Congratulations to Paul Barron, a Manchester Fusion CDT student who successfully defended his thesis at viva in May 2021. Paul’s thesis is entitled “The development of low-activation, multi-principal element alloys for nuclear fusion applications” and his supervisor is Dr Ed Pickering.
Paul’s thesis focuses on developing novel alloys for use in fusion environments using elements that do not become significantly radioactive after exposure to a fusion neutron spectrum. The new alloys are characterised and some of their fusion-relevant properties are explored.
Paul has now started a position as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Glasgow, where he will be working on incorporating shape memory alloys into novel surgical devices.