NDB Europe is a leading technology company that develops nuclear-powered energy devices such as alpha and betavoltaics. What is particularly unique about NDB is the fact that unlike other companies that develop low power batteries. NDB develops nuclear-powered batteries for high power applications such as smartphones and electric vehicles by using diamond, a wide bandgap semiconductor.
NDB works with and is supported by a wide range of notable partners such as UCL, EDF Energy Cisco, Barclays, Google, IBM, Cambridge University, NNL, BNL, Los Alamos and other notable organisations.
Currently, NDB is exploring its potential not only in power solutions but also in quantum computation and nuclear waste recycling solutions. As such, NDB is currently accepting interns in the field of nuclear sciences.
The Scope of Works:
Radioisotope blend development: NDB is a nuclear voltaic and is therefore powered by alpha or beta rays. What we would like to do is develop an original blend that takes into account the activity, decay energy, and equilibrium type. So instead of having an exponential decay that reduces the output of the device over time. The device would be able to have a more level output profile by carefully selecting the right radioisotopes (both parent and daughter isotopes.
Radiation Damage modelling of radiation and diamond: Diamond is known to be extremely resilient to radiation, unlike other semiconductors due to its extremely hard bonds. There have however been reports of minor damage caused by alpha rays and the interest is in modelling the extent of the damage it causes. Identifying the failure time (if any) of the diamond itself.
Interaction modelling of radiation and diamond: Similar to the above but modelling the charge generation by the radiation within the diamond. Most of the charge generation occurs at its terminal depth. It is generally agreed upon that this is due to the increased interaction time as it slows down. What we would like to do is identify the depth at which this occurs and the charge generation profile so we could optimise the thickness of the diamond layer so it is close as possible to the charge collector to reduce the loss of charge carrier to recombination.
DFT of graphene bilayer: recent Nature publications on Fluorinated graphene bilayer that adds to the strength of the layers and superconductivity. The modelling of this could be used in naturally cold environments such as space tech as interconnects.
- Minimum Bachelor Degree in Nuclear Physics
- Modelling Skills
- Team work
- Time management
- B2 or higher English level