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Nicholas Smith

Professor Nicholas Smith

Research Fellow


National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd

Research summary

Within the National Nuclear Laboratory I undertake internally funded R&D research - currently comprising research into Laser Induced Break Down Spectroscopy (LIBS) for characterisation.

I am involved in research through collaboration with the University of Manchester, where I am a Visiting Research Fellow within the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. I am affiliated to the Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning within the Dalton Nuclear Institute. I am industrial supervisor for a Nuclear First Doctoral Training Centre-funded PhD using 3D LiDAR to collect high resolution data sets from outcrop analogues for deep geological disposal higher strength and crystalline host rocks. These will be used as the basis for 3D geological structure (fracture) and fluid flow modelling. I am also Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University where NNL is involved as industry partner in an EPSRC-funded project examining the adaptation and resiliance of the coast to climate change and its impact on nuclear power. This project uses high resolution LiDAR datasets to model coastal change.

I have recently been appointed as Honorary Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University where I will be giving guest lectures and co-supervising research projects in the areas of geological and environmental, GIS-based characterisation, coastal modelling and hazard assessment. I am aiming to set up research collaborations with LJMU staff.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Remote laser spectroscopy of natural/man-made materials in the nuclear industry

Scheme: Industry Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2013 - Sep 2017

Value: £112,853.18