Jack completed his integrated masters degree in Chemistry at Bangor University in 2019 working his final year in organometallic catalysis. The title “Synthesis and application of novel manganese (III) catalysts towards classic epoxidation and sulfoxidation reactions” formed his final research topic, gaining experience in single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, Raman, FTIR and NMR spectroscopy as well as mass spectrometry and various chromatographic techniques.
Jack is keen to use the skills that he has learnt to support the development of accident tolerant fuel cladding as part of the Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training. His project will highlight the potential use for high entropy alloys in water reactors and beyond, and will combine cutting edge atomic scale modelling methodology with targeted experiments to advance the field.
Jack’s first experience with materials came during summer work with Liquids Research ltd. in Bangor where he produced and characterised magnetorheological and ferro-fluid formulations as part of an industrial R&D project, gaining valuable experience in magnetometry, rheometry and working with mechanical testing of non-Newtonian (thixotropic) fluids.
Z. Al-Taie, S. Anetts, J. Christensen, S. Coles, P. Horton, D. Evans, L. Jones, F. de Kleijne, S. Ledbetter, Y. Mehdar, P. Murphy and J. Wilson, RSC Advances, 2020, 10, 22397-22416. doi:10.1039/C9RA07508A