Dr Samuel MurphyLecturer in Nuclear Materials and Engineering
Dr. Samuel Murphy is a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Nuclear Materials. His research focuses on the use of atomistic simulation to study defect processes in nuclear materials.
Dr. Samuel Murphy is a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Nuclear Materials. His research focuses on the use of atomistic simulation to study defect processes in nuclear materials. Dr. Murphy examines processes such as the accommodation of fission products in nuclear fuels and the escape of tritium from lithium ceramics for future fusion reactors. He is also interested in defect creation by bombardment with high energy particles, such as that experienced in a nuclear reactor.
In his research Dr. Murphy employ state-of-the-art atomistic simulation techniques, including molecular dynamics and density functional theory (DFT). He is also a developer of the two temperature molecular dynamics (2T-MD) technique that enables the incorportation of electronic effects into the simulation of radiation damage of materials by very high energy ions.
PhD Supervision Interests
Safer nuclear fuels for a sustainable future Atomistic study of radiation induced degradation of thermal conductivity in fusion materials
The defect chemistry of UO2±x from atomistic simulations
Cooper, M., Murphy, S., Andersson, D. 1/03/2018 In: Journal of Nuclear Materials.
The effect of Nb on the corrosion and hydrogen pick-up of Zr alloys
Bell, B., Murphy, S., Grimes, R., Wenman, M. 15/06/2017 In: Acta Materialia. 132, p. 425-431. 7 p.
Radiation damage in high temperature superconductors
05/04/2018 → 05/04/2019
Development of Advanced Ceramic Breeder Materials for Fusion Energy
01/01/2018 → 30/12/2019