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The Curious Incident of the (Robot) Dog in the Nuclear Environment

Institute of Physics Materials and Characterisation Group Christmas Lecture

It is a generally well accepted argument that when it comes to surveying high activity nuclear facilities, robots offer a potentially safer and preferable solution to using human beings. In this IOP seminar we will tell the tale of why walking robots offer an eye catching but also technically sensible approach for surveying certain legacy nuclear facilities, culminating with ground-breaking deployments inside the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) building.

Speaker - Professor Tom Scott

Professor Tom Scott is Director of the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) at the University of Bristol, and lead for the newly established National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics.

He is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Professorial Research Fellow co-funded by the AWE, Director of the South West Nuclear Hub and lectures in both the School of Physics and the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol.

His research expertise is around the detection and characterisation of nuclear materials, to aid prediction of their behaviour in engineered and environmental scenarios. This includes a specific strand of activity relating to nuclear robotics and sensors. He works closely with the nuclear industry in the UK and overseas to deliver characterisation and decontamination solutions for nuclear decommissioning.

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The event is open to all and free to attend, but pre-registration is required via the Institute of Physics website.

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The National R&D Roadmap and the Role of Physics

This webinar is a must for anyone working on physics-based R&D in universities, businesses and national research and innovation organisations as well as those working in related policy areas.

The two expert speakers are Alexandra Jones, Director of Science, Research and Innovation at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Professor Richard Jones FRS FInstP, Chair in Materials Physics and Innovation Policy at Manchester.

The discussion will be chaired by Tony McBride, IOP's Director of Policy and Public Affairs.

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Please register via the Institute of Physics website through the link below. Registrations close on 16th November.

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series: Lead-cooled fast reactors

Lead-cooled Fast Reactor – Paolo Ferroni, Westinghouse

Tuesday 27th October, 1-2pm

The Westinghouse Electric Company, a world leader in the development and commercialization of nuclear power plants, is developing a next-generation, medium-capacity nuclear power plant based on lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) technology. The Westinghouse LFR is a ~450 MWe, highly simplified, passively safe, compact and scalable reactor plant. The talk will be delivered by Dr Paolo Ferroni, the Westinghouse Lead Fast Reactor Technical Lead within Advanced Reactor Development.

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Registration and hosting of the webinar is via the Institute of Physics.

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series

The UK Government has recently announced a £40m investment to bring forward next generation nuclear energy technology. These “Advanced Modular Reactors” (AMRs) have the potential to unlock new applications for nuclear technology in the carbon-neutral economy of the future – going beyond grid electricity to include the supply of heat, production of Hydrogen, power to communities and industries in remote parts of the world and supporting intermittent renewable supply by storing energy.

In this series of Webinars we will hear from the companies developing the technology – the three projects selected for BEIS funding and Moltex Energy who are forging ahead with first deployment in Canada.

You can register for the other webinars in this series via our events listing: southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk/events

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series: Spherical Tokamaks

Compact Spherical Tokamak – Rob Slade, Tokamak Energy

Monday 19th October, 1-2pm

Tokamak Energy is aiming to change the way the world generates power by developing a scalable fusion solution that will give the world an attractive new base-load power source that is plentiful, safe, cost effective, secure and clean. Their target is to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion as an energy source by 2030. Rob Slade, Director of Technology Development, will give a talk on the ST-F1 with a focus on the high temperature superconducting magnet technology.

Rob Slade, Director, Technology Development, Tokamak Energy

After receiving a degree in Physics from Bristol University in 1986, Rob started work at Rolls Royce developing gas turbine instrumentation. An interest in electromagnetics led to employment at Oxford Instruments developing downhole NMR instruments using permanent magnets, then high field NMR using superconducting magnets and dynamic nuclear hyperpolarization methods.

After a spell a Siemens Magnet Technology developing whole body MRI, he moved to New Zealand where he developed an extremity MRI scanner using High Temperature Superconducting coil technology. In 2016 he returned to the UK to develop HTS magnet technology for plasma confinement in fusion devices.

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Registration and hosting of the webinar is via the Institute of Physics.

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series

The UK Government has recently announced a £40m investment to bring forward next generation nuclear energy technology. These “Advanced Modular Reactors” (AMRs) have the potential to unlock new applications for nuclear technology in the carbon-neutral economy of the future – going beyond grid electricity to include the supply of heat, production of Hydrogen, power to communities and industries in remote parts of the world and supporting intermittent renewable supply by storing energy.

In this series of Webinars we will hear from the companies developing the technology – the three projects selected for BEIS funding and Moltex Energy who are forging ahead with first deployment in Canada.

You can register for the other webinars in this series via our events listing: southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk/events

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series: Stable Salt Reactors

Stable Salt Reactors – Dr Ian Scott, Moltex Energy

Wednesday 7th October, 12.30-1.30pm

Moltex Energy are developing an inherently safe Stable Salt Reactor (SSR) which aims to provide carbon-free electricity generation technology with low upfront costs and reliable, large-scale power at 300-500 MW per reactor unit. In addition to the ability to store energy for release in times of high energy demand, the technology can recycle nuclear waste as fuel, operate at high temperature to produce Hydrogen and use Thorium as an alternative to Urainium. The talk will be delivered by Moltex Chairman & Chief Scientist Ian Scott.

Speaker biography

Ian went to Cambridge University to study nuclear physics, but was seduced during his first year by the excitement of the fast moving biological sciences and made his first career in that field. He became one of the four Chief Scientists in Unilever’s international organisation, leading the global bioscience program before leaving to found an entrepreneurial drug discovery company.

In 2012 he became bemused by how nuclear energy had gone from being "too cheap to meter" to too expensive to afford and determined to try to remedy that flaw which was preventing nuclear energy making any meaningful contribution to fighting the climate change crisis. The result was his invention of the Stable Salt Reactor and the creation of Moltex Energy.

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Registration and hosting of the webinar is via the Institute of Physics.

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series

The UK Government has recently announced a £40m investment to bring forward next generation nuclear energy technology. These “Advanced Modular Reactors” (AMRs) have the potential to unlock new applications for nuclear technology in the carbon-neutral economy of the future – going beyond grid electricity to include the supply of heat, production of Hydrogen, power to communities and industries in remote parts of the world and supporting intermittent renewable supply by storing energy.

In this series of webinars we will hear from the companies developing the technology – the three projects selected for BEIS funding and Moltex Energy who are forging ahead with first deployment in Canada.

You can register for the other webinars in this series via the Advanced Modular Reactor series registration link.

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IOP Women in Physics webinar series

Hosted by the IOP’s Women in Physics (WiPG) and Nuclear Industry Groups (NIG) and with support from the Physics Communicators Group (PCG), the Institute of Physics will host five lunchtime webinars on 20th – 24th July 2020, 1 – 2pm.

The opportunities for women and men to develop and sustain physics themed careers in the Nuclear industry are large, encompassing the multiple physics and stem roles from energy production, optimal fuel cell design, reprocessing and waste to materials research using high energy electron beam of the Diamond light source. This industry is a major employer of STEM professionals across the UK and Ireland, and there are opportunities for sustained and flexible careers that embrace a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Registration

Click here to register: https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1543/home

Programme

Each day has a theme speaker (up to 30 minutes) on career pathway’s, skills and inclusivity with contributions:

Mon 20th : Powering the low-carbon future

Jennifer Liley, Project Engineer, EDF-Energy

(Host: Dr John T Bruun, Chair PCG, WiPG & Research Fellow at Uni. of Exeter)

Tues 21nd : Fan the fire

Sam King, Head of Technical Strategy, RWM Ltd

(Host: Lucy Bailey, Head of Research Support Office, RWM Ltd & NIG)

Wed 22nd: Our Sellafield legacy – the original Northern powerhouse

Dr Rebecca Weston, Chief Operating Officer, Sellafield Ltd

(Host: Dawn Watson, Head of Strategy & Technical, Analytical Services, Sellafield Ltd, & WiPG/NIG)

Thur 23rd : Diversity in a National Laboratory

Lindsay Edmiston, Head of Capability, Waste Management and decommissioning; National Nuclear Laboratory

(Host: Heather Beaumont, Head of Profession for Physics, Waste and Environment, Jacobs & Chair NIG)

 Fri 24th : Diversity in defence

Dr Lauren Hobbs, Physics Operations at AWE.

(Host: Heather Beaumont, Head of Profession for Physics, Waste and Environment, Jacobs & Chair NIG)

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Materials for the Energy Transition Roadmap Webinar

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials will be hosting the Materials for the Energy Transition Roadmap Webinar on 15th June 2020 in collaboration with the Institute of Physics (IOP).

The UK has become the first major economy in the world to pass a net-zero emissions law, setting an ambitious target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 (as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2019 Report). The development and adoption of more energy-efficient materials is an important enabler for the UK to achieve this goal.

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Register via the Institute of Physics website. The programme of the event is also available on this website.

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series: Micropower from Gamma Fields

This presentation will focus on recent results in the development of a diamond gamma-voltaic: a device that generates power from ambient gamma fields. Gammavoltaics is a nascent field and this work represents the first steps towards the concept becoming a reality.

Speaker 

Robbie Mackenzie is a PhD student at University of Bristol. He completed his MSci in Physics  in 2016, spending some time as an engineer in the semiconductor industry before returning to start his PhD under Professor Tom Scott in late 2017.

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group webinar: Diamond Batteries

This Presentation will focus on the most recent developments in Bristol University’s effort in developing diamond beta-voltaic devices for a variety of applications.

Speaker 

Tom Wallace-Smith is currently a PhD student at Bristol in the Interface Analysis Centre. He completed an MPhys in Physics at Bath University in 2018 including one year at Rolls-Royce submarines as a reactor Physicist. He now works under Professor Tom Scott in developing diamond beta-voltaic batteries from repurposed materials.

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Further talks in this series will be held on:

  • Tuesday 2nd June, 13:00 – Robbie Mackenzie, University of Bristol (Gamma Voltaics)
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Geological disposal – the solution for the UK’s radioactive waste

You are invited to join the Institute of Physics Nuclear Industry Group and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) at the stunning Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The evening will start at 5:30pm with a talk by Andrew Parkes, geologist and Head of Site Characterisation at RWM, with opportunities for questions. This talk will discuss how the UK plans to manage and dispose its higher activity radioactive waste covering everything from the challenge of the waste itself, through to the scientific basis for geological disposal and how RWM will work in partnership with interested communities to find a suitable site. The talk will delve into how geophysical techniques will help us understand the geology of potential sites for the facility and also the role that ancient artefacts have in building our confidence in the geological disposal approach.

The presentation will be followed by a drinks and a buffet supper at 7pm-8pm, served in the Ashmolean Main Atrium – a fitting backdrop of archaeological evidence for the longevity of materials and messages. You will also have the opportunity to explore other galleries within the museum which will remain open to us for a private viewing until 8:30pm.

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