Winners announced for 5 Days of Dalton image competition

The winners of Dalton Nuclear Institute's 5 Days of Dalton image competition, which aims to find creative ways of depicting nuclear research, have been announced.

Participants were asked to submit images representing one or more of the uniquely broad research themes covered by Manchester's nuclear researchers: decommissioning, environment and waste, recycling, fuels and fuel cladding, fusion, reactors, nuclear and society.

Dalton Nuclear Institute brings together a community of over 170 PhD researchers, postdocs and fellows, and 120 academics working on nuclear-related research across the University – spread across three faculties. Their work covers the full nuclear fuel cycle, fusion and social research, and forms the most advanced nuclear research capability in the UK.

The 5 Days of Dalton competition showcases interesting and creative ways to share this work. It is run by the Dalton Champions – members of Manchester's nuclear research community, representing the many departments in which nuclear-related research takes place.

We were so pleased with the fabulous submissions to the 5 Days of Dalton competition. They were all of a very high standard and we had a really tough time choosing the winners.
Dr Aneeqa Khan, Lead for the Dalton Champions team

The winners are:


Holly Perrett, PhD researcher, Nuclear Physics












^An electron multiplier inside a vacuum chamber. This will be used to count atoms of 85Kr atmosphere samples.

Environment and Waste (joint winners)

Julius Wessolek, PhD researcher, Physics












^@CRIS_LaserSpec is a laser spectroscopy technique developed at CERN for studying nuclei, and is being adapted in Manchester for measuring trace radioactive isotopes in soil, water and air.

Franky Barton, PhD researcher, Earth and Environmental Sciences




















^Using the synchrotron to investigate uranium speciation in ground and pipe scale contamination studies.


Alex Jackson, PhD researcher, Next Generation Nuclear CDT














^Three Neodymium Mountains in a Box. This is an image of the UV-visible light absorbance spectrum of Neodymium over time as it becomes extracted by an organic ligand called TODGA in a Rotating Diffusion Cell.

Fuels and fuel cladding 

Amina Ahmed, PhD researcher in Fuels, Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering












^Arc Melting Nuclear Fuel


James Mansfield, PhD researcher, Next Generation Nuclear CDT












^Isn't it amazing to think that all of this is ultimately powered by fusion in the sun!?


Anastasia Vasileiou, Dalton Research Fellow in Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing
















^Electron beam welding, a promising technique for the manufacture of nuclear pressure vessels.

Nuclear and Society

Laura Leay: Science writer and podcaster (formerly Nuclear Engineering Innovation Fellow, Dalton Cumbrian Facility)












^Talking about nuclear waste with the Technically Speaking podcast

All submissions were shared on social media and the winning images received a voucher prize. They will be displayed in the new Dalton office.

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