RAMPS: What we do
We specialize in radiation and corrosion chemistry. We investigate the chemical mechanisms of the degradation of materials under radiation. In order to do this, we need to determine the concentrations and rates of production of the reactive compounds and radical species produced by radiation in various media, under a range of environmental conditions. We are developing a more comprehensive and quantitative understanding of the influence of these "radiolysis products" on the behaviour of materials, and in particular the corrosion of metals. We also study applications of radiation chemistry in materials science (for example, nanoparticle formation).
We are currently looking for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with strong chemistry backgrounds to join our group. If you are interested, fill in the contact form.
Previous Research Spotlights:
- The Wren Group visited the Nuclear Waste Management Organization's Proof Test Facility for an information-exchange session.
- In November, Dr. Wren attended the Corrosion Prediction and Mitigation for Key Components of Fukushima Daiichi NPS conference in Japan as an invited keynote speaker. Her lecture was entitled "Effects of Chemical and Physical Properties of Solution on Radiolysis Induced Corrosion of Carbon Steel".
- Two of our PhD candidates, Dan Guo and Joseph Turnbull, have been awarded 2018 Roy G. Post scholarships. This scholarship was established to help students develop careers in the safe management of nuclear materials. For more information on their projects, see News.
- Mojtaba Momeni has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations, Moji!
- We have just finished making a new video about our research. This video shows you a few visual highlights of our work and tries to convey the excitement we feel about our research. You can watch it here: Wren Laboratory Research.
- Wren Lab PhD candidate Mi Li won the prize for the best oral presentation in the NACE southern Ontario Student section.