Having completed his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at Bangor university 2020 where he was presented with the Peboc award (best 3rd-year student), Christopher applied for a Masters by research position with the Bangor Nuclear Futures Institute. This decision was made with the hope of furthering his knowledge of physical and inorganic chemistry, specifically in the area of nuclear materials in fusion technology.
Christopher’s research project is focused on developing an alloy that will be used as a neutron radiation shielding material for internal components of compact spherical tokamak reactors.
This project is sponsored by Tokamak Energy and is aimed at improving on current materials which offer inadequate protection for long fusion cycles due to the geometry constraints of the compact reactors. The project will combine both computational and experimental methods to initially model prospective materials and then synthesise, test and identify potential candidates.
Previously, Christopher conducted a computational chemistry research project which used multiconfigurational self-consistent field calculations to provide the zero-field splitting energies for various Mn(III) centred complexes. This, combined with several years of industrial experience from working at Bureau Veritas’ metals and minerals department, will provide the necessary skills to conduct material simulations and subsequent experimental procedures.