Nuclear Engineering Research Showcase: Introduction of New MME Staff
Professors Patrick Burr and Edward Obbard
Faculty of Engineering, UNSW
Since joining UNSW three years ago, Patrick Burr and Edward Obbard have built an extensive portfolio of nuclear research expertise. This talk covers a selection of topics that showcase the breadth of research we are currently undertaking: from accident tolerant nuclear fuels, to the design of improved cladding alloys for conventional nuclear fuel, from a newly developed real-time VR system to enhance remote handling of radioactive materials, to an integrated beta-voltaic nuclear battery for cubesats. We hope that the talk will stimulate discussions and kindle new collaborations within our school.
Patrick Burr is an early career academic and Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering. Before joining UNSW, he was at Imperial College London, where he did his PhD in Computational Materials science. Patrick’s interest in energy materials ranges photovoltaic to fusion, from supercapacitors to fuel cells, from nuclear to beta-voltaic. The underlying theme of his research is to improve energy materials, especially when subject to extreme environments, to enable a sustainable solution for the growing energy needs of our global society. He believes strongly in a synergistic relation between simulations and experiments, which is reflected in his numerous collaborations with experimentalists across schools and faculties (SPREE, Materials, EET, ChemEng). He is very much looking forward to establishing new collaborations in our school.
Edward Obbard is a Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering. Before moving to UNSW he designed, built and commissioned a new hot cell facility for nuclear materials research at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. He obtained his PhD in 2010, at the Chinese Academy of Science Institute of Metal Research, investigating beta-phase titanium alloys by synchrotron X-ray radiation. His speciality is diffraction characterisation of engineering materials, especially in-situ testing. He has worked in industry in laser-powder manufacturing for gas turbine components. Thus his career has spanned the nexus between mechanical, materials and manufacturing engineering, and which he pursues with a focus on nuclear applications for clean energy. He pursues research projects at UNSW on accident tolerant nuclear fuel, nuclear materials, nuclear remote handling systems and nuclear safeguards. He has been cited 656 times with an h-index of 12, and 2 patents.