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Visiting Robert Harrison at The University of Manchester

December 2023

Elina Charatsidou and Pär Olsson visited Robert Harrison at The University of Manchester and the team working with uranium nitride (UN) fuel development to establish collaboration with them and SUNRISE Centre at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. It was a highly rewarding experience to have the change to see the awesome work done there and the labs and facilities on site!

Compilation of images taken during the visit.
Compilation of images taken during the visit.

The first General Assembly of SUNRISE

2023-12-12

Just competed the last SUNRISE workshop of 2023 with the presentation of the first general assembly of SUNRISE. All the PhD students of each work package got the opportunity to present their latest updates to their peers, as well as an overview of their research to the stakeholders collaborating with SUNRISE Centre.

Presenting for each work package:
WP1: Fredrik Dehlin
WP2: Christopher Petersson
WP3: Paul Gruber, Daria Kolbas
WP4: Elina Charatsidou
WP5: Kin Wing Wong

From left to right, top to bottom. Fredrik Dehlin (WP1), Christopher Petersson (WP2), Paul Gruber (W
From left to right, top to bottom. Fredrik Dehlin (WP1), Christopher Petersson (WP2), Paul Gruber (WP3), Daria Kolbas (WP3), Elina Charatsidou (WP4) and Kin Wing Wong (WP5).

Have a look at our poster to learn more about the research in each work package group.

SUNRISE Poster

SUNRISE poster, created by Ph.D. student Elina Charatsidou
SUNRISE poster, created by Ph.D. student Elina Charatsidou

We are excited to share our new poster depicting the well-rounded research objectives within SUNRISE Centre and its individual work packages. We focus on topics of reactor design (Fredrik Dehlin, Ignas Mickus, Alejandría Pérez), steel development & degradation studies (Christopher Petersson, Didier Bathellier, Faris B. Sweidan), cladding laser welding (Paul Gruber) & wear and fretting tests (Daria Kolbas), Uranium Nitride (UN) fuel development (Elina Charatsidou, Maria Giamouridou, Faris B. Sweidan & Didier Bathellier) and the design and construction of the SEFACE, flow accelerated corrosion erosion tests in liquid lead, facility (Kin Wing Wong, Sumathi Vasudevan, Ignas Mickus, Faris B. Sweidan).

French-Swedish business summit in Paris

2023-12-04

Professor Pär Olsson was invited to talk during the panel session at the French-Swedish business summit in Paris, discussing the topic of increasing competence in the nuclear field.

Prof. Pär Olsson speaking during the panel session at the French-Swedish bussiness summit.
Prof. Pär Olsson speaking during the panel session at the French-Swedish bussiness summit.

SUNRISE: Award-Winning Poster at the KTH Energy Dialogue 2023

2023-11-30

On November 30th, the SUNRISE Centre participated in the KTH Energy Dialogue 2023 conference at KTH, where researchers and professionals from a wide range of scientific fields gathered to exchange insights on energy security and resilience.


We are thrilled to share that our students won the poster competition for the best poster on energy and communication, with our poster titled “Advanced Nuclear Fuel Research & Development”.


A great congratulations to Elina Charatsidou, Maria Giamouridou and Eloi Pallarès Abril for the exceptional poster design and work on nuclear communication. It is exciting to see all the reach and interest our research has.

 The award-winning poster from the KTH Energy Dialogue 2023.
The award-winning poster from the KTH Energy Dialogue 2023.
These images feature SUNRISE project students proudly posing next to their award-winning poster.
These images feature SUNRISE project students proudly posing next to their award-winning poster.

SUNRISE Representation at the NuFuel 2023 Conference in Marseille, France

October 2023

At an event on October 2023, Elina Charatsidou shared insights into the "Thermal conductivity of UN and SIMFUEL pellets", shedding light on the intricacies of these materials. Simultaneously, Faris B. Sweidan tackled the study of "UN's steady-state secondary creep rate, employing Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) for experimentation". Pär Olsson's supervision was instrumental in guiding these intricate studies, turning complex scientific pursuits into accessible realms of understanding.

Compilation of the conference images with Elina in the bottom left and Faris in the bottom right.
Compilation of the conference images with Elina in the bottom left and Faris in the bottom right.

SUNRISE PhD Students Illuminate Nuclear Power Exhibition at Tekniska Museet

October 2023

SUNRISE PhD students Elina Charatsidou, Fredrik Dehlin, Christopher Petersson, along with Dr. Faris B. Sweidan, were in the spotlight at the nuclear power exhibition during Event på Tekniska Museet.

Pictures taken during the event.
Pictures taken during the event.

Uranium nitride synthesis from UF6

2023-10-24

In October 2023, KTH succeeded in producing UN directly from UF6 using a gas-gas reaction with ammonia in the nuclear fuel lab. 

Double slam for SUNRISE in the 2023 Sigvard Eklund Prize

2023-10-17

Gabriela Lapinska, who worked on her MSc thesis project in SUNRISE WP2 with supervision by Faris Sweidan, Christopher Petersson and Pär Olsson, won the Sigvard Eklund Prize for best MSc thesis in 2023. Diogo Ribeiro Costa, who is working in SUNRISE in his capacity as Principal Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Sweden, won the Sigvard Eklund Prize for best PhD thesis in 2023.

Photo from left to right: Pär Olsson, Gabriela Lapinska, Diogo Ribeiro Costa, Faris Sweidan
Photo from left to right: Pär Olsson, Gabriela Lapinska, Diogo Ribeiro Costa, Faris Sweidan

The whole SUNRISE team is immensely proud to have such outstanding students and co-workers in our ranks!

Gabriela's MSc thesis, entitled " Effect of Proton Irradiation on the Mechanical Properties of Fe-10Cr-4Al in Liquid Lead ".

Diogo's PhD thesis, entiteld " Development of Encapsulated UN-UO2 Accident Tolerant Fuel ".

The Sigvard Eklund Prize has been established by SKC (Svenskt Kärntekniskt Centrum) to recognise and reward outstanding academic work by bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students at Swedish universities. Once a year, supervisors and teachers can nominate one or more theses to be considered as the best of its academic level of the year. An independent jury considers the motivation for nomination, the scientific merit and the overall quality of all submitted theses in deciding whom to award.

More information can be found at the SKC web pages .

SUNRISE Sparks Innovation and Dialogue at French-Swedish Research Days Conference

September 2023

In a groundbreaking presence at the French-Swedish Research Days Conference hosted at the prestigious KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SUNRISE took center stage in shaping the discourse on the future of nuclear power. Pär Olsson and Elina Charatsidou, among others, shared insights into the dynamic activities at the SUNRISE Centre, highlighting their commitment to advancing nuclear technology. The duo also delved into the crucial aspect of fostering public awareness about the role and potential of nuclear power, making their contributions a beacon of enlightenment in the evolving landscape of sustainable energy.

On the bottom left we can see PhD student Elina talking. On the right we can see the Reaktorhallen.
On the bottom left we can see PhD student Elina talking. On the right we can see the Reaktorhallen.
On the top we can see Prof. Pär Olsson giving a presentation in Reaktorhallen.
On the top we can see Prof. Pär Olsson giving a presentation in Reaktorhallen.

SUNRISE Centre representation at the 34th Annual Conference of the Mexican Nuclear Society

August 2023

Find more about the conference here .

Panel of the 34th Annual Conference of the Mexican Nuclear Society.
Panel of the 34th Annual Conference of the Mexican Nuclear Society.

SUNRISE Centre Delegation participating in the ICONE30 International Conference on Nuclear Engineering

June 2023

Members of the SUNRISE Centre, including experienced leaders Pär Olsson, Pavel Kudinov, and Dmitry Grishchenko, along with the juniors like Elina Charatsidou, Fredrik Dehlin, Kin Wing Wong, Didier Bathellier, and Xicheng Wang, actively participated in the recent ICONE30 conference. The international event provided a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration, as showcased in the shared pictures capturing SUNRISE's vibrant presence at the conference.

Top to bottom, left to right: Elina Charatsidou, Didier Bathellier, Fredrik Dehlin and Pär Olsson.
Top to bottom, left to right: Elina Charatsidou, Didier Bathellier, Fredrik Dehlin and Pär Olsson.

SUNRISE utvecklar fjärde generationens kärnkraft -- SUNRISE develops fourth-generation nuclear power

June 2023

Three of our doctoral students, Elina Charatsidou, Daria Kolbas and Fredrik Dehlin, were recently interviewed regarding their research work within SUNRISE for the SSF:s / Nextmedias Framtidens Forskning 2023 issue.
You can read the interview here .

Picture of Fredrik Delhol, Elina Charatsidou and Daria Kolbas.
Picture of Fredrik Delhol, Elina Charatsidou and Daria Kolbas.

Elina Charatsidou Explores Women in Nuclear Physics and Engineering in STEM, Sharing Insights from KTH and SUNRISE Project

May 2023

Elina Charatsidou talks to the organisation Girls in STEM about nuclear physics and nuclear engineering research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and within the SUNRISE Project from the perspective of a woman in STEM and engineering.

Pictures taken during the event.
Pictures taken during the event.

WP4 Participates in the TMS 2022 Conference

2022-02-28

Elina Charatsidou presents her work on nuclear materials during the TMS 2022 conference in Anaheim, California, USA.

TMS 2022 Anaheim, California, USA
TMS 2022 Anaheim, California, USA

The presentation was part of the ''Advanced Characterization and Modeling of Nuclear Fuels: Microstructure, Thermo-physical Properties'' section of the conference, Topic of the presentation: Thermal Conductivity Degradation by Solid Fission Products: Machine Learning Coupled with First Principles Model

National Radio News interviewing Pär Olsson

2022-01-28

The next generation of nuclear power can make energy from nuclear waste.

" The government gave the green light to proceed with the plans for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark outside Östhammar. How far has a solution come in other countries and what does it take for us to have a fourth generation that can utilize spent nuclear fuel? "

Listen here

TV4 Interview with the KTH Nuclear Fuel Lab

2022-01-26

The nuclear power of the future is predicted to be able to reuse nuclear fuel.

" The government is expected to announce the final repository of nuclear waste from our Swedish nuclear power plants. At the same time, research is being done on a new type of small reactor that can use today's nuclear waste as fuel and shorten the time that the waste needs to be stored for 99,000 years. This is so-called uranium nitride, a future nuclear fuel that is being developed at KTH."

Watch the Video

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