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Nuclear Energy

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.  The lead for nuclear energy is .

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