Researcher

Dr Patrick A Burr

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Biography

Research aim
My research focusses on energy materials, from solar cells, to nuclear materials (fission and fusion) to supercapacitors to hydrogen storage. My aim is to understanding the degradation mechanisms of these materials and use this knowledge to design new and improved materials.

Tool of the trade
I use atomic-scale simulations to capture the fundamental processes that govern the materials properties, and I couple these with advanced...view more

Research aim
My research focusses on energy materials, from solar cells, to nuclear materials (fission and fusion) to supercapacitors to hydrogen storage. My aim is to understanding the degradation mechanisms of these materials and use this knowledge to design new and improved materials.

Tool of the trade
I use atomic-scale simulations to capture the fundamental processes that govern the materials properties, and I couple these with advanced characterisation techniques. I strongly believe that combining modelling and experiments one can achieve beyond the reaches of either alone, to that end I am also exploring new ways in which simulations and experiments can complement each-other to bridge the gap between theory and observation.

Credentials
I have a PhD in nuclear materials from Imperial College London, following a Masters degree in materials engineering (also Imperial College) with a focus on energy, nano- and bio-materials.
Up-to-date publication list on Google ScholarResearch GateMendeley, or ORCID.
More info on patrickburr.com.

Research opportunities
PhD projects are available on the following topics. Local candidates and outstanding international candidates and encouraged to contact me for further details.

  • Atomic-scale simulations of novel nuclear materials
  • Improving passivation layers of PV solar cells through atomic scale simulations
  • New techniques to simulate hydrogen storage materials
  • Developing TiO2/ZrO2 frameworks for radiochemical separation 

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
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Location

Hilmer building (MSEB), map ref E10, room 643.

Contact

+61 2 9385 0918

Publications

by Dr Patrick A Burr