Group Leader for Advanced Manufacturing, New Fuel Systems and Feedstock Development
Principal investigator for TREAT experiments
Research Areas: Advanced Manufacturing and Intelligent Systems
Masters degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology, University of Leicester, 2006
PhD in Physics Research, University of Leicester, 2010
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2008
American Nuclear Society, 2011
Paul A. Lessing "Controlled relative humidity storage for high toughness and strength of
binderless green pellets", Journal of the American Ceramics Society, (2017) DOI:
Materials. 433 (2013) 50-54.
cermets". Journal of Nuclear Materials. 393 (2009) 108-113.DOI:
Reactor: Development of Experimental and Analytical Capabilities in Support of the Accident
Tolerant Fuels Campaign." Proceedings of OECD/NEA Workshop on Pellet-Cladding Interaction (PCI) in Water-Cooled Reactors, June 22-24, Lucca, Italy.
Wachs, "TREAT Irradiation Vehicle Designs, Capabilities, And Future Plans", Proceedings of
the PHYSOR-2016 Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA, May 1 – 5, 2016.
transient testing campaign in the TREAT reactor" Transactions of the American Nuclear Society,
Volume 112 (2015) Pages: 355-357.
O'Brien, R.C.; Snow, S.D. "TREAT experiment vehicle design and future plans" Transactions of
the American Nuclear Society Volume 112 (2015) Pages: 369-71.
Proceedings of the 2015 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2015) conference,
urania cermet fuel for space propulsion and power applications" Journal of Nuclear
Engineering and Design Volume 273 (2014) Pages 143–149
Housley, "Improved durability of SOEC stacks for high temperature electrolysis", International
Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 38, Issue 1, 11 January 2013, Pages 20–28.
of reversible solid oxide cells" Journal of Power Sources, Volume 242, (2013) Pages 566–574.
Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2013), 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA.
A., "TESTING AND PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF NASA 5 CM BY 5 CM BISUPPORTED
SOLID OXIDE ELECTROLYSIS CELLS OPERATED IN BOTH FUEL CELL
AND STEAM ELECTROLYSIS MODES" Journal article: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME
INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION, 2011,
VOL 4, PTS A AND B Pages: 513-521 Published: 2012.
Heaters and Power Systems", Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 27, No. 5 (2011), pp. 1131-
Bannister, S.D. Howe, R.C. O'Brien, A.C. Klein "Mars reconnaissance lander: Vehicle and
mission design", Journal of Planetary and Space Science Volume 59, Issue 13 ( 2011) Pages
Sailer, Mark McKay, John C. Bridges, Nigel P. Bannister, "The Mars Hopper: an impulse driven,
long range, long-lived mobile platform utilizing in-situ Martian resources" Acta Astronautica
Volume 69, Issues 11–12(2011) Pages 1050–1056.
long-lived mobile platform utilizing in situ Martian resources", Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Part G, Volume: 225 Issue: G2 Pages: 144-153 Special Issue: SI (2011).
applications". Journal of Nuclear Materials. 608 (2009) 403-409.DOI:
propulsion reactors by spark plasma sintering". Proceedings of: Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2009), Paper Number 206153; June 14‐19, 2009; Atlanta,GA.
Proceedings of: Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2009), Paper Number
206155; June 14-19, 2009; Atlanta, GA
Commercial, Space & Defense Nuclear Systems and Fuels Engineering for light water reactors, micro-reactors, Nuclear Thermal Propulsion and Radioisotope Power Systems. Development of advanced nuclear fuel and radioisotope source fabrication technologies including Spark Plasma Sintering and Laser Additive manufacturing. Research to industrial scale-up of manufacturing processes. Nuclear fuel irradiation performance and safety testing. Nuclear instrumentation design and development. Direct energy and high power laser systems development.