Fusion Reactor

Research Area

Nuclear Materials


To deliver science and innovation in advanced materials for nuclear applications driving impact and economic benefit for the UK. Nuclear activity can be split into two areas: Nuclear fuels and waste streams in the nuclear fuel cycle; Structural materials for fission and fusion energy. We could see: Fuel production and performance including accident tolerant fuel; Energy & materials co-production; Waste conditioning & disposal; Self-healing coatings; Novel nuclear structural materials; Mechanical properties and irradiation effects in engineered alloys. The Nuclear research area will establish Royce capability for scientists and industry to prepare, test and analyse radioactive materials for fission and fusion applications. It will enable substantial programmes of work on authentic irradiated nuclear materials and support The Industrial Strategy. Our researchers will deliver innovation in materials, materials performance data and understanding to reduce costs and increase productivity in current and future nuclear programmes. We will exploit advanced materials with confidence and the data necessary to underpin safety.


Royce will make a critical difference to nuclear activity in the UK.


University of Manchester

This research theme brings together university expertise from The University of Manchester, and specialist centres NNL and UKAEA. Activity will also take place at Sheffield, Oxford and Imperial College London.

Equipment & Facilities

Scientists from the Nuclear Materials research area will work in the Dalton Cumbrian Facility, a world-leading academic nuclear research capability in the UK. It provides state of the art base for high end research in radiation science and engineering. NNL provides world-leading nuclear expertise into high neutron flux environments providing impartial advice to help shape the UK’s nuclear research agenda to enable the UK to be a top tier nuclear nation.