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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Nuclear research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research areas include:

  • Reactor Waste and Deep Geological Disposal of Waste, including investigations into the subsurface geophysics of deep geological disposal sites.
  • Integration with Energy and Energy Related Networks, especially for new fusion and fission reactor concepts.
  • New Reactor Systems for both electricity and heat production.  This area combines technical investigations with policy and finance-related research.
  • Nuclear Policy and Energy Security, including issues relating to the global expansion of nuclear energy while taking into account security, safety, finance and regulatory concerns.
  • Radiation Damage and New Materials, including both modelling and experimental investigations into materials for power reactors and storage containers.

Some key research centres include:


We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in nuclear energy.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the nuclear energy theme.  

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Emilio  Artacho
Professor of Theoretical Mineral Physics
Prof Gábor  Csányi
Professor of Molecular Modelling
Professor Laura  Diaz Anadon
Professor of Climate Change Policy
Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)
Professor Lindsay  Greer
Professor of Materials Science
01223 334308
Dr Geoff  Parks
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
01223 748553
Professor Mike  Payne
Professor of Computational Physics
Fellow of Pembroke College
01223 337381
 Tony  Roulstone
Affiliated Lecturer
0775 362 7634
Dr Eugene  Shwageraus
Professor of Nuclear Energy Systems Engineering
Dr Simon  Taylor
Director of the Master of Finance Programme
University Lecturer in Finance
+44 (0)1223 338179

Associate Members

Engagement Manager

Graduate Students