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Professor Bruno Merk gained his engineering diploma from Technical University Munich and his PhD degree from University of Karlsruhe in Germany. He is NNL’s Research Chair in Computational Modelling for Nuclear Engineering (RAEng) at Liverpool University's School of Engineering. Bruno has held this position since 2015.  Prior to that he worked for the Institute of Resource Ecology at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, where he was PI of the Helmholtz Association in the research program for nuclear waste management, safety and radiation research. His chair is jointly supported by National Nuclear Laboratory and the Royal Academy of Engineering to provide collaborative research between the organisations. Bruno is also a member of the academic editorial board of PLOS ONE.

Key Areas of Expertise

Bruno has scientific research interests which include: modern calculation methods for the simulation of the reactor physics and the reactor safety behaviour of current and future nuclear reactors; advanced computational modelling for fuel management in existing light water reactors; innovative methods for coupled reactor physics; safety considerations for innovative reactor concepts and transmutation of transuranium elements as an alternative to direct final disposal of nuclear waste with a special focus on the burning of plutonium. Bruno also has experience in management of science, development of research strategies and innovation management.

Key Achievements

He was responsible for the development and the successful defence of the topic waste management and reactor safety in the last programme oriented research proposal in 2015. He was scientific advisor during the development of the position of the National Academy of Science and Engineering of Germany on the topic nuclear waste management. He has been the German alternative at the Technical working group of fast reactors at the International Atomic Energy Agency discussing and developing the IAEA program on fast reactor related topics. Bruno is also an invited member for the “International Nuclear University Collaboration on Research and Innovation” of the IAEA.