Dr Claire Utton

MEng, PhD

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research Fellow

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

Claire completed her PhD on the ‘Encapsulation of a BaCO3 waste in composite cement’ in 2007 and subsequently worked at the French Atomic Energy Commission, the Institute of Transuranium Elements and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in the areas of durability of encapsulated waste and thermodynamic modelling of nuclear fuels.

She has since returned to Sheffield and is currently working in the area of thermodynamic modelling of refractory metals for turbine blade applications.

Research interests

"My research interests are based around using thermodynamic modelling to predict the behaviour of materials, under nominal and extreme conditions. This includes developing thermodynamic databases using the Calphad method supported by key experiments (e.g. measuring the thermodynamic and physical properties of materials).

In addition, based on my PhD work I have an active interest in waste encapsulation and cement science, in particular in the development of novel cement systems and the durability of encapsulated wastes.

My current project is sponsored by Rolls Royce and EPSRC. I am using thermodynamic modelling to predict the properties of multi-component niobium silicide-based alloys, which are next-generation materials for turbine blades for aerospace or energy applications."


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Hussein O, Bernal Lopez S, Utton C & Kinoshita H (2014) Effect of hydrothermal condition on PC-BaSO4 system as a high density support matrix for deep borehole geological disposal of nuclear wastes. Young Researchers Forum II: Construction Materials. London, UK, 19 February 2014 - 19 February 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kinoshita H, Borges PHR, Utton CA, Milestone NB & Lynsdale C (2008) Investigation on the immobilisation of carbon in OPC-BFS and OPC-PFA systems. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXI, Vol. 1107 (pp 143-150) RIS download Bibtex download