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Materials scientist to research technologies to improve nuclear safety

The five-year Fellowship is jointly supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the AWE which plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

Dr Scott’s Fellowship research will tackle the challenges faced by nuclear scientists around the world in understanding the unique properties of uranium and plutonium, together with their alloys and compounds.

By enabling better understanding of the effects of ageing and corrosion on these metals, the project will enhance the reliability and safety of systems containing these materials, and extend their lifetimes.

This is expected to benefit both civil and defence users of uranium and plutonium.

Dr Scott, who is currently Reader in Nuclear Materials at the University of Bristol, said: "This fellowship provides an exciting opportunity to deliver a programme of end-user inspired research which will deliver transformational benefits for our national nuclear safety and security."

Professor Ric Parker CBE FREng, Chair of the Academy’s Research Committee, said:  "The work of engineers such as Dr Scott is vital to the safety and economics of nuclear systems in the UK, and we are delighted to support him as a Senior Research Fellow."

- See more at the Royal Academy for Engineering website

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