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Radiation and corrosion effects in current and advanced cladding materials

Project Description

Understanding the performance of nuclear fuel cladding under extreme environment of radiation and oxidation are paramount to improving the performance of nuclear fuel and ensuring the safe operation of reactors. This understanding can also be used to develop new cladding materials with improved performance. The research project will thus focus on (1) understanding the kinetics of oxide growth and the exceptional oxidation performance of some Zr alloys and High Entropy Alloys; (2) understand effect of radiation the oxidation kinetics using accelerated ions; (3) develop scattering models for evaluating radiation effects. The work will involve performing static and dynamic oxidation test, ion irradiations while charactering the effects of radiation and oxidation using various ex-situ x-ray scattering and electron microscopy techniques. In order to understand the kinetics of oxidation, synchrotron based in-situ scattering techniques will also be employed at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (NSRRC) in Taiwan.

This project is part of a 4 year Dual PhD degree programme between the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan and the University of Liverpool in England. As Part of the NTHU-UoL Dual PhD Award students are in the unique position of being able to gain 2 PhD awards at the end of their degree from two internationally recognised world leading Universities. As well as benefiting from a rich cultural experience, Students can draw on large scale national facilities of both countries and create a worldwide network of contacts across 2 continents.

All of the projects undertaken on the Dual PhD are aimed at working towards the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In 2015 World leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals are aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and stopping climate change. This project is specifically targeted at Goal 9 – to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

For academic enquires please contact Dr Maulik Patel or Fan-Yi Ouyang

For enquires on the application process or to find out more about the Dual programme please contact

To apply for this opportunity, please visit:

When applying please ensure you Quote the supervisor & project title you wish to apply for and note ‘NTHU-UoL Dual Scholarship’ when asked for details of how plan to finance your studies.

Funding Notes

This project is a part of a 4-year dual PhD programme between National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan and the University of Liverpool in England. It is planned that students will spend 2 years at NTHU, followed by 2 years at the University of Liverpool.
Both the University of Liverpool and NTHU have agreed to waive the tuition fees for the duration of the project and stipend of TWD 10,000/month will be provided as a contribution to living costs (the equivalent of £280 per month when in Liverpool).

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