Professor Malcolm Joyce

Distinguished Professor & Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder

Research Interests

Malcolm Joyce is Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University and Cross-faculty Associate Dean for Research. He was previously: Associate Dean for Research in FST and Head of Engineering from 2008-2015. His industrial experience includes Smith System Engineering Ltd., BNFL plc. and most recently as Technical Director of Hybrid Instruments Ltd.

Recent examples of the research by Malcolm and his team include: enrichment measurement for in-factory applications (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2024.169191), digitial twin opportunities for nuclear fuel manufacturing (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nucengdes.2024.113013) and nuclear cogeneration of methanol and acetaldehyde (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.3c03317).

Malcolm is Principal Investigator on: 'Capture gamma-ray Assessment in Nuclear Energy' (C-GANE, EP/X038327.1, £1.6M)', 'Autonomous Inspection for Responsive and Sustainable Nuclear Fuel Manufacture' (AIRS-NFM, EP/V051059/1, £1.9M); 'Advancing Location Accuracy via Collimated Nuclear Assay for Decommissioning Robotic Applications' (ALACANDRA, EP/V026941/1, £1.5M), 'AMS-UK: A UK Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility for Nuclear Fission Research' (EPSRC, EP/T01136X/1, NNUF Phase 2, £2.8M) and 'JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities' (EP/P013600/1).

His research group currently comprises 4 post-doctoral research associates, 1 Experimental Officer and 5 research students.

He is author on > 350 articles and sole author on Engineering impact case studies submitted to both REF2014 and REF2021.

He is Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science and the European Journal of Physics N (EPJ-N). He serves on the UK Government's Nuclear Industry Research Advisory Board (NIRAB), the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), the UKAEA Programme Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF).

He was awarded the James Watt medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2014 and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2016. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute and author of: 'Nuclear Engineering: A Conceptual Guide to Nuclear Power', published by Butterworth-Heinemann in 2017.

Nuclear Fuel-debris Characterisation via Multimodal Spectroscopy and Analytics (NuFAMSA)
01/11/2023 → 31/03/2026
Research

Capture Gamma-ray Assessment in Nuclear Energy (C-GANE)
16/10/2023 → 15/10/2027
Research

Detection and quantification of water in spent fuel
02/10/2023 → 01/10/2027
Research

Advanced borehole trials for land quality monitoring applications in nuclear decommissioning
01/04/2023 → 30/09/2023
Research

Feasibility study of waste water detritiation (EPSRC IAA funded)
01/04/2023 → 31/03/2025
Research

JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities
01/03/2023 → 29/02/2024
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Radiation Hardened Robotics for Remote Inspection
01/11/2022 → 31/03/2025
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Process intensification of a high throughput wastewater detritiation
01/10/2022 → 31/03/2025
Consultancy

Ground Level Enhancement Event Monitor (Implementation Phase)
01/09/2022 → 31/03/2024
Research

Ground Level Enhancement Event Monitor (Implementation Phase)
01/09/2022 → 15/10/2024
Research

Autonomous Inspection for Responsive and Sustainable Nuclear Fuel Manufacture (AIRS-NFM)
06/09/2021 → 05/05/2025
Research

Ground Level Enhancement Event Monitor (GLEEM)
28/06/2021 → 27/06/2022
Research

Advancing Location Accuracy via Collimated Nuclear Assay for Decommissioning Robotic Applications
08/04/2021 → 31/03/2025
Research

RAIN Extension Stream B
01/04/2021 → 31/03/2022
Research

RAIN extension Stream A
01/04/2021 → 30/09/2021
Research

STFC IAA: Impact Acceleration Account 2021
01/04/2021 → 31/03/2022
Research

Improved Radioactive source location and characterisation via empiricial transform anaylsis
01/09/2020 → 30/09/2021
Research

AMS-UK: A UK Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility for Nuclear Fission Research
01/11/2019 → 31/03/2024
Research

UTGARD LAB PHASE II: A SIMFUEL FABRICATION & CHARACTERISATION FACILITY
01/11/2019 → 30/06/2023
Research

In-situ groundwater monitoring to improve identification of ground/soil contamination volumes and associated contaminated in-ground infrastructure that may remain at the Site End State (Soraia Elisio)
03/10/2019 → 29/02/2024
Research

iCASE: Electrokinetic In situ Decontamination of Entrained Radioactivity (EIDER)
01/10/2019 → 30/09/2023
Research

iCASE: Electrokinetic In situ Decontamination of Entrained Radioactivity (EIDER)
01/10/2019 → 31/03/2024
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Reliability Limits of Programmable Protection Systems
23/04/2019 → 30/03/2020
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BEIS: Knowledge Transfer Plan for Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards
25/02/2019 → 04/03/2020
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Neutron production and shielding characterisation at DCF using neutron spectroscopy and imaging device under development at Lancaster
01/10/2018 → 30/09/2019
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JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities
17/11/2017 → 16/11/2022
Research

IS 2015 - Advanced Materials
01/06/2015 → …
Research

Institutional Sponsorship 2015
01/06/2015 → 31/03/2016
Research

Industrial Doctorate Centre: Nuclear Engineering
01/10/2009 → 31/03/2018
Other

  • Doctorate Centre in Nuclear Engineering
  • Energy Lancaster