Department of Applied Physics

Nuclear Materials and Engineering (NuME)

The Nuclear Materials and Engineering group employs computational methods to study radiation induced processes and damage formation in materials, including effects ranging from electron excitations to large scale collision cascades involving millions of atoms.
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NuME group, December 2023; left to right (second row): Andrea Sand, Antoine Clement, Nadezda Korepanova, Rafael Nunez-Palacio, Uttiyoarnab Saha, Jarmo Ala-Heikkilä, Ali Hamedani; (first row): Ruoyan Jin, Evgeniia Ponomareva, Azimatu Fangnon, Nima Mofrad
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Group Leader

Andrea Sand

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Teaching and Supervision

The Nuclear Materials and Engineering group offers topics in computational materials science for Master's and Bachelor's theses, and promotes a number of courses in nuclear materials and nuclear engineering. 

News and Events

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Physics Double Research Seminar: Javier Dominguez & Silvia Bonfanti (NOMATEN, Poland)

Javier Dominguez and Silvia Bonfanti will give seminars in the area of theoretical materials research

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Physics Research Seminar: Prof. Artur Tamm (University of Tartu, Estonia)

Prof. Artur Tamm will give a seminar entitled "Large-Scale Atomistic Simulations of Non-Equilibrium Processes Driven by Electron-Ion Interactions: Case Study of Laser Heated Tungsten"

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Pizza Brown Bag Seminar
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Research project develops method for predicting radiation damage in semiconductors

Andrea Sand receives significant funding from European Research Council for research that can open doors for next-generation materials in electronics


Public defence in Engineering Physics, M.Sc. Marton Szogradi

Title of the doctoral thesis: Multidisciplinary fusion engineering

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EU awards significant funding for Finnish AI-assisted fusion research

The University of Helsinki will lead a new centre specialised in fusion research based on artificial intelligence and modelling, harnessing the strong expertise in AI in the Helsinki region for future energy production.

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Departmental Seminar: Towards quantum accuracy in radiation damage simulations

Newly hired Assistant Prof. Andrea Sand (NuME, Department of Applied Physics) will give an online seminar about her research programme.

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From picoseconds to decades: modelling materials for future energy

Professor Andrea Sand tells us about her work modelling how radiation affects materials, and how this can help develop new energy sources for the future


Latest Publications

More information on our research in the Research database.

Microstructure of a heavily irradiated metal exposed to a spectrum of atomic recoils

Max Boleininger, Daniel R. Mason, Andrea E. Sand, Sergei L. Dudarev 2023 Scientific Reports

Stability of 〈100〉 dislocations formed in W collision cascades

Utkarsh Bhardwaj, Andrea E. Sand, Manoj Warrier 2022 Journal of Nuclear Materials

Comparison of SIA defect morphologies from different interatomic potentials for collision cascades in W

Utkarsh Bhardwaj, Andrea E. Sand, Manoj Warrier 2021 Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering

Graph theory based approach to characterize self interstitial defect morphology

Utkarsh Bhardwaj, Andrea E. Sand, Manoj Warrier 2021 Computational Materials Science

Modelling ion implantation ranges with ab initio electronic stopping power

Andrea Sand 2021 Tools for investigating electronic excitation

Classification of clusters in collision cascades

Utkarsh Bhardwaj, Andrea Elisabet Sand, Manoj Warrier 2020 Computational Materials Science

Effects of cascade-induced dislocation structures on the long-term microstructural evolution in tungsten

G. Bonny, N. Castin, A. Bakaev, Andrea Elisabet Sand, D. Terentyev 2020 Computational Materials Science

Deuterium retention in tungsten irradiated by different ions

B. Wielunska, M. Mayer, T. Schwarz-Selinger, A.E. Sand, W. Jacob 2020 Nuclear Fusion

Collision cascades overlapping with self-interstitial defect clusters in Fe and W

J Byggmästar, F Granberg, A E Sand, A Pirttikoski, R Alexander, M-C Marinica, K Nordlund 2019 Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal

Past Group Members:

Iisa Saunamäki (doctoral student)

Unna Arpiainen (research assistant)

Ville Vuorinen (research assistant)

Ludovico Caveglia Curtil (doctoral student)

Glen Kiely (AScI summer intern)

Hitarth Shah (AScI summer intern)

Aapo Harju (research assistant)

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