Academic Staff

Dr Amy Gandy


Year 1 Tutor
Department of Materials Science & Engineering

T: (+44) (0)114 222 6036
W: Departmental Web Profile
Location: Room I2, Sir Robert Hadfield Building

I am a lecturer for MEng Engineering, based in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. I graduated from the University of Salford in 2003 with a First Class MPhys (Hons) degree in Physics and Space Technology. I obtained a Joint PhD in 2009, awarded from both the University of Salford and the University of Poitiers, France, in the area of nanostructure engineering for semiconductor technologies. I stayed in this research area whilst undertaking a post-doctoral research position at the University of Manchester (2009-2011). I moved to the Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL) at the University of Sheffield in 2011 as a post-doctoral research associate in nuclear materials, and became a lecture in nuclear engineering in 2015. My interdisciplinary background has given me invaluable insights into how different engineering disciplines are inextricably linked, facilitating advancements in technology and human development.


Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is inherently interdisciplinary, linking maths, physics, chemistry and biology. I currently teach nuclear physics and basic reactor designs to 2nd year MSE students, industry led group research projects (with NNL) to 3rd year MSE students, and advanced nuclear systems to 4th year MSE, Mechanical, and Chemical Engineering students. I bring my enthusiasm for my research into my lectures, giving context to everything that I teach, making my lectures accessible and exciting.


My 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). I use advanced electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and surface sensitive spectroscopic techniques to characterise the structure of materials and irradiation induced defect morphologies. My research is interdisciplinary linking nuclear technologies with electroceramics, metallurgy and physics to engineer materials with enhanced properties. My research is conducted in the Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL) and the Functional Materials and Devices Group. I lead a research project with the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and I’m involved in projects with the National Nuclear Laboratory.

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