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Published: 12 March 2018

University of Surrey awarded $1.1M research grant by US agency to bolster nuclear security

The University of Surrey has been awarded $1.1M by the US Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to research new types of nano-materials that produce high efficiency radiation detectors for use in nuclear security.

The project will develop clever materials that are used as highly sensitive radiation detectors. The team from Surrey will be working on this five-year project to develop a new class of materials called nanocomposite organic scintillators. These materials have the potential to be used in next generation radiation detectors thanks to their high light yields and sensitivity to nuclear radiation.

The Surrey team, led by Professor Paul Sellin and in collaboration with Professor Stephen Sweeney and Dr Carol Crean, aims to develop a deeper understanding of these new and exciting materials. The project is also in collaboration with Kromek Plc.

Professor Sellin said: “This is an exciting opportunity for myself and the team here at Surrey to develop these new nanocomposite materials, which have the potential to be used as highly sensitive nuclear detectors.”


The project or effort depicted was or is sponsored by the US Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The content of the information does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the federal government, and no official endorsement should be inferred. 100% of the total costs of this research program will be financed with federal money, which is a total of $1.1M of federal funds.

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