Felix Hofmann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science. He is also a college lecturer at Trinity College. Before coming to Oxford in 2013, Felix completed an MEng and DPhil at Oxford, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Nelson Group, MIT.

Abdallah Reza is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in transient grating spectroscopy. He uses nanoscale thermal diffusivity measurements to shed light on the degradation and evolution of materials in fusion reactors. He is currently extending the transient grating method for applications in future nuclear technologies, high-entropy alloys, thermoelectric materials and radiation therapy targets.

Gauze He is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in electron microscopy. He completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford, Department of Materials, working on Zirconium alloys. He uses multiple techniques (TEM/STEM, SEM, EDX, EELS, EBSD/TKD etc.) to investigate the microstructural and microchemical changes of materials under irradiation and corrosion conditions.

Tom Lapington is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in atom probe tomography and electron microscopy. He uses multi-scale microscopy to shed light on how the combination of corrosion and irradiation degrades steels. This is particularly important for small modular fission reactors. Tom did his PhD in the Oxford Atom Probe Group.

Minyi Zhang is a DPhil student working on understanding irradiation and corrosion in steel for liquid lead cooled reactors. She has a masters degree from Tsinghua University and RWTH-Aachen. Minyi uses atom probe tomography, as well as EDX, EBSD, TKD to probe defects and chemistry at the nano-scale.

David Yang is a DPhil student at Keble College. Before coming to Oxford he was a student at UC Berkeley. His DPhil project focuses on coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of crystal defects. He has developed new approaches for probing the dynamic evolution of crystal defects and is using these to study metallic systems exposed to a range of excitations.

Kay Song

Kay Song came to Oxford from the Australian National University. She is now a DPhil student at Wadham College. Her project combines experimental techniques and computer simulations to study irradiation damage in iron-based alloys for use as structural materials in next-generation fusion reactors.

Seb Pearson

Sebastian Pearson completed his undergraduate degree in Materials Science at Oxford. He is now a DPhil student at St Anne’s College. His project aims to optimise stunt scooters by gaining a better understanding of the loads they experience in service.