News Archive (2011)

10/11/11: New researchers join the project

In October, we welcomed five new doctoral students: James Gibson, Alan Xu, Daniel Thompson, Andrew London and Chris Jones. In November, Phil Edmondson joined us as a postdoctoral researcher in Atom Probe and Electron Microscopy.

8/11/11: Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research centre launched

The Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre was officially launched in Bristol on 8 November. The centre will coordinate and provide multi-disciplinary research to support current and future nuclear systems, including fusion. For more details, see

28-29/9/11: Nuclear Materials - Ion Implantation as a Neutron Irradiation Analogue

This workshop explored how we can use ion implantation as a "physical model" for neutron irradiation of materials. Keynote speakers addreseed the basic principles, experimental methods and facilities, post-irradiation examination and property evaluation, in-situ methods and the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques.

Further information, including speakers, timetable, is available here..

17/6/11: "I'm a Scientist - Get me out of here!"

Dave Armstrong and James Marrow are fielding school students' questions about science on IASGMOOH!  Will the world end in 2011? What's your favourite pizza topping? Will fusion power work, and when? If there is a edge that space stops at what would be on the other side ???

17/6/11: TEM in-situ irradiations at Argonne Natl. Lab.

Martha Briceno, Xiaoou Yi and Mike Jenkins are away to spend a week with Mark Kirk at  the IVEM facility at ANL doing some high temperature in-situ ion-irradiations on tungsten and ODS steels.

10/5/11: Rosenheim Conference

David Armstrong and Xiaoou Yi were at the 13th International Workshop on Plasma Facing Components for Fusion Applications and 1st International Conference On Fusion Energy Materials, in Rosenheim Germany, presenting their work on TEM and micro-mechanics in tungsten and tungsten alloys.

8/4/11: Nuclear Materials Short Course

Oxford, 4-8 April 2011

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves! We had 36 registrants, listening to, and discussing issues with 17 lecturers, over five 9-hour days. We also had a very enjoyable dinner...

25/3/11: Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Atom-probe Tomography of Irradiated Materials

This post is to develop atom-probe tomography, field-ion microscopy, and electron microscopy to study radiation-damaged materials, mainly tungsten alloys and iron-based alloys. As well as researching the effects of radiation damage on the materials involved, the project aims to work on achieving significant improvements in the resolution of the AP techniques.

For further details see here.

11/2/11: New high-temperature nanotester arrives

The first day was the heavy-lifting bit (the vacuum chamber weighs over 200kg!), then the next two days were taken up with assembly and testing. Installation was completed this week, and the first proving tests are now running. More here.

18/1/11: New Postdoctoral appointment: Ed Tarleton

We are very pleased that Ed Tarleton will be joining the project to model the micromechanical testing methods we are using and developing. He will start on July 1st 2011.