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Mr Daniel Scobbie

Postgraduate Student

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Postgraduate Student in the Department of PhysicsPH121 
Member of the Centre for Materials Physics  


I graduated from Durham University in 2022 with an integrated masters in physics. Following this I joined the superconductivity group in Durham to undertake a PhD, as part of which I am also a member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy ( Home - Fusion CDT ( ), following the materials strand. 

Current Activities

My current activity is focused on the training provided by the Fusion CDT, which provides a broad introduction to the Fusion energy sector, providing context to the research I will undertake. Courses are delivered by 5 UK universities (York, Oxford, Manchester, Durham and Liverpool) with input from leading academics in the field and industry experts, and include Fusion focused studies of plasma physics, materials science, radiation damage and plasma wall interactions. 

Research Interests

My research will focus on the measurement and understanding of the properties of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials under strain, including the critical current density (Jc). At Durham there are facilities to perform these measurements in high magnetic fields, up to 15 T. The aim of this research is to better understand how HTS materials could be developed with high enough Jc and upper critical field (Bc2) to be used in the magnets of future fusion tokamaks (eg STEP:, in place of the low temperature superconductors (LTS) used in ITER.