Dr Amy Gandy

MPhys (Hons), PhD
Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering
Lecturer and Course Tutor for MEng Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5484
Email: a.gandy@sheffield.ac.uk

Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Dr Amy GandyAmy 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.

Career history
  • 2015 - current: 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

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)
Professional activities and recognition
Selected publications
Phd Students

Dhinisaben Patel: High entropy alloys for fusion: Exploration of novel processing routes and HEA stability in extreme environments (Advanced Metallic Systems CDT http://www.metallicscdt.co.uk)

Samuel Waters: Ceramic breeder materials for fusion (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy)