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Laboratory Fellows


Dave Goddard was appointed as a Laboratory Fellow for Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing in 2016.  Dave joined British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) in 1992 as a material scientist, specialising in the application of scanning probe and scanning electron microscopies. During this time he built strong university collaborations, in particular the University of Oxford. He succeeded in producing the first atomic resolution images of uranium dioxide surfaces using an elevated temperature Scanning Tunnelling Microscope.

In 2000, Dave led the establishment of a University Research Alliance in the area of particle science and engineering at the University of Leeds. This group has grown over the years, with over 30 PhD students currently working on a wide range of projects primarily supporting waste management and clean-up activities across the industry.

Key area of Expertise

Throughout his career Dave has continued to provide microscopy and surface characterisation support to operating fuel manufacturing plants, in particular the Oxide Fuel Complex at Springfield’s Fuels Ltd and the Sellafield MOX Plant. More recently he has been the technical lead for the development of a Nuclear Fuels Centre of Excellence, working closely with the University of Manchester. The new facilities at NNL Preston laboratory are being used to investigate novel fabrication routes for fuels with enhanced accident tolerance and high uranium density, such as uranium silicide, that could lead to a step change in the next generation of nuclear fuels.

Key Achievements

Dave is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Scientist and was recently appointed as a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester.  He has co-authored over 30 refereed publications and is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. As part of his Laboratory Fellow role, Dave will be supporting the NNL Science and Technology strategy, making use of his experience of working with universities to establish strategic agreements with some of NNL’s key university partners.