Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Honorary Lecturer





LM04Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Nicholls, RJ and Ni, N and Lozano-Perez, S and London, A and McComb, DW and Nellist, PD and Grovenor, CRM and Pickard, CJ and Yates, JR},
doi = {10.1002/adem.201400133},
journal = {Advanced Engineering Materials},
pages = {211--215},
title = {Crystal Structure of the ZrO Phase at Zirconium/Zirconium Oxide Interfaces},
url = {},
volume = {17},
year = {2014}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Zirconium-based alloys are used in water-cooled nuclear reactors for both nuclear fuel cladding and structural components. Under this harsh environment, the main factor limiting the service life of zirconium cladding, and hence fuel burn-up efficiency, is water corrosion. This oxidation process has recently been linked to the presence of a sub-oxide phase with well-defined composition but unknown structure at the metal–oxide interface. In this paper, the combination of first-principles materials modeling and high-resolution electron microscopy is used to identify the structure of this sub-oxide phase, bringing us a step closer to developing strategies to mitigate aqueous oxidation in Zr alloys and prolong the operational lifetime of commercial fuel cladding alloys.
AU - Nicholls,RJ
AU - Ni,N
AU - Lozano-Perez,S
AU - London,A
AU - McComb,DW
AU - Nellist,PD
AU - Grovenor,CRM
AU - Pickard,CJ
AU - Yates,JR
DO - 10.1002/adem.201400133
EP - 215
PY - 2014///
SN - 1527-2648
SP - 211
TI - Crystal Structure of the ZrO Phase at Zirconium/Zirconium Oxide Interfaces
T2 - Advanced Engineering Materials
UR -
UR -
VL - 17
ER -