Speaker Balkenende - EnergyDays - 17 March 2016
dr. T.W. (Thomas) Morgan
DIFFER - Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research
Touching the sun: finding materials for fusion reactors
Nuclear fusion offers the opportunity for CO2 free, safe and reliable energy generation. One of the main challenges to the realization of this dream however is to develop material solutions for the fusion reactor, in terms of structural materials but especially in the wall components of the reaction chamber. Here extreme heat and particle fluxes from the plasma to the walls makes finding materials which can fulfil all necessary criteria very demanding. On the other hand this drives innovation in producing novel materials and solutions. In this talk the material challenge for fusion reactors and how this problem is being tackled by the fusion materials community will be discussed.
Thomas Morgan is a researcher and group leader at DIFFER, the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Dr Morgan coordinates research at the Magnum-PSI and Pilot-PSI high flux linear devices and is the DIFFER leader of the Extreme Materials Impulse Programme in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research includes many aspects of plasma-surface interactions but concentrates on advanced divertor materials and concepts, in particular the application of liquid metals as a plasma facing material.