Dr Caroline Shenton-Taylor

Lecturer in Applied Nuclear Physics
PhD (Warwick, 2007), MPhys, CPhys, MInstP

Academic and research departments

Department of Physics.



Caroline obtained her PhD in the field of Magnetic Compton Scattering in 2007 from the University of Warwick. Working with synchrotron X-rays, she explored a range of magnetic materials with applications including enhanced computer memory and innovative refrigeration. From 2007 to 2017 Caroline transitioned into industry, leading a diverse portfolio of scientific research projects on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence and UK Home Office. Throughout this time Caroline was the Team and Technical Lead for an interdisciplinary research team, focused on the development of novel methods to detect the presence of illegal radiological and nuclear materials.

In May 2017, Caroline joined the University of Surrey as an Applied Nuclear Physics Lecturer, promoting academic research aligned to Nuclear Security and Nuclear Threat Reduction. Presently her interests include the use of smart materials to enhance radiation detection and the coupling of detectors with innovative deployment modes.

In her spare time Caroline is passionate about scientific exchange and is an active science blogger and speaker, chatting all things science at festivals, schools and community groups. Caroline was the winner of the 2014 UK Famelab competition and the following year used the prize money to launch a space balloon in honour of Auguste Piccard!

Personal website: cshentontaylor.com• MPhys (Hons), University of Warwick, 2000-2004• PhD, University of Warwick, 2004 -2007• MoD, 2007-2017• Academic Visitor, Imperial College London, 2010-2011• Lecturer, University of Surrey, 2017 on

Research interests

  • Identification and exploration of innovation materials for radiological and nuclear detection (i.e. quantum dots, smart materials)
  • Innovative deployment platforms for radiation detectors (i.e energy harvesting, autonomous search)

Research collaborations

Caroline has collaborated and exchanged scientific ideas with a wide range of organisations including:

  • US Government Defence Departments
  • US National Laboratories
  • University of Illinois
  • AWE
  • BAE
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University College London
  • St Mary's University
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • UK Home Office
  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • and a number of other industrial partners


Research interests

My teaching

My publications