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Alexander Lin-Vines

Alex Lin-Vines
Alexander is a MRes student that is studying high entropy alloys where he has produced a 5+ element metallic material to apply in a nuclear fusion application. This material will act as the first wall material in direct contact with the plasma in a tokamak style reactor.
His studies also include studies on HEAs to allow for more control over desirable properties.

Alex’s current research includes studying the neutron and ion radiation resistance of metallic 5+ element materials, he is also calculating the Frenkel defect energy of the material which will allow for greater insight on how long the material will last while producing as little waste as possible.
Alex is also interested in calculating the energy for Frenkel defects to occur as increasing this energy is desirable for a longer lasting material.

Previous Undergraduate Projects

Joe Pollard

Joe Pollard

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.

He returned in the Autumn of 2019 to do his final year Masters research project with us. During this time he investigated the synthesis of new plasma-facing materials (that could potentially be used within nuclear fusion reactors), combining practical laboratory techniques and theoretical calculations. 

Nuclear Energy Futures CDT LogoJoe successfully completed his studies at Bangor and continuing on the theme he started with us has moved to Imperial College in London to start a PhD (Autumn 2020) in fusion materials sponsored by Tokamak Energy. He will be conducting this through the Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral training. Bangor is a constituent member of this CDT so we hope that we’ll be able to keep up with Joe in the coming years.