Kay is working on studying irradiation damage on iron-based alloys which are used as the structural components of future nuclear fusion reactors. She is combining experimental techniques and computer simulations to understand the relationship between microscopic damage mechanisms and macroscopic material property changes. She has a Bachelors Degree with Honours from the Australian National University. Her previous work focused on the influence of helium plasma exposure on tungsten for use in the ITER divertor.
- Fusion materials
- Damage characterisation in irradiated materials
- Electron and X-ray based experimental techniques
- Mechanical properties of materials
- Plasma-materials interaction