The programme is structured as a mesh: specialist research teams each develop innovative methods applicable over all areas of the overall research programme (the "warp", comprising mostly technique-specialist post-doctoral researchers), flexibly supporting the work of project-specific researchers (the "weft"; mostly research students).
The programme is led by S.G. Roberts, in close collaboration with S.L. Dudarev (modelling co-ordinator) and in consultation with an advisory committee which includes external members.
Technical Area 1 (technique development), is split into three subsidiaries, each specialising in development of experimental techniques (in micromechanics, electron microscopy and atom probe microscopy) and their application to topical projects specified in technical areas 2,3 and 4. Each subsidiary of TA1 is directed by one or two senior scientists, reporting to the Project Leader. The parallel theory and modelling research at CEA and UKAEA is coordinated by S.L. Dudarev.
The main topical research topics are: -
- radiation effects in "bulk" materials (TA2);
- radiation effects at grain boundaries (TA3);
- ODS alloys (TA4).
Each area is led by senior scientists with complementary expertise in the topic area. These leaders supervise several research students, drawing on advice, training and assistance as needed from the strands of TA1, and liaising with the parallel modelling studies. Additionally TA4 (ODS alloys) involves the setting-up of a production facility at Oxford, and an assessment programme at Liverpool.