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September 2021

  • Simon Middleburgh and NFI Honorary Professor Lyndon Edwards quoted by Nature in article on molten salt nuclear reactor technology (21/9/2021) - The Nuclear Future’s Institute’s Dr Simon Middleburgh and NFI Honorary Professor Lyndon Edwards have been quoted in a press release article by Nature on molten salt nuclear reactor technology. Nature was first published in 1869 and is the world's leading multidisciplinary science journal. Nature publishes the finest peer-reviewed research that drives innovation in the world’s most important scientific topics.
  • The Nuclear Futures Institute attends the Cambridge UK Nuclear Academics Meeting (21/9/2021) - The Nuclear Academics Meeting 2021, provided a forum for academics working on nuclear energy-related research, from new build through to decommissioning of existing reactors to discuss topics of common interest. The Nuclear Academics Meeting attracts speakers from industry, academia, both national and international. This year’s Nuclear Academics Meeting was held by the University of Cambridge on the […]

August 2021

  • The future of medical radioisotope production in the UK, Nuclear Future article (16/8/2021) - Lee Evitts, Fiona Pearce, Simon Middleburgh, Michael Rushton and Bill Lee have had their latest article published in the Nuclear Future magazine. The article is called “The future of medical radioisotope production in the UK” and can be found in the July/August 2021 issue (membership required). Since Henri Becquerel’s discovery in 1896, radioactivity has been […]

July 2021

  • NFI Releases AMR Report to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050 (13/7/2021) - The Nuclear Futures Institute have released a report outlining how the delivery of carbon Net Zero entirely depends on the successful deployment of a range of low carbon technologies working in tandem with each other - including nuclear power.
  • Honorary Research Fellow Thomas Davis gives Presentation to the NFI (6/7/2021) - The Nuclear Futures Institute would like to extend our gratitude to Dr Thomas Davis for presenting to us at the NFI student meeting on Friday 2nd of July 2021.  Tom’s presentation discussed various aspects of research in nuclear science, ranging from sodium-cooled fast reactors, ferritic-martensitic steels, atom probe spectroscopy and TEM. Tom’s areas of expertise […]
  • National Nuclear Labs launches new base in North Wales (2/7/2021) - The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has formalised its research and development ambitions in Wales with the launch of a new base on Ynys Môn/Isle of Anglesey.

June 2021

  • Prof. Bill Lee awarded ACerS Distinguished Life Member Award (23/6/2021) - The American Ceramic Society, an organisation that strives to advance the understanding of ceramics and other materials, has awarded one of its three 2021 Distinguished Life Membership awards to Professor Bill Lee of the Nuclear Futures Institute. The Distinguished Life Membership Award is the highest honour that can be granted to members of The American […]
  • New Publication: Diffusion in doped and undoped amorphous zirconia (21/6/2021) - Congratulations to KESS2 PhD candidate Megan Owen who has published her first paper in the Journal of Nuclear Materials! The Nuclear Futures Institute is very pleased to announce a new publication by PhD student Megan Owen, the paper was co-authored by Michael Rushton, Lee Evitts, Bill Lee and Simon Middleburgh. The paper was published in the […]
  • Thorium paper presented at annual ITWG Meeting (21/6/2021) - The paper Utilizing neutronics modelling to predict changing Pu ratios in UO2 in the presence of Th, authored by Lee Evitts and co-authored by Matthew Gilbert and Simon Middleburgh of the Nuclear Futures Institute has been presented at the annual meeting of the International Technical Working Group on Nuclear Forensics (ITWG; The paper was presented […]
  • The NFI is awarded the IOM3 Platinum Medal (3/6/2021) - The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has awarded their Platinum Medal to Professor Bill Lee and the Nuclear Futures Institute. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has awarded the Platinum Medal to Professor Bill Lee of Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute in recognition of their outstanding record of research accomplishments in […]

May 2021

  • PhD student Megan Owen offered Delegate Position at ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (19/5/2021) - PhD Student Megan Owen has recently been offered a position as a Delegate at The American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA). The American Ceramic Society sets out to advance the study, understanding, and use of ceramics and related materials. More than 10,000 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing […]
  • New Publication: Performance and economic assessment of enriched gadolinia burnable absorbers (19/5/2021) - The Nuclear Futures Institute are very pleased to announce the publication of a new research paper written by PhD Student Mustafa Bolukbasi, co-authored by Simon Middleburgh, Marcus Dahlfors, and Professor Bill Lee. The paper is titled “Performance and economic assessment of enriched gadolinia burnable absorbers.” This paper was published in the Progress in Nuclear Energy […]
  • Doing more with nuclear, article in The Energy Institute’s Energy World magazine (7/5/2021) - Dr. Michael Rushton and Professor Bill Lee have had their latest article published in the Energy World magazine. The article is called “Doing more with nuclear” and can be found in the May 2021 issue (membership required). Why stop at power generation? Here, Michael JD Rushton and William E Lee suggest that small modular and […]
  • AMR & AGR Workshop 2021 (7/5/2021) - Congratulations to Professor Bill Lee, Professor Andrew Sherry and all of the organisers who all were instrumental in making the AGR AMR Workshop a success. The Nuclear Futures Institute would also like to thank all speakers and attendees for taking part in our workshop. Following the workshop, the Nuclear Futures Institute will draft a report […]
  • New Publication: Utilizing neutronics modelling to predict changing Pu ratios in UO₂ in the presence of Th (4/5/2021) - The Nuclear Futures Institute is very pleased to announce a new publication led by Dr Lee Evitts and co-authored by Dr Simon Middleburgh, Prof Bill Lee and Dr Marcus Dahlfors of the Nuclear Medicine Research Group. Lee’s publication can be found in the international journal Progress in Nuclear Energy. The isotopic fractions of plutonium produced in a […]

April 2021

  • Good News: The NFI Welcomes New Team Members and Research Group (9/4/2021) -   Once again, the Nuclear Futures Institute has expanded with new staff members and the launch of a new research group. The NFI happily welcomes Dr Hafiz Ahmed to the team, who will lead the group’s research efforts in the field of Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Engineering (NICE) – this is the newest Nuclear Futures […]
  • Best of Luck, Iuliia! (8/4/2021) - The Nuclear Futures Institute are sad to announce that Iuliia has decided to move on to her newest role at the University of Birmingham.  On behalf of the entire Nuclear Futures Institute, Iuliia will be a sorely missed colleague and we are very sad to see her go. We would like to wish Iuliia the […]

March 2021

  • PhD student Megan Owen makes BBC Radio Cymru Appearance (12/3/2021) - PhD student Megan Owen has made another BBC Radio Cymru appearance to describe different historical events in nuclear. Megan appeared on the “Dros Gino” (Over Lunch) show hosted by Catrin Haf Jones. The program examines the events of the Fukushima Daiichi, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island and discusses the lessons learned that are to be taken […]
  • Sêr Cymru Reader Dr Simon Middleburgh contributes to British Science Week (12/3/2021) - British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 5-14 March 2021. As part of British Science Week, the Welsh Government Office for Science has created a series of videos from prominent Sêr Cymru programme researchers throughout Wales. The prestigious Sêr Cymru programme is the multi-million-pound […]
  • Bangor University joins Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (9/3/2021) - Following a market study completed in March 2020, the Welsh government worked with the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, the Canadian Nuclear Association, and Natural Resources Canada on a digital trade mission. The four-day event explored bilateral opportunities in Canada, the UK, and other markets of interest for Welsh and Canadian companies. As part of […]

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

  • PhD student Megan Owen interviewed by BBC Radio Cymru (28/11/2020) - In light of the current developments surrounding nuclear power in the UK, PhD student Megan Owen was interviewed by BBC Radio Cymru, to describe her research at the Nuclear Futures Institute and to give her thoughts on the future of nuclear. Megan took part in two shows aired on BBC Radio Cymru, which were ‘Dros […]
  • Universities Nuclear Technology Forum (UNTF) Review (18/11/2020) - On 10th November 2020, Bangor University hosted the Universities Technology Forum (UNTF) in conjunction with the Nuclear Institute through the Nuclear Academic Liaison Subcommittee (NAILS). The following article describes the experience of two of our research students (Corey Bevan and Christopher Moore) as they attended the meeting. This year we hosted the meeting online but […]
  • The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry – article in The Conversation (4/11/2020) - Prof. Bill Lee and Dr. Michael Rushton have recently had an article published in  The Conversation which discusses the opportunities for future nuclear power to deliver so much more than electricity.  Read the article here…

October 2020

  • Group day to Snowdon – October 2020 (9/10/2020) - The time was 9.30am: the clouds broke above Llanberis in North Wales as Bangor’s finest nuclear engineers and scientists, young and old, congregated at the foot of Snowdon. It had been some time since many had needed to communicate face-to-face with other humans and this was clear – but there was excitement in the air.  […]
  • Bangor’s Nuclear Academics Make Key Contribution to Royal Society’s Report on Nuclear Co-Generation (7/10/2020) - The Royal Society has today released a policy briefing exploring how nuclear power could used beyond electricity generation to help decarbonise the economy. Bangor University academics made key contributions to the report. Prof. Bill Lee was an author and member of the the policy briefing’s steering group. Dr. Michael Rushton also wrote about historical examples […]
  • Postdocs in Nuclear Energy (PiNE) 2020 (1/10/2020) - On September 30th, PiNE2020 online conference was successfully held and led by Iuliia and Lee. Speakers from leading universities in the UK presented high-quality research work within the nuclear energy sector. Dalton Fellow in Nuclear Fuel Technology, Dr. Joel Turner, from the University of Manchester, and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Knowles, from the […]

September 2020

  • Seminar at University of Bristol (30/9/2020) - Simon Middleburgh gave a well-attended presentation at the Materials and Devices Seminar at the University of Bristol. He was invited by long-time collaborator Dr. Dong (Lilly) Liu.  He presented his ongoing work understanding the benefits of Advanced Technology Fuels (ATFs) and the economic benefits of moving to new materials. This includes the work published in […]
  • MUZIC-3/MIDAS Joint Conference (30/9/2020) - In light of COVID-19, the MUZIC-3/MIDAS joint conference was hosted virtually between the 10th and 16th of September, instead of the original plans to host a face-to-face meeting at Bangor University. Academics and industrial partners discussed further advancements in the Mechanistic Understanding of Zirconium In Corrosion (MUZIC) and the Mechanistic Understanding of Irradiation Damage in […]
  • Research Masters: Fusion Fuel Cycle (2/9/2020) - Energy from nuclear fusion is the result of the fusion of light atoms such as the isotopes of hydrogen –  deuterium (2H) and tritium (3H). The most favoured fusion reaction is the so-called D-T reaction which fuses  2H (D) and 3H (T) to produce 4He and a neutron (plus a staggering 17.6 MeV of kinetic energy). […]

July 2020

  • CDT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Course Starts at Bangor (27/7/2020) - The Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) has begun its lecture series on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. Dr. Simon Middleburgh and Prof. Ian Farnan (University of Cambridge) are providing an online lecture series discussing the nuclear fuel cycle from extraction to disposal/recycling.  On Monday 27th July, Prof. Farnan gave the first lecture, describing […]
  • AMR Competition Announcement (27/7/2020) - The Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor is proud to be part of the Westinghouse led consortium tasked with developing Lead-cooled Fast Reactor technology. The £10M programme is sponsored by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Feasibility and Development project. The Westinghouse LFR is a 450 MWe Gen. 4 reactor. […]
  • New Publication: Synthesis of Candidate Advanced Technology Fuel – Uranium Diboride via Carbo/Borothermic Reduction of Uranium Dioxide (22/7/2020) - Uranium diboride (UB2) has a greater uranium density and a higher thermal conductivity than UO2, both traits that result in increased performance for nuclear fuels. For the first time, UB2 has been prepared via a method suitable for industrial production. A synthesis procedure suitable for industrial-scale production is a key requirement for any nuclear fuel […]
  • New Publication: Thermal conductivity variation with Gd accommodation in Gd-doped UO₂ using the NEMD method (20/7/2020) - We are very pleased to announce the publication our new paper looking at how doping uranium dioxide fuel with gadolinium affects its thermal conductivity. Doping is a useful tool for optimising the performance of fuel, so understanding how it affects thermo-physical properties is important for the safe and reliable operation of nuclear reactors. Bangor’s own […]
  • Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network Speaking Competition 2020 (1/7/2020) - Congratulations to our research fellow, Iuliia Ipatova, for the 2d place in the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network (NI YGN) Speaking Competition! NI YGN Speaking Competition is back in 2020. This year’s competition was held via webinar. And on the 25th of June Iuliia delivered her talk in this event organized by the YGN in […]

June 2020

April 2020

  • Seminar “Nuclear technologies: myths and facts”. (16/4/2020) - In April 2020 our research fellow, Iuliia Ipatova, was invited to deliver a guest seminar on the fundamentals of nuclear technologies to the Chemistry department of Bangor University. During the lecture, students learned about nuclear fission, nuclear fusion and how energy is released from both processes. The recording of the lecture is provided here. During the presentation Iuliia covers the […]

March 2020

February 2020

  • Dr. Andrew Duff seminar and workshop at Bangor University (20/2/2020) - On the 19th February 2020, Dr Andrew Duff, Project Scientist, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, gave a seminar titled “Application of Computational Methods for Modelling of Scientific and Technological Processes at STFC” – invited by Dr. Simon Middleburgh.  Andrew introduced the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and various centres that it is made up of. His talk introduced some of the computational challenges that are being addressed by researchers […]
  • Bangor UNTF 2020: 10th November 2020 (20/2/2020) - Nuclear Futures are proud to be remotely hosting the Universities’ Nuclear Technology Forum conference at Bangor University on 10th November 2020. Find out more and register at the official website. This meeting is aimed at nuclear postgraduate students and provides them with a great opportunity to present work early in their PhD and build […]
  • Modelling in Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar will be hosted by Bangor on 4th/5th November 2020 (17/2/2020) - The Nuclear Futures group at Bangor University will be hosting the Modelling in Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar on the 4th and 5th November 2020. Looking forward to seeing many collaborators from around the nuclear industry there. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details about registering, activities in the area and tours of […]
  • MUZIC-3, Switzerland 2020 (11/2/2020) - The third iteration of the Mechanistic Understanding of Zirconium Corrosion (MUZIC-3) consortium held its first conference of 2020 in Switzerland this January. The aim of the consortium is to enable the sharing of research amongst peers, in order to improve our understanding of the corrosion of zirconium alloy within a nuclear reactor. The countries that […]

January 2020

  • Publication: Modelling the Thermal Conductivity of UB2 and ZrB2 (14/1/2020) - There is a global effort within the nuclear industry to develop an alternate fission fuel to UO2 that could be safer, more efficient and cheaper to produce.  One such alternative is uranium diboride (UB2) owing to its increased uranium density and thermal conductivity over UO2. Before an alternative fuel can be considered as a viable […]