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

Dr Amy Gandy
+44 114 222 5484

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Dr Amy Gandy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

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.

Current projects:

  • 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)

Journal articles

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
  • Member of the Royal Society’s International Exchanges Committee (2019 - present)
  • Member of the EPSRC Fusion Advisory Board (2017 - present)
  • Member of the IOM3 Women in Materials Committee (2016 - 2020)
  • Deputy Chair of Women@TUoS (2017 - 2018)
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:

The Wall of Women profiles were taken over a 4/5 year time period and are a snapshot of what our engineers were doing at that time.