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

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Field of Research (FoR)

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 (fusion and fission) as these are subject to the most extreme conditions and therefore pose the greatest challenge, but I continually...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 (fusion and fission) 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. Specific areas of expertise include: 

  • Material science
    • Degradation of materials (corrosion, irradiation, high temperature, etc)
    • Materials for extreme environments (Fusion energy, outer space, extreme temperatures)
    • Solar photovoltaic materials
    • Nuclear materials
    • Battery materials
    • Simulations and modelling of materials
  • Nuclear Engineering
    • The 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

Learn more here.

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


My Grants

Chief Investigator 

  • Tokamak Energy (UK), Accelerating the development of shielding materials for spherical Tokamaks – $636,000 – PA Burr, EG Obbard.
  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Project DP170103219 – $270,000 – A Lennon, Z Ouyang, PA Burr.
  • Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB Industry sponsorship – $66,000 – PA Burr.
  • Over $330,000 in-kind of computational resources through national merit allocation schemes.
  • Over $165,000 in-kind access to Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS).
  • UNSW Research infrastructure scheme – $64,750.

Named Partner Investigator

  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (Stiftelsen för Strategisk Forskning), SUNRISE project (Sustainable Nuclear energy Research In Sweden) – SEK 50,000,000 (AUD $7,800,000).
  • EPSRC responsive mode grant (2017-2020) – £665,000 (AUD $1,200,000).
  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (2019-2024) – £5,900,000 (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


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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

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

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Location

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

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Contact

+61 2 9385 0918

Videos

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