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Universities’ Nuclear Technology Forum 2023 – Bristol

July 19, 2023 - July 20, 2023



UNTF Day 1

9:00-9:30 Arrival, Sign In/Refreshments

9:30-9:40 Welcome Address

9:40-10:45 Student Presentations – Session 1
a) Liam Cullingford, University of Bristol
Emission lifetime and brightness characterisation of the X-ray scintillator GLO
b) Joseph Hartley, University of Leeds
Advanced Characterisation of Irradiated Acoustic Probes
c) Lingteng Kong, University of Bristol
Long range imaging of alpha emitters using radio-luminescence

10:45-11:15 BREAK

11:15-12:35 Student Presentations – Session 2
CHAIR: Dr Mark Wenman
a) Dimitris Samaras, University of Bristol
Observing the corrosion of uranium carbide in groundwater simulant through the use of X-rays
b) Thomas Bainbridge, University of Leeds
Vacuum Drying of Spent AGR Fuel for Storage and Disposal
c) Sarah Lu, University of Southampton
Going with the flow, the development of novel microfluidic systems for radionuclide detection
d) India Marshall, Bangor University
Utilising nuclear waste heat for UK food production

12:35-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Poster Session

14:30-14:45 Refreshments

14:45-15:15 Keynote: Steve Hepworth (Sellafield Ltd)

15:15-16:15 Student Presentations – Session 3
a) Zola Hinds, Bangor University
Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics for fuel performance modelling
b) Sarah Vallely, Bangor University
Investigating the sintering behaviour of Cr-doped UO2+x and the effect it has on grain growth
c) Aimee Coleman, University of Bristol
Fracture Mechanics of MAX-Phases; Novel Metal-Ceramic Nuclear Materials

16:15-16:30 Wrap up and end

18:30 Dinner and drinks reception

UNTF Day 2
9:00-9:30 Arrival, Sign In/Refreshments

9:30-9:40 Welcome Address

9:40-10:45 Student Presentations – Session 4 (Fuels/Clad)
CHAIR: Dr Chris Jones
a) Xavier van Heule, University of Bristol
Measuring Residual Stresses in AGR Fuel Cladding using Incremental Centre Hole Drilling
b) Susannah Lea, Imperial College London
Peridynamic Modelling of the Oxidation of Zircaloy to gain a Mechanistic Understanding
c) Kuo Yuan, University of Bristol
Synchrotron tomography of stress corrosion cracking from an in-situ tensile corrosion experiment

10:45-11:15 BREAK

11:15-12:35 Student Presentations – Session 5
a) Madinka Mweetwa, Bangor University
Design and Optimisation of a Boron Free Small Modular Reactor Core
b) Harvey Plows, Bangor University
Multiphase Flow Characterisation using Fibre Bragg Grating Grid Sensors
c) Maciej Makuch, Imperial College London
Phase field model of accelerated corrosion tests and single crystal polarisation anisotropy
d) Conor Buchanan, Bangor University
Modelling Radionuclides for Targeted Auger Therapy

12:35-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Student Presentations – Session 6
a) James Pittard, University of Bristol
Hydrogen Retention in CVD Diamond For Fusion Applications: An Experimental and Computational Study
b) Sam Ferne, University of Bristol
Injecting Alarming Spectra into Existing Data for Testing Anomaly Detection
c) Minyi Zhang, University of Oxford
The corrosion of T91 in static liquid lead and bismuth eutectic at atomic scale

14:30-15:00 Refreshments

15:00-16:00 Industry Talks

15:00-15:15 Christina Hofer, Dept. of Materials, University of Oxford

15:15-15:30 Katherine Raines, Nuclear Waste Services / Research Support office

15:30-16:00 Industry Speaker TBC

16:00-16:15 Final Remarks and Conference End

The University of Bristol, in partnership with the South West Nuclear Hub and supported by the Nuclear Institute, is extremely excited to welcome you to the Universities’ Nuclear Technology Forum on the 19th and 20th July 2023 in Bristol!

We are so excited to announce that the presentation sessions are being supported by the Nuclear Institute. 

The UNTF is a fantastic opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers to attend and present their work at a national conference, explore career opportunities and network with their peers. The UNTF is unique in that it provides a platform for PhD students to share their work to other likeminded individuals.

Individuals who have expressed interest in presenting either a poster or an oral presentation will be contacted w/c 10th July to let them know the outcome of their submission 

Conference Details:

  • Date: 19-20th July 2023
  • Price: £110
  • Location: School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS
  • Included: Catering/Evening meal (Zerodegrees on Weds 19th), student presentations, talks from industry, poster presentations, networking.

Any queries, questions and to send title submissions, please email: UNTF-Conference2023@Bristol.ac.uk

Register Here!



By Train
Bristol Temple Meads is the closest main train station, 1.2 miles and a 25-minute walk away from the venue. Alternatively, you can use local buses or an e-scooter to transport you to the venue.

By Local Bus
Several bus services stop a short walk away from the School of Chemistry:

- Services 1, 2, 2a, 8 and 72 all run from Temple Meads train station, services 3 and 4 run from the city centre. Alight at Park Street Top
- Service U1 operates term-time only and runs from Stoke Bishop. Alight at Cantock’s Close.

Timetables for all these services are available at:

By Bike
There are racks available for locking up your bike at the bottom of Cantock’s Close. More can be found outside 1-9 Old Park Hill.

By E-scooter
Voi e-scooters operate in the Bristol area and are a great way to get around the city. The nearest parking spot is located on Woodland Road. You will need the app on your phone and a driving licence to use them: www.voi.com.

By Taxi
V Cars: +44 (0)117 925 2626

Car Parking:
There is limited pay-and-display street parking around the School of Chemistry on nearby University Road and Woodland Road. There is also a long stay NCP car park nearby on Trenchard Street. For further information, please visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/trenchard-street-long-stay-car-park.

To find your nearest electric car charging facilities, please visit: www.zap-map.com/live/.



Premier Inn - Lewins Mead, Haymarket, Finzels Reach
Travelodge - Bristol Central, Bristol Central Mitchell Lane
ibis - Bristol Centre

Other options can be browsed on Booking.com

The Lewins Mead Premier Inn also hosts the local Brewers Fayre, details of which can be found here: https://www.brewersfayre.co.uk/en-gb/locations/bristol/lewins-mead


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South West Nuclear Hub
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Cantock's Close
Bristol, Avon BS8 1TS United Kingdom
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