Dr. Simon C. Middleburgh
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Simon was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Nuclear Futures Institute in March 2018. His research is focused on developing new nuclear materials, investigating material behaviour in extreme environments (including nuclear and aerospace) and combining materials modelling techniques with experimental methods. Simon is a member of the BWR Hub steering group, encouraging research into boiling water reactors and has represented industry in a number of expert panel groups including: the IAEA ACTOF group tasked with investigating accident tolerant fuels and SCIP III (the Studsvik cladding integrity project). Simon has been part of international research collaborations including NEUP-DOE projects in the USA, MUZIC (a collaborative project investigating corrosion and hydrogen pickup mechanisms in zirconium alloys) and CARAT (consortium of academic researchers investigating accident tolerant fuels). Simon has been on the nuclear advisory committee at the Centre of Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London and has had visiting academic positions at Imperial College London and KTH, Stockholm during his time working in industry.
Simon completed his Ph.D. at Imperial College London in 2012 working on the simulation of doped nuclear fuels and materials for advanced nuclear systems sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company. Simon then took up a Research Leader position at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights in Sydney, Australia. There he built a research team that focused on the simulation of nuclear materials with a focus on combining theoretical results with experimental investigations including work carried out at the Australian Synchrotron. Simon then joined Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB in Västerås, Sweden where he used his methods to advance fuel development and fuel performance modelling methods.
Simon has over 45 peer reviewed journal articles and a patent titled "Spray methods for coating nuclear fuel rods to add corrosion resistant barrier" with a number of patents pending.
He is building a suite of software and hardware capabilities at Bangor University in order to support industrially relevant research in order to produce research in a timely manner required by the nuclear and aerospace industries. This includes the MERLOT (Materials for Energy Research LabOraTory) facility at Bangor University that combines a manufacturing capability (including an inert atmosphere glove box, ultra-high temperature furnaces) with a materials characterisation facility (including electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction hardware).