Nuclear Centre


Nuclear Materials

Materials in the nuclear industry are often exposed to extreme conditions, including high temperatures and long term damage by irradiation. Developing materials capable of withstanding these challending environments requires an indepth understanding of the radiation damage processes and material's properties. The UCL Nuclear Centre is a world leading centre for the study of radiation effects in materials, employing state of the art simulation techniques to predict the atomic scale response of materias to irradiation.

Designing materials to help deal with our nuclear legacy is a major theme of the Nuclear Centre. Our researchers are exploring new materials such as hybrid polymeric materials for radiation protection and advanced silicate glasses for the long term stroage of nuclear waste. Understanding the structure and reacitivty of these complex materials (see image below) allows us to plan for a safer nuclear future.


Current projects include

  • Modelling structural modifications by electronic excitations in band gap materials
  • Heavy metal ions in multicomponent glasses: The local atomic structure and mechanism of charge compensation
  • Modelling the nucleation of fission product aerosols in consequence analysis
  • Simulation of hybrid polymeric materials for radiation protection
  • Modelling of catalytic hydrogen getters

Academic staff

Staff Member
Contact Details
Dr. Rob Bell r.g.bell@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7679 1488
Structure and reactivity of matrials for radiation mitigation, zeolites
Prof. Dorothy Duffy d.duffy@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7679 3032
Radiation damage, electronic excitation
Prof. Ian Ford i.ford@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7679 7136
Aerosol nucleation
Dr. Adrian Jones adrian.jones@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7679 2415 
Dr. Dewi Lewis d.w.lewis@ucl.ac.uk 
+44 (0)20 7679 4779 

Research staff

Staff Member
Contact Details
Dr. Samuell Murphy  samuel.murphy@ucl.ac.uk Simulations of radiation damage, electronic effects in radiation damage, point defects and fission products in nuclear fuels, breeder blanket materials 
Dr. Julian Thompson   julian.thompson@ucl.ac.uk Aerosol nucleation

PhD students

Staff Member
Contact Details
Mr Simon Austin simon.austin.13@ucl.ac.uk Simulations of structure and reactivity for radiation mitigation
Mr Galvin Khara   galvin.khara.12@ucl.ac.uk Simulations of radiation damage in materials, electronic effects in insulators 
Mr Konstantinos Konstantiou  konstantinos.konstantinou13@ucl.ac.uk Radioactive waste, structure of glasses