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Laboratory Fellows

Matthew Barker was appointed Laboratory Fellow in 2015, covering the area of Post Irradiation Evaluation; Matthew is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Matthew joined the BNFL MOX Technical Department in 2003 having previously completed a degree D.Phil. in High Energy Particle Physics at the University of Oxford. His work for BNFL focused on fuel performance support to the Sellafield MOX Plant.

Matthew moved to NNL in 2005 and took the lead for the Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) component of the MOX fuel performance programme. This included representing NNL in a number of international collaborations and technical management of the PIE programme at external institutions in a number of countries including Germany, Japan, Norway and France. From 2005, he took an increasing role in analysis of AGR reactor graphite and AGR fuel. The work included analysis of basic properties measurements on irradiated reactor graphite and the development of new measurement capabilities.

In 2009, Matthew took the technical lead role for ensuring the quality of results obtained from a large programme of fuel PIE work at Studsvik Nuclear AB in Sweden. In 2010 Matthew took over  management of the fuel and graphite performance team, comprised of senior experts within NNL covering CAGR fuel and graphite PIE. A major part of Matthew’s role during this period was as technical lead for the PIE of irradiated fuel from the UK’s fleet of AGR power stations.

Since 2015 Matthew has been the Business Manager and Senior Technical Lead for Civil Fuel Performance work at Windscale. The role provides oversight of technical leads working in multiple areas (SEM, Metallography, NDT, Endoscopy) to fulfil requirements for PIE on AGR Fuel.

Within his current role Matthew also leads a number of IR&D areas aimed at further developing the scientific merit of civil fuel PIE within NNL. As a laboratory fellow, interests include technical development and scientific quality and rigour.