Current Undergraduate Projects
Plasma facing materials for fusion
Joe Pollard returned for his Masters research project in order to investigate the synthesis of new plasma-facing materials (that could potentially be used within nuclear fusion reactors), combining practical laboratory techniques and theoretical calculations. This project is supervised by Dr Simon Middleburgh.
Countering the plastic peril
India Marshall has joined our research group as a semester intern, investigating the feasibility of repurposing nuclear waste to break down plastic waste. This will be accomplished primarily through advanced analytical techniques following experimental studies. This project is supervised by Dr Lee J. Evitts.
Previous Undergraduate Projects
Synthesis of Synroc
Joe Pollard joined our research as a summer intern in 2019 to investigate the high-level waste immobilisation into ceramic phases. Joe synthesized and analyzed pellets of Synroc (which are synthetic counterparts of naturally observed waste forms). Additionally, Joe performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations to determine incorporation energies of waste products into different phases, confirming experimental results.