Thomas Aarholt

BSc in Nanotechnology (University of Leeds, UK)

2nd year D.Phil Student

Thomas is looking at hydrogen pickup mechanisms and oxidation in zirconium alloys for nuclear cladding purposes. When exposed for long times in water at high temperature with large amounts of radiation, the zirconium alloy oxides and corrodes. This is one of the major limiting factors for high burnup in nuclear reactors. Thomas uses TEM and nanoSIMS to analyze the oxide and the metal-oxide interface.

Outside of research, Thomas is an avid swing (lindy hop) dancer and spends time he should be sleeping during rowing for his college rowing team.