Dr Amy Gandy
MPhys (Hons), PhD
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Materials Engineering
Lecturer and Year 1 and 2 Tutor for General Engineering
+44 114 222 5484
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Amy joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 to investigate the effect of radiation damage on the atomic and nano-structure of model nuclear waste glasses. Her current research focuses on radiation-induced damage and recovery mechanisms, and gas bubble formation, in poly-crystalline oxide-based materials and advanced multicomponent alloys for nuclear fission and fusion.
Prior to this, Amy undertook a postdoctoral research position at the University of Manchester (2009-2011), having completed a joint PhD at the University of Salford and the University of Poitiers, France, in 2009 for which she used transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to understand ion beam implantation induced defect formation and interactions during thermal annealing in crystalline and amorphous silicon, relevant to the semiconductor industry.
- 2020 - current: Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Materials Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield
- 2015 - 2019: Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield
- 2011 - 2015: Research Associate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield
- 2009 - 2011: Research Associate, University of Manchester
- 2006 - 2009: PhD, University of Salford and University of Poitiers, France
- 1999 - 2003: MPhys Physics and Space Technology, University of Salford
- Research interests
Amy’s research centres on understanding radiation-induced defect formation, accumulation, and thermal recovery, and the development of new materials for the next generation of nuclear technologies (fission and fusion). Her group uses electron microscopy, including ion irradiation and thermal annealing in-situ in a TEM, X-ray diffraction, Raman, FT-IR and X-ray absorption spectroscopies to characterise the structure of materials and ion beam induced defect morphologies.
Amy's research is based across the NucleUS Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL), and Functional Materials and Devices groups where her group are developing Li-ceramics and advanced multicomponent alloys (high entropy alloys) for nuclear fusion, and investigating helium gas bubble formation and ion beam irradiation-induced defect formation and recovery mechanisms in these materials.
- Development of Radiation Damage Resistant High Entropy Alloys for Advanced Nuclear Systems (EPSRC, EP/R021864/1)
- Indo-UK Civil Nuclear Network (EPSRC, EP/M018296/1)
- Phase Distribution, Composition, and Disorder in Y2(Hf,Sn)2O7 Ceramics: Insights from Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 124(31), 17073-17084.
- Radiation damage tolerance of a novel metastable refractory high entropy alloy V2.5Cr1.2WMoCo0.04. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 531. View this article in WRRO
- Finite element modeling of resistive surface layers by micro‐contact impedance spectroscopy. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 103(4), 2702-2714. View this article in WRRO
- Resistance to amorphisation in Ca1-xLa2x/3TiO3 perovskites – a bulk ion-irradiation study. Acta Materialia, 180, 180-188. View this article in WRRO
- High temperature and ion implantation-induced phase transformations in novel reduced activation Si-Fe-V-Cr (-Mo) high entropy alloys. Frontiers in Materials, 6. View this article in WRRO
- Modeling the Influence of Two Terminal Electrode Contact Geometry and Sample Dimensions in Electro-materials. Journal of the American Ceramic Society. View this article in WRRO
- Transformation of Cs-IONSIV® into a ceramic wasteform by hot isostatic pressing. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 498, 33-43.
- Iron phosphate glasses: Bulk properties and atomic scale structure. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 494, 342-353. View this article in WRRO
- Formation of F6V2 complexes in F-implanted Ge determined by x-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing.
- Simulation of alpha decay of actinides in iron phosphate glasses by ion irradiation. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 371, 424-428.
- The durability of iodide sodalite. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 449(1-3), 168-172.
- Surface sensitive spectroscopy study of ion beam irradiation induced structural modifications in borosilicate glasses. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1514, 75-80.
- The Effect of γ-radiation on Mechanical Properties of Model UK Nuclear Waste Glasses. MRS Proceedings, 1518, 41-46.
- Thermal Conversion of Cs-exchanged IONSIV IE-911 into a Novel Caesium Ceramic Wasteform by Hot Isostatic Pressing. MRS Proceedings, 1518, 67-72.
- The effect of uranium oxide additions on the structure of alkali borosilicate glasses. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 378, 282-289.
- Advanced ceramic wasteforms for the immobilisation of radwastes. Ceramic Transactions, 241, 11-22.
- Positron annihilation studies of fluorine-vacancy complexes in Si and SiGe. Journal of Applied Physics, 111(7), 073510-073510.
- Crystal structure and non-stoichiometry of cerium brannerite: Ce 0.975Ti 2O 5.95. Journal of Solid State Chemistry.
- The effects of γ-radiation on model vitreous wasteforms intended for the disposal of intermediate and high level radioactive wastes in the United Kingdom. Journal of Nuclear Materials.
- Crystal structure and non-stoichiometry of cerium brannerite: Ce
0.975Ti 2O 5.95. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 192, 172-178.
- The effects of γ-radiation on model vitreous wasteforms intended for the disposal of intermediate and high level radioactive wastes in the United Kingdom. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 429(1-3), 353-367.
- Solid-phase epitaxial regrowth of amorphous silicon containing helium bubbles. Journal of Applied Physics, 104(9), 094905-094905.
- The interaction of cavities in silicon with moving amorphous–crystalline interfaces. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 257(1-2), 177-180.
- The effect of ion-beam specimen preparation techniques on vacancy-type defects in silicon. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 242(1-2), 610-613.
Conference proceedings papers
- Research group
Dr Hamed Shahmir, PDRA, working on the development of radiation damage resistant high entropy alloys for advanced nuclear systems (EPSRC)
Dhinisaben Patel, PhD student, working on high entropy alloys for fusion: Exploration of novel processing routes and HEA stability in extreme environments (Advanced Metallic Systems CDT and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy)
Samuel Waters, PhD student, working on ceramic breeder materials for fusion (EPSRC DTA and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy)Enrique Casanas Montesdeoca, PhD student, working on application of novel ceramic synthesis to the development of lithium-containing fuels for nuclear fusion (EPSRC DTA)Kavi Sharma, PhD student, working on enhancing understanding of the fundamental mechanisms which influence AGR cladding behaviour (Advanced Metallic Systems CDT and National Nuclear Laboratory)
- Professional activities
- Women in Engineering
We interviewed Amy for the Faculty of Engineering's Wall of Women when she was a Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering. Here's Amy's interview:
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