Researcher

Dr Patrick A Burr

My Expertise

  • Nuclear Engineering
    • Nuclear fuel cycle
    • Fusion energy
    • Next generation reactors (Gen IV reactors, small modular reactors, and current/old reactor types)
    • Research reactors (nuclear medicine production and neutron generation for science)
    • Nuclear waste management 
  • Material science
    • Nuclear materials
    • Degradation of materials (corrosion, irradiation, high temperature, etc)
    • Simulations and modelling of materials

Biography

[Currently taking PhD applicants] more detail here: patrickburr.com

The central aim of my research is to discover the degradation mechanisms of materials used in energy applications, to aid the design of new materials with improved resilience to degradation processes.

I have largely focussed on nuclear materials as these are subject to the most extreme conditions and therefore pose the greatest challenge, but I continually transfer the...view more

[Currently taking PhD applicants] more detail here: patrickburr.com

The central aim of my research is to discover the degradation mechanisms of materials used in energy applications, to aid the design of new materials with improved resilience to degradation processes.

I have largely focussed on nuclear materials as these are subject to the most extreme conditions and therefore pose the greatest challenge, but I continually transfer the knowledge to solar cells, solid electrolyte fuel cells, electrochemical capacitor and batteries.

Learn more here.

Up-to-date publication list on Google ScholarResearch GateMendeley, or ORCID.


My Grants

Chief Investigator 

  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Project DP170103219 – $270,000 cash – A Lennon, Z Ouyang, PA Burr.
  • Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB Industry sponsorship – $66,000 cash – PA Burr.
  • Over $330,000 in-kind of computational resources through national merit allocation schemes.
  • Access to Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS) – $132,000 in-kind.
  • UNSW Research infrastructure scheme – $64,750 cash.

Named Partner Investigator

  • EPSRC responsive mode grant (2017-2020) – £665,000 cash (AUD $1,200,000)
  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (2019-2024) – £5,900,000 cash (AUD $10,600,000)

My Qualifications

  • PhD in computational materials for fission and fusion applications, Imperial College London, UK, 2015.
  • MEng (Hons) in Material Science, First Class, Imperial College London, UK. Specialising in energy, nano- and bio-materials.

My Awards

  • 2014: Best speaker award at the Nuclear Institute young speaker competition, Didcot, UK.
  • 2011: Bessemer Medal for excellence in metallurgy at Imperial College London, UK.
  • 2011: David West Prize for applied use of phase diagrams, Imperial College London, UK.
  • 2010: Armourers and Brasiers & AWE bursary for undergraduate studies in nuclear materials, UK.

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

PhD projects are currently available on the following topics (and a few more). Local candidates and outstanding international candidates and encouraged to contact me for further details.

  • Hydrogen storage materials: bridging the gab between simulations and experiments
  • Accelerating fusion energy: new shielding materials for extreme environments
  • Atomic-scale simulations of novel nuclear materials
  • Redesigning batteries at the atomic scale

Full list of research topics here: www.patrickburr.com/research/

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Location

Ainsworth Building (J17), level 4, room 402A

Map reference (Google map)

Contact

+61 2 9385 0918

Videos

Interview on Sky News on Australian Government inquiry on nuclear power.