Patrick Burr

Senior Lecturer

[Currently taking PhD applicants] more detail here: patrickburr.com

The central aim of my research is to discover the degradation mechanisms of materials used in energy applications, to aid the design of new materials with improved resilience to degradation processes.

I have largely focussed on nuclear materials (fusion and fission) as these are subject to the most extreme conditions and therefore pose the greatest challenge, but I continually transfer the knowledge to solar cells, solid electrolyte fuel cells, electrochemical capacitor and batteries. Specific areas of expertise include: 

  • Material science
    • Degradation of materials (corrosion, irradiation, high temperature, etc)
    • Materials for extreme environments (Fusion energy, outer space, extreme temperatures)
    • Solar photovoltaic materials
    • Nuclear materials
    • Battery materials
    • Simulations and modelling of materials
  • Nuclear Engineering
    • The nuclear fuel cycle
    • Fusion energy
    • Next generation reactors (Gen IV reactors, small modular reactors, and current/old reactor types)
    • Research reactors (nuclear medicine production and neutron generation for science)
    • Nuclear waste management

Learn more here.

Up-to-date publication list on Google ScholarResearch GateMendeley, or ORCID.

Journal articles
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Hossain MA; Zhang T; Zakaria Y; Lambert D; Burr P; Rashkeev S; Abdallah A; Hoex B, 2021, 'Doped Nickel Oxide Carrier-Selective Contact for Silicon Solar Cells', IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 11, pp. 1176 - 1187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JPHOTOV.2021.3095458
2021
Galvin COT; Grimes RW; Burr PA, 2021, 'A molecular dynamics method to identify the liquidus and solidus in a binary phase diagram', Computational Materials Science, vol. 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2020.110016
2021
Jackson ML; Burr PA; Grimes RW, 2021, 'Intrinsic defect migration in Be12Ti', Intermetallics, vol. 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intermet.2020.106937
2021
Galvin COT; Rushton MJD; Cooper MWD; Andersson DA; Burr PA; Grimes RW, 2021, 'The predicted shapes of voids and Xe bubbles in UO2', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152622
2021
Yuwono JA; Burr P; Galvin C; Lennon A, 2021, 'Atomistic Insights into Lithium Storage Mechanisms in Anatase, Rutile, and Amorphous TiO2Electrodes', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 13, pp. 1791 - 1806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c17097
2021
Tuli V; Claisse A; Messina L; Burr PA, 2021, 'Solubility and vacancy-mediated inter-diffusion in the Zr-Nb-Cr system', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 548, pp. 152867 - 152867, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2021.152867
2021
Jones C; Tuli V; Shah Z; Gass M; Burr PA; Preuss M; Moore KL, 2021, 'Evidence of hydrogen trapping at second phase particles in zirconium alloys', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83859-w
2021
Hall CA; Jiang Y; Burr PA; Huang S; Teh ZL; Perez-Wurfl I; Song N; Lennon A, 2021, 'Kinetics studies of thin film amorphous titanium niobium oxides for lithium ion battery anodes', Electrochimica Acta, vol. 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2021.138544
2021
Hawes J; Warnicke P; Burr P; Ferreira Sanchez D; Grolimund D; Partezana J; Chiu YL; Abolhassani S, 2021, 'The speciation of niobium in the oxide layer of an irradiated Low-Tin ZIRLO nuclear material', Corrosion Science, vol. 190, pp. 109630 - 109630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2021.109630
2021
Lennon A; Jiang Y; Hall C; Lau D; Song N; Burr P; Grey CP; Griffith KJ, 2020, 'High-rate lithium ion energy storage to facilitate increased penetration of photovoltaic systems in electricity grids (vol 6, pg E2, 2019)', MRS ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/mre.2020.15
2020
Oliver SX; Jackson ML; Burr PA, 2020, 'Radiation-Induced Evolution of Tungsten Carbide in Fusion Reactors: Accommodation of Defect Clusters and Transmutation Elements', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 3, pp. 868 - 878, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.9b01990
2020
Jiang Y; Hall C; Burr PA; Song N; Lau D; Yuwono J; Wang DW; Ouyang Z; Lennon A, 2020, 'Fabrication strategies for high-rate TiO2 nanotube anodes for Li ion energy storage', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 463, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2020.228205
2020
Galvin COT; Burr PA; Cooper MWD; Fossati PCM; Grimes RW, 2020, 'Using molecular dynamics to predict the solidus and liquidus of mixed oxides (Th,U)O2, (Th,Pu)O2 and (Pu,U)O2', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 534, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152127
2020
Lau D; Hall CA; Lim S; Yuwono JA; Burr PA; Song N; Lennon A, 2020, 'Reduced Silicon Fragmentation in Lithium Ion Battery Anodes Using Electronic Doping Strategies', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 3, pp. 1730 - 1741, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.9b02200
2020
Frost DG; Galvin COT; Cooper MWD; Obbard EG; Burr PA, 2020, 'Thermophysical properties of urania-zirconia (U,Zr)O2 mixed oxides by molecular dynamics', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 528, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.151876
2020
Lambert DS; Lennon A; Burr PA, 2020, 'Diffusion mechanisms of Mo contamination in Si', Physical Review Materials, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.025403
2020
Whiting TM; Burr PA; King DJM; Wenman MR, 2019, 'Understanding the importance of the energetics of Mn, Ni, Cu, Si and vacancy triplet clusters in bcc Fe', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 126, pp. 115901 - 115901, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5109483
2019
Lennon A; Jiang Y; Hall C; Lau D; Song N; Burr P; Grey CP; Griffith KJ, 2019, 'High-rate lithium ion energy storage to facilitate increased penetration of photovoltaic systems in electricity grids', MRS ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/mre.2019.4
2019
Burr PA; Oliver SX, 2019, 'Formation and migration of point defects in tungsten carbide: Unveiling the sluggish bulk self-diffusivity of WC', Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 39, pp. 165 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2018.10.001
2019
Hall CA; Ignjatovic A; Jiang Y; Burr PA; Lennon A, 2019, 'Time domain modelling of concurrent insertion and capacitive storage using Laplace domain representations of impedance', Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, vol. 850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jelechem.2019.113379
2019
Jain ACP; Burr PA; Trinkle DR, 2019, 'First-principles calculations of solute transport in zirconium: Vacancy-mediated diffusion with metastable states and interstitial diffusion', Physical Review Materials, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.033402
2019
Ho M; Obbard E; Burr PA; Yeoh G, 2019, 'A review on the development of nuclear power reactors', Energy Procedia, vol. 160, pp. 459 - 466, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.02.193
2019
Zheng B; Fletcher JE; Lennon A; Jiang Y; Burr PA, 2019, 'Improving generation ramp rates of photovoltaic systems using module-based capacitive energy storage', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 423, pp. 227 - 235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2019.03.055
2019
Burr PA; Kardoulaki E; Holmes R; Middleburgh SC, 2019, 'Defect evolution in burnable absorber candidate material: Uranium diboride, UB2', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 513, pp. 45 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2018.10.039
2019
King DJM; Burr PA; Middleburgh SC; Whiting TM; Burke MG; Wenman MR, 2018, 'The formation and structure of Fe-Mn-Ni-Si solute clusters and G-phase precipitates in steels', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 505, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2018.03.050
2018
Jiang Y; Fletcher J; Burr P; Hall C; Zheng B; Wang DW; Ouyang Z; Lennon A, 2018, 'Suitability of representative electrochemical energy storage technologies for ramp-rate control of photovoltaic power', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 384, pp. 396 - 407, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.03.013
2018
Obbard EG; Johnson KD; Burr PA; Lopes DA; Gregg DJ; Liss KD; Griffiths G; Scales N; Middleburgh SC, 2018, 'Anisotropy in the thermal expansion of uranium silicide measured by neutron diffraction', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 508, pp. 516 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2018.04.049
2018
Jiang Y; Hall C; Song N; Lau D; Burr PA; Patterson R; Wang DW; Ouyang Z; Lennon A, 2018, 'Evidence for Fast Lithium-Ion Diffusion and Charge-Transfer Reactions in Amorphous TiO x Nanotubes: Insights for High-Rate Electrochemical Energy Storage', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 10, pp. 42513 - 42523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b16994
2018
King DJM; Middleburgh SC; Burr PA; Whiting TM; Fossati PC; Wenman MR, 2018, 'Density functional theory study of the magnetic moment of solute Mn in bcc Fe', Physical Review B, vol. 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.98.024418
2018
Burr PA; Lennon A; Lambert DS, 2018, 'Extrinsic Defects in Crystalline MoO3: Solubility and Effect on the Electronic Structure', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 122, pp. 27241 - 27249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b09226
2018
Burr PA; Cooper MWD, 2017, 'Importance of elastic finite-size effects: Neutral defects in ionic compounds', Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, vol. 96, pp. 094107 - 094107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.96.094107
2017
Burr PA; Horlait D; Lee WE, 2017, 'Experimental and DFT investigation of (Cr,Ti)3AlC2 MAX phases stability', Materials Research Letters, vol. 5, pp. 144 - 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21663831.2016.1222598
2017
Lambert DS; Murphy ST; Lennon A; Burr PA, 2017, 'Formation of intrinsic and silicon defects in MoO3 under varied oxygen partial pressure and temperature conditions: An ab initio DFT investigation', RSC Advances, vol. 7, pp. 53810 - 53821, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7ra10690d
2017
Jackson ML; Burr PA; Grimes RW, 2017, 'Defect processes in Be12X Beryllides', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/aa7b41
2017
King DJM; Burr PA; Obbard EG; Middleburgh SC, 2017, 'DFT study of the hexagonal high-entropy alloy fission product system', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 488, pp. 70 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.02.042
2017
Burr PA; Middleburgh SC; Grimes RW, 2016, 'Solubility and partitioning of impurities in Be alloys', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 688, pp. 382 - 385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.07.014
2016
Bell BDC; Murphy ST; Burr PA; Comstock RJ; Partezana JM; Grimes RW; Wenman MR, 2016, 'The influence of alloying elements on the corrosion of Zr alloys', Corrosion Science, vol. 105, pp. 36 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2015.12.022
2016
Cooper MWD; Kuganathan N; Burr PA; Rushton MJD; Grimes RW; Stanek CR; Andersson DA, 2016, 'Development of Xe and Kr empirical potentials for CeO2, ThO2, UO2 and PuO2, combining DFT with high temperature MD', Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/28/40/405401
2016
Jackson ML; Burr PA; Grimes RW, 2016, 'Resolving the structure of TiBe12', Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials, vol. 72, pp. 277 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S205252061600322X
2016
Horlait D; Grasso S; Al Nasiri N; Burr PA; Lee WE, 2016, 'Synthesis and Oxidation Testing of MAX Phase Composites in the Cr-Ti-Al-C Quaternary System', Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 99, pp. 682 - 690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jace.13962
2016
Burr PA; Middleburgh SC; Grimes RW, 2015, 'Crystal structure, thermodynamics, magnetics and disorder properties of Be-Fe-Al intermetallics', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 639, pp. 111 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.03.101
2015
Burr PA; Wenman MR; Gault B; Moody MP; Ivermark M; Rushton MJD; Preuss M; Edwards L; Grimes RW, 2015, 'From solid solution to cluster formation of Fe and Cr in α-Zr', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 467, pp. 320 - 331, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.10.001
2015
Bell BDC; Murphy ST; Burr PA; Grimes RW; Wenman MR, 2015, 'Accommodation of tin in tetragonal ZrO2', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4909505
2015
Middleburgh SC; Burr PA; King DJM; Edwards L; Lumpkin GR; Grimes RW, 2015, 'Structural stability and fission product behaviour in U3Si', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 466, pp. 739 - 744, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.04.052
2015
Lumley SC; Grimes RW; Murphy ST; Burr PA; Chroneos A; Chard-Tuckey PR; Wenman MR, 2014, 'The thermodynamics of hydride precipitation: The importance of entropy, enthalpy and disorder', Acta Materialia, vol. 79, pp. 351 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2014.07.019
2014
Middleburgh SC; Karatchevtseva I; Kennedy BJ; Burr PA; Zhang Z; Reynolds E; Grimes RW; Lumpkin GR, 2014, 'Peroxide defect formation in zirconate perovskites', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 2, pp. 15883 - 15888, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ta02558j
2014
Burr PA; Murphy ST; Lumley SC; Wenman MR; Grimes RW, 2013, 'Hydrogen solubility in zirconium intermetallic second phase particles', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 443, pp. 502 - 506, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2013.07.060
2013
Lumley SC; Murphy ST; Burr PA; Grimes RW; Chard-Tuckey PR; Wenman MR, 2013, 'The stability of alloying additions in Zirconium', Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 437, pp. 122 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2013.01.335
2013
Burr PA; Murphy ST; Lumley SC; Wenman MR; Grimes RW, 2013, 'Hydrogen accommodation in Zr second phase particles: Implications for H pick-up and hydriding of Zircaloy-2 and Zircaloy-4', Corrosion Science, vol. 69, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2012.11.036
2013
Rushton MJD; Wenman MR; Mella R; Burr PA, 2013, 'Providing skilled graduates to the nuclear industry', Nuclear Future, vol. 9, pp. 44 - 49
2013
Conference Papers
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Burr P; Fletcher J; Holbert K; Obbard E, 2020, 'PLuS Alliance Nuclear Engineering Online Course Exchange Program', in Transactions of the American Nuclear Society - Volume 122, AMNS, presented at Transactions - 2020 Virtual Conference, 08 June 2020 - 11 June 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.13182/t32355
2020
Holbert KE; Fletcher J; Burr PA; Obbard EG, 2020, 'PLuS alliance nuclear engineering online course exchange program', in Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, pp. 43 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.13182/T122-32355
2020
Zheng B; Fletcher JE; Lennon A; Jiang Y; Burr PA, 2019, 'Photovoltaic Power Generation with Module-Based Capacitive Energy Storage', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE, Chicago, IL, USA, pp. 900 - 905, presented at 2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Chicago, IL, USA, 16 June 2019 - 21 June 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC40753.2019.8980616
2019
Book Chapters
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Burr PA; Rushton MJD; Chroneos A; Grimes RW, 2020, '1.02 Fundamental Point Defect Properties in Ceramics ☆', in Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, pp. 50 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-803581-8.11787-4
2020
Burr PA; Rushton MJD; Chroneos A; Grimes RW, 2020, 'Fundamental Point Defect Properties in Ceramics', in Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, pp. 50 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-803581-8.11787-4
2020
Conference Posters
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Obbard E; Johnson K; Adorno-Lopes D; Burr P; Middleburgh S, 2018, 'Thermal expansion anisotropy in U3Si2 for accident tolerant fuel', Seattle, presented at 5th Nuclear Materials Conference, Seattle, 14 October 2018 - 18 October 2018
2018
  • 2014: Best speaker award at the Nuclear Institute young speaker competition, Didcot, UK.
  • 2011: Bessemer Medal for excellence in metallurgy at Imperial College London, UK.
  • 2011: David West Prize for applied use of phase diagrams, Imperial College London, UK.
  • 2010: Armourers and Brasiers & AWE bursary for undergraduate studies in nuclear materials, UK.

Chief Investigator 

  • Tokamak Energy (UK), Accelerating the development of shielding materials for spherical Tokamaks – $636,000 – PA Burr, EG Obbard.
  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Project DP170103219 – $270,000 – A Lennon, Z Ouyang, PA Burr.
  • Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB Industry sponsorship – $66,000 – PA Burr.
  • Over $330,000 in-kind of computational resources through national merit allocation schemes.
  • Over $165,000 in-kind access to Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS).
  • UNSW Research infrastructure scheme – $64,750.

Named Partner Investigator

  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (Stiftelsen för Strategisk Forskning), SUNRISE project (Sustainable Nuclear energy Research In Sweden) – SEK 50,000,000 (AUD $7,800,000).
  • EPSRC responsive mode grant (2017-2020) – £665,000 (AUD $1,200,000).
  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (2019-2024) – £5,900,000 (AUD $10,600,000).
  • Nuclear Engineering
    • Nuclear fuel cycle
    • Fusion energy
    • Next generation reactors (Gen IV reactors, small modular reactors, and current/old reactor types)
    • Research reactors (nuclear medicine production and neutron generation for science)
    • Nuclear waste management 
  • Material science
    • Nuclear materials
    • Degradation of materials (corrosion, irradiation, high temperature, etc)
    • Simulations and modelling of materials

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