The Qinshan Nuclear Generating Station - Canadian Technology in China - photo courtesy of AECL
The Nuclear Materials group at Queen's is carrying out world leading research in the area of structural materials for nuclear power applications. The group has domestic collaborations with McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and McMaster University, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Kinectrics Inc., Nu-Tech Precision Metals Inc. Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation Inc. and international collaborations in the USA, the UK, France, Argentina, Hong Kong and Australia. The group published ~30 refereed journal papers in the last 2 years (2011 and 2012). The Nuclear Materials group is supported by an extensive research portfolio including a dozen active grants from NSERC, ORF, CFI and OCE totalling a $4.7M investment at Queen's, with the project totals, including spending at partner institutions, of ~$11M (figures do not include overheads). See more details of the research being carried out by individual group members here.
The group is presently leading the construction of a $17M ion accelerator facility to simulate the radiation damage that occurs in materials inside a reactor; more details of the planned facility can be found here.
Rick Holt, Emeritus Prof.
Tom Feurestake, Manager, RMTL
Curtis McDonald, Operator, RMTL
Syd Aldridge, Senior Research Associate
Levente Balogh, PDF
David Kerr, PDF
Kazi Ahmmed, PhD student
Fei Long, PhD student
Qiang Fang, PhD student
Hongbing Yu, PhD student
Elham Nemati, PhD student
Jessica Hiscocks , PhD student
Chris Cochrane, PhD student
Dale Campbell, PhD student
Jason Wang , PhD student
Zhouyao Wang, PhD student
Pooyan Changizian, PhD student
Louis Liao, MASc student
Megan Swain, MASc student, part time.
Stephaney Daley, undergraduate student
Opportunities in the Group
Graduate student - materials engineering / applied physics
Summer student -
Previous members of the Group and where they went
Song Cai (PhD & RA), Fort Wayne Metals, Indiana.
David Durance (MSc), Bruce Power Inc.
Barbara Szpunar (Senior Research Associate), University of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jenevieve Fredette (MSc), Atomic Energy Canada Ltd., Chalk River Labs.
Yue (Leon) Li (MSc), Masters of Engineering Management, Dartmouth College
Alison Mark (PDF), PDF at Manchester University, Dept. of Materials, UK.
Damon Pickard (MSc), Frontenac County Health Services
Stephanie Stafford (MSc), Kinectrics Inc.
Feng Xu (PhD & PDF), Candu Energy Inc..
Pingshoun Zhao (PDF), Caterpillar
Richard Zhang (PDF), Gerdau Ameristeel
Corey Hamelin (PDF), ANSTO, Australia
Justin Huneault (Undergraduate), McGill University
Wenjing Li, Atomic Energy Canada Ltd., Chalk River Labs.
Sharon Goldthorpe (MSc), Humber College, Toronto
Colin Judge (MSc), Atomic Energy Canada Ltd., Chalk River Labs.
Matthew Kerr (Ph.D.), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Ravi Kumar (MSc), Black Cat Blades, Edmonton
Charles Mareau (PDF), University of Angers, France
Rebecca Toda (MASc), SNC-Lavalin Nuclear
Paula Mosbrucker (MASc), Kinectrics, Toronto
Greg Allen (MASc), AMEC-Nuclear Safety Solutions
Abdul Khan, (PDF), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Andrew Barrow, PDF, Rolls Royce Ltd, UK
Laura Barrow, PDF, London Scandinavian Metallurgical Co Ltd
Eric Tulk (MASc), Los Alamos National Lab., USA
Sarah Wan (MASc)
Hamid Abdolvand (PhD), Manchester University, UK
Mohammad Sattari (PhD), Chalmers University, Sweden
Marta Majkut (MASc), Technical Uni. Copenhagen, Denmark
Prakash Srirangam (PDF), Diamond Facility, UK
The NSERC/UNENE/Nu-Tech Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Materials was established in 2002 at the initiative of the Canadian Nuclear Industry, with Prof. Holt as the Senior Chair. In 2004 Prof. Daymond joined the group as Associate Chair, before becoming Senior Chair in 2012 following on from Prof. Holt's retirement. The Chair was the first in a series of seven chairs established as part of the University Centre of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) sponsored by Ontario Power, Bruce Power, the CANDU Owners Group COG and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The main thrusts are to supplement the R&D capabilities of AECL, and Kinectrics Inc. (formerly Ontario Hydro Research) and to train new highly qualified staff to work in engineering or research and development, both to manage and extend the life of existing plants, and to develop new reactors. The Chair program also offers the opportunity for part or all of a student's research to be carried out at the industrial nuclear R&D laboratories, co-supervised by the staff of those laboratories, either during a paid work term, or as a full time employee.
The Canadian nuclear industry currently employs more than 30,000 workers and is quickly expanding to meet domestic and international demands of current and future refurbishment projects totaling ~B$10. Canada is expected to have sustained future reliance on clean, environmentally sound and reliable nuclear power as base load electricity generation. It is also expected that Canada will supply reactors to what is now a rapidly expanding international market. This necessitates the development of advanced nuclear reactor concepts (the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) and the Super Critical Water Generation 4 Reactor (SCWR) that will be designed in Canada with major manufacturing input from Canada's nuclear industry. These reactors operate at higher temperatures and will require the use of new materials that are presently not employed in nuclear reactors.
Useful information about nuclear technology in Canada can be found at http://www.nuclearfaq.ca
Industrial Sponsors of the Chair
CANDU Owners Group
Other Nuclear Industry Links