UK University Gets £3.5 Million Grant For Nuclear Materials Analysis

Posted by NucNet on 21 April 2015 in NucNet

**A £3.5 million (€4.8m, $5.2m) grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences, will enable the construction of an advanced new facility at the University of Huddersfield in northern England for the analysis of nuclear materials, ensuring the safety of the new generation of reactors, the university said in a statement. **

The grant is going to a research group headed by Professor Stephen Donnelly, who developed the existing facility named Miami – Microscope and Ion Accelerator for Materials Investigations. One of only two such facilities in Europe, Miami is a combined electron microscope and ion beam accelerator. It uses ion bombardment as a safe, non-radioactive means of simulating the effects of radiation damage on materials. Details