I started out studying Physics at the University of Southampton, and followed that up by working offshore as a Geophysical engineer for a couple of years. I wasn’t satisfied with that career path however, and so I turned my attention back to science and research, and after attending some IoP conferences, I became very interested in nuclear fusion.
The prospect of helping to develop nuclear fusion as a viable energy source was massively appealing to me, as such technology could help to reduce carbon emissions at a time where it is needed urgently, and that could go on to meet our energy demands for thousands of years.
I have since become an expert in the complicated field of defect analysis for nuclear materials, which requires a lot of time spent learning to use complicated microscopes and machinery. There a lot of challenges to overcome before we are to make fusion happen, but we are getting there, and it feels great to be part of that global goal.
Materials for nuclear fusion: how do you confine a sun to a box?
Nuclear fusion – energy of the future?
We face an energy crisis, so the idea of a clean, potentially limitless supply of energy is deeply appealing. Nuclear fusion, the same source of energy that makes the sun shine, could provide the answer, but there are some big obstacles to overcome.