Nuclear expertise and academic capacity at Bangor University is expanding rapidly with the appointment of international research ‘stars’, plus their supporting research teams, funded by the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme and the European Regional Development Fund.


Bill Lee

Prof. Bill Lee FREng

Professor Bill Lee is Director of the Nuclear Futures Institute and Sêr Cymru Professor of Materials in Extreme Environments at Bangor University. Bill is also Emeritus Professor of Materials and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Security Science and Technology (ISST) at Imperial College London. He was previously Deputy Chair of the BEIS Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), a member of the UK Government Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) and is a former President of the American Ceramic Society.

Materials Academics

Simon Middleburgh

Dr. Simon Middleburgh

Simon is a Reader in nuclear materials and joined Bangor in 2018 having previously held positions with Westinghouse and ANSTO.

Michael Rushton

Dr. Michael Rushton

Michael is a senior lecturer with interests in the atomic scale modelling of materials.

Dr. Abdullah Mamun

Abdullah is a lecturer in structural integrity with interests in advanced materials and additive manufacturing.

Materials Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows

Dr. Robert Annewandter

Robert joined the team in March 2022 and is modelling nuclear fuel and nuclear materials for fusor systems, and fuel performance codes for fission systems. His interest is also in subsurface flow and transport modelling for the CTBT.

Dr. Anita Crompton

Anita has a PhD in nuclear engineering. She has an interest in and is researching how nuclear co-generation can help the UK achieve net zero carbon emissions. Anita has also worked in the nuclear industry as an EC&I engineer.

Dr. Alberto Fraile

Alberto joined the Nuclear Futures Institute in July 2021 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. His main research revolves around the corrosion caused by liquid metals. He is also interested in the design of materials to be used in extreme environments.

Dr. Mehdi Ghardi

Mehdi is a PDRA with an interest in atomistic simulations and numerical modeling of amorphous materials. His work at the Nuclear Futures Institute includes the application of glass science to the nuclear industry.

Gaurav Gupta

Dr. Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav is a PDRA with research interests in the development of functionalized glass and glass-ceramics for photonic and optical applications. Gaurav's research at the NFI involves radiation hard sensors.

Dr. Gauri Mahalle

Gauri’s research is focused on computational methods for material modelling of hot deformation and fracture behaviour of advanced alloy for a wide range of applications.

Dr. Phylis Makurunje

Phylis brings a wealth of experience in ceramic materials processing and is working on fuel manufacture and design.

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Dr. Ritesh Mohun

Ritesh's research focuses on the synthesis and behaviour of novel materials, including those designed for nuclear fuel applications, under relevant operational environments. He is also interested in atomic scale modelling to understand mechanisms that can be linked into Mesoscale/Engineering scale models.

Reactor Design & Thermal Hydraulics Academics


Dr. Marcus Dahlfors

Marcus has a background of 23 years in the nuclear energy and closely related research. While in academia his research was focused on accelerator driven systems for the transmutation of nuclear waste.

Dr. Marat Margulis

Marat is a Lecturer in Reactor Design & Thermal Hydraulics. He joined the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University in May 2021. Marat has experience developing advanced methods for the analysis of advanced nuclear systems and reactor physics.

Reactor Design & Thermal Hydraulics Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows

Dr. Jivan Khatry

Jivan Khatry joins Bangor University with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering. He also has some research experiences after the PhD. He is from a thermal-hydraulics background, with research interests in reactor design, advanced nuclear reactors, and small modular reactors.

Dr. Jinfeng Li

Jinfeng has backgrounds in reactor physics, microwave engineering, and power electronics. His research interests are in reactor core modelling using deterministic-Monte Carlo codes, and sensor systems development for reactor thermal-hydraulic facilities.

Nuclear Medicine Academics

Dr. Lee J Evitts

Dr Lee J. Evitts was appointed as a Lecturer in Nuclear Medicine at the Nuclear Futures Institute in 2020, following on from a post-doctoral position within the same institution. Lee’s research interests are in novel applications of radionuclides for the diagnosis and therapuetic treatment of disease.

Nuclear Medicine Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows

Dr. Fiona Pearce

Fiona joined the Nuclear Futures Institute in March 2021 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Nuclear Medicine. Her research interests include radiation detection and instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine and novel applications of radioisotopes.

Regulation & Policy Academics

Laurence Williams

Prof. Laurence Williams

Professor Laurence Williams is Ser Cymru Professor of Nuclear Policy and Regulation. His interests lie in safety and regulation. Laurence was previously Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations.

Regulation & Policy Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows

Wendy Owen

Wendy Owen

Wendy Owen is a Research Associate in the Regulation and Policy Group. She has extensive experience of safety and dependability cases in a range of highly regulated sectors including energy, transport and defence, and has long been actively involved in supporting the development of safety legislation, standards and guidance. Her current research supports the development of design safety guidelines for future fusion plants.

Nuclear Instrumentation & Control Engineering Academics

Hafiz Ahmed

Dr. Hafiz Ahmed

Hafiz is a senior lecturer with interests in data-driven and artificial intelligence assisted control, estimation and health monitoring techniques.

Nuclear Instrumentation & Control Engineering Research Associates and Fellows

Dr. Abiodun Ayodeji

Abiodun is a Research Associate in the Nuclear Control and Instrumentation Group. He has extensive experience in the application of machine learning algorithms for the safety and security of nuclear energy and aerospace engineering systems. His current research is focused on artificial intelligence-enhanced process control and health monitoring. His research interests include industrial application of Artificial Intelligence, smart manufacturing, cyber security and nuclear material security

Honorary/Visiting Academics & Industrial Supervisors

Jack Astbury
Honorary Research Fellow

Jack is an honorary research fellow at the Nuclear Futures Institute and leads the Reactor Technology and Neutronics areas in the UK's leading private fusion company - Tokamak Energy. Jack also chairs the Tokamak Energy Materials Advisory Panel.

Prof. Marjorie Bertolus
Honorary Professor

Marjorie is a Research Director in atomic and multiscale modelling of materials under irradiation. She is a member of the board of the Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials of the European Energy Research Alliance and is the coordinator of the European project, INSPYRE (2017-2022).

David Bowden

David Bowden
Honorary Research Fellow

David is the Materials for Fusion Group leader at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). David is leading the UKAEA team dedicated to the research and development of low-readiness materials for use in future commercial fusion power plants.

Dr. Antoine Claisse
Honorary Research Fellow

Antoine is an honorary research fellow at the Nuclear Futures Institute and a principal engineer at Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB. He brings a wealth of knowledge related to advanced fuel modelling, the commercialisation of materials.

Dr. Aidan Cole-Baker
Honorary Research Fellow

Aidan is an industrial supervisor at the Nuclear Futures Institute. Aidan is a managing consultant for materials science at Jacobs, specialising in reactor materials.

Prof. Francesco D'Auria
Honorary Professor

Francesco D’Auria received his Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1978 and PHD degree in Nuclear Reactor Safety in 1980 both at University of Pisa. His areas of key knowledge are thermal-hydraulics, energy and nuclear systems, applications of radiation in technology and applied thermodynamics.

Dr. Thomas Davis
Honorary Research Fellow

Thomas is an honorary research fellow at the Nuclear Futures Institute. Tom is a Director of Davis & Musgrove Ltd. His research focuses on structural, radiation shielding, and novel materials for fusion and fission systems.

Prof. Lyndon Edwards
Honorary Professor

Prof Lyndon Edwards is an honorary professor at the Nuclear Futures Institute and the National Director of Generation IV Research at ANSTO. His research focuses on how technology can reduce the time to deployment of advanced reactor systems.

Matthew Gilbert

Dr. Matthew Gilbert
Honorary Research Fellow

Matt is a senior scientist in Nuclear Forensics at AWE. He brings extensive experience in the processing signatures of actinide materials to determine history and provenance.

Prof. Mark Gilbert
Honorary Professor

Mark is a programme leader at United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. Mark has more than 15 years’ experience working on computational nuclear inventory analysis and nuclear materials modelling.

Prof. David Goddard
Honorary Professor

Dave is a Fellow of the National Nuclear Laboratory working in the area of nuclear fuel manufacture. He has experience providing operational support to current fuel manufacturing plants as well as leading the development of new fuel and cladding materials for the next generation of reactors.

Prof. Yassin Hassan
Honorary Professor

Yassin A. Hassan is the L.F. Peterson '36 Chair II in Engineering, Regents Professor and professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA. He is a member of US National Academy of Engineering.

Mike Hawkes
Honorary Research Fellow

Mike Hawkes of Capventis has a technical background encompassing nuclear defence and high-performance / high-availability distributed computing for broadcast and mobile services. Mike brings his expertise in the areas of control & instrumentation and cyber security.

Dr. Iuliia Ipatova

Dr. Iuliia Ipatova
Honorary Research Fellow

Iuliia is a Research Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham where she is the experimental leader in electron microscopy and radiation damage characterisation in metals and ceramics. Iuliia was a materials PDRA in the NFI between May 2018- March 2021.

John Idris Jones

Prof. John Idris Jones
Honorary Professor

John Idris Jones is an honorary professor in the group. He is Chair of the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone and was previously Engineering Manager at the Magnox station at Wylfa.


Dr. Jean-Marie Le Corre
Honorary Research Fellow

Jean-Marie is an honorary fellow engineer and BWR core thermal-hydraulics technical lead at Westinghouse Electric Sweden.

Dewi Meirion Lewis

Prof. Dewi Meirion Lewis FLSW
Honorary Professor

Professor Dewi Lewis is a Welsh physicist in nuclear medicine & technologies specialising in radio pharmaceuticals using cyclotron accelerators and nuclear research reactors. Dewi is a member of the Fellow Learned Society of Wales, Wales' top academic recognition.

John Lillington

Prof. John Lillington
Honorary Professor

John is currently a Chief Technologist within Jacobs and is an Honorary Professor at Bangor University in the School of Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering.

Dr. Julian MacDonald
Honorary Research Fellow

Julian is an honorary research fellow at the Nuclear Futures Institute. He is a nuclear medicine physicist and Head of Radioisotope Physics and Clinical Engineering in the North Wales Medical Physics Department of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). He is the current Chair of the central BCUHB Research & Innovation Board.

Mattias Puide
Honorary Research Fellow

Mattias is a principal engineer at Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB. He has a background in the advanced manufacture of ceramics and nuclear fuels.

Prof. em. Horst-Michael Prasser
Honorary Professor

Michael has been professor of nuclear energy systems at ETH Zurich. His background is in thermal-hydraulics with a focus on innovative experimental techniques and advanced instrumentation.

Prof. Andrew Sherry FREng
Visiting Professor

Andrew Sherry is a Professor at the University of Manchester with interest in nuclear technology, structural integrity and materials. Professor Sherry is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK's top engineering recognition.

Prof. Paul Smith
Honorary Professor

Prof Paul Smith is the manager of Jacobs’ ANSWERS Software Service. He has worked in mathematical modelling in the nuclear industry for over 37 years.

Prof. John Stairmand
Honorary Professor

John is the Technical Director of the Technology and Consulting business of Jacobs. In the first half of his career he carried out modelling, experimentation and product innovation in thermal hydraulics and mass transfer.

Julian Vance-Daniel
Honorary Research Fellow

Julian is an honorary research fellow assisting with the thermal hydraulics facilities at Nuclear Futures Bangor. He is Managing Director of Vessco Engineering Ltd a supplier of pressure vessels and high integrity fabrications to Hinkley Point C and other civil nuclear sites.

Prof. Lynda Warren OBE
Honorary Professor

Lynda is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law at Aberystwyth University and a Honorary Professor in the group. She has a special interest in law and policy relating to the nuclear industry and was Deputy Chair of the BEIS Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

Prof. Janet Wilson
Honorary Professor

Janet has spent the majority of her career to date working in the nuclear sector (public and private both civil and defence) at senior and executive level with an expert interest in areas of organisational development, regulation, nuclear safety, security, environment, non-proliferation and armed response policing.


Ph.D Students


Corey Bevan

Corey recently graduated from Bangor University with first class MEng degree in Electronic Engineering. During his studies, he has participated in projects involving the design of optical sensor systems and Internet of Things wireless sensor network systems.


Mustafa Bolukbasi

Mustafa completed his Applied Metallurgical and Materials Engineering education in Turkey. During this time, he worked with a range of techniques including Non-Destructive testing of aviation materials in “Turkish Technic”. After this he worked in the architectural aluminium industry as a quality engineer.


Conor Buchanan

Conor recently completed a Bsc(Hons) in physics with nuclear technology at the University of the West of Scotland. Conor's PhD project focuses on studying Auger electrons for use in targeted cancer therapy.

Fabio Martini

Fabio Martini

In June 2019, Fabio joined the Nuclear Futures Institute as a PhD student sponsored by Westinghouse Electric and by the KESS 2 program. Fabio is now working on the development of novel composite nuclear fuels to be used in commercial power plants.

India Marshall

India's research involves coupling finite element method analysis and biomimicry - the emulation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex engineering problems.

Chris Moore TMS 2022

Christopher Moore

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.

Megan Owen

Megan Owen

Megan completed her degree in Electronic Engineering B.Eng at Bangor University before joining the Materials in Extreme Environments research group in August 2019 as a Ph.D. student. Her Ph.D. project focuses on the corrosion of zirconium alloys used within the nuclear industry and the possible role of alloying elements on grain boundary complexions.

Harvey Plows

Harvey obtained an integrated master’s degree in physics, with a focus on nuclear technology, at Nottingham Trent University in 2021. After this, Harvey joined Bangor University having secured funding for a PhD through the Draper's Company Scholarship and the EPSRC’s Nuclear Energy Futures CDT. His PhD work shall focus on developing instruments and experiments for the THOR facility.

Gareth Stephens

Gareth Stephens

Gareth’s particular area of study is interested in the cladding that holds the fuel within the nuclear reactors. Gareth’s academic studies began in mid Wales at Aberystwyth University where he received a masters of materials physics in 2019. From there, He was granted the opportunity to study towards a PhD within the fantastic Nuclear Futures Bangor team.

Sarah Vallely

Sarah’s PhD project focuses on supporting research into Advanced Technology Fuels (ATFs), in particular Uranium Nitride (UN). Sarah’s research involves both carrying out computational modelling and performing laboratory experiments in order to assess the suitability of UN as an ATF.


Jack Wilson

Jack completed his integrated masters degree in Chemistry at Bangor University in 2019 working his final year in organometallic catalysis. Jack is supporting 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.

MRes Students

Alexander Lin-Vines

Alexander is a MRes student that is studying high entropy alloys where he has produced a 5+ element metallic material. His work also includes 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.

Technical and Support Staff

Dr. John Thomas

John is the Chief Technician of the Nuclear Futures Institute. He has successfully built complex systems operating under ultra-high vacuum with samples at elevated temperatures as well as instruments operating at cryogenic conditions.

David Williams

David is the Senior Lab technician within the Nuclear Futures Bangor team. David completed his MChem in 2016 at Bangor University and has a background of 4 years within the chemical industry. He is a Welsh speaker who grew up around the Bangor area.


Samuel Owen

Sam is the NFI's resident computer-based research technician and IT generalist. He has a Chemistry postgraduate degree, experience with IoT systems, and 3D design with programs such as Houdini. His role is to aid academics and students with technology as well as acting as a bridge between the NFI and the Welsh-speaking local community.

Emily Robinson

Emily studied art and graduated from the University of Arts London in 2018, she is a Welsh speaker and local to the Bangor area. Her primary duties as a clerical officer are to assist the NFI in their daily activities and offer support for students and staff.