(Dr Mark Read)
I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry, at the University of Birmingham, teaching Physical Chemistry within the School, as well as contributing to teaching programmes about Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management for the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research. I lead an active research group, using computational modelling to simulate solid materials, in order to extend our understanding of their structure, stability, and reactivity. This is incredibly important for predicting the long-term stability of contemporary materials used in industry and energy applications.
Currently, my research focuses on the simulation of ageing effects on nuclear fuels (uranium and plutonium oxides), radiation damage and modelling the defect chemistry within the bulk and at surfaces (which control many important material properties). Indeed, the corrosion of nuclear fuels is an extremely pertinent area of research and is crucial to the safety and sustainability of the nuclear fuel cycle. To find out more about my research, click here to see my personal website.
I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Surrey and, after spending three years in industry as an Occupational Health and Environmental Consultant, I studied for my PhD at the University of Surrey as a CASE Student with Industrial Sponsor ICI Katalco on the topic: “Atomistic Simulation Studies of the Defect and Surface Properties of Perovskite-based Oxide Catalysts” which lead to improved formulation of the Hydecat™ catalyst.
Following my PhD, I worked in industrial research within the defence industry, and moved to the University of Birmingham in 2012.
I am actively engaged in promoting research to support the UK’s investment in nuclear power generation, and coordinate many outreach activities for school education, with the University of Birmingham, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Salters’ Institute. I take the RSC’s ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase‘ out to schools around the Midlands and we host the Salters’ Festival in the School of Chemistry. To learn more about the activities that I deliver, take a look at my webpage.
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