In June 2019, Fabio joined the Nuclear Futures Institute as a PhD student sponsored by Westinghouse Electric and by the KESS 2 program.
He is working on the development of novel composite nuclear fuels to be used in commercial power plants. The project involves a combined computational and experimental approach; the behaviour of promising compounds and materials is simulated via multiscale modelling (utilizing the Supercomputing Wales hub) and the materials are then prepared and characterized in the MERLIN laboratory of the Nuclear Futures Institute.
Fabio studied in Pisa, Italy, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Pisa. While at the University of Pisa he was also a student at the Scuola Normale Superiore, from which he received a five-year Diploma in Chemistry.
His previous research interests include polymer chemistry and catalysis for the abatement of automotive pollutants.
Supervised by Dr. Simon Middleburgh