Research Projects

On this page you will find brief descriptions of projects currently being investigated by the scientists working on the NanoSIMS.

Current Research Projects


Project: Corrosion and hydrogen pick-up mechanisms in zirconium nuclear fuel cladding alloys in active environments

Hydrogen pickup is considered to be a critical process in the corrosion of Zr alloys because it involved the crack formation and the hydrogen embrittlement impacts the mechanical resistance of Zr cladding. Deuterium labeled 3D depth profile using NanoSIMS is a powerful tool to understand the distribution and the diffusion pathway of hydrogen in the oxide layer and its precipitation Zr alloy. Combined with high lateral resolution and high mass resolution, 3D depth profile measurement by NanoSIMS can be a competitive method to investigate the 3D distribution of particular molecules and atoms.


Available Research Projects

Please contact Prof. Chris Grovenor ( for new available research projects.

For full details of all postgraduate research projects available for new students and how to apply, please see postgraduate projects available.

Note that post-doctoral research positions are advertised under "Work with Us"


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