Nuclear Materials

In the Advanced Nuclear Materials for Fission and Fusion Reactors subproject within the ACTAlab group at SUTD, we are investigating new materials for fission and fusion reactors. Radiation damage and the subsequent effects in materials are a major and unavoidable consideration for the design of components for a nuclear reactor, be it fission or fusion. Safe and reliable reactor components depend on radiation tolerant materials.

The plasma facing components of a fusion reactor experience extreme temperatures and neutron fluxes. By using a combination of composition spread magnetron sputtering, high throughput characterisation and nuclear inventory modelling, we aim to accelerate the discovery of new metal alloys which can survive these extreme conditions