Professor Thomas Scott

Director of the Southwest Nuclear Hub, University of Bristol


Professor Thomas Scott is Director of the Southwest Nuclear Hub, the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre (NRC) and the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) at the University of Bristol. He holds a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering professorial research fellowship part funded by the AWE and for the past 6 years has worked closely with the NNL and Sellafield Ltd as the academic lead for their Centre of Expertise for Uranium and Reactive Metals. In 2017 he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee assisting with the inquiry and arising report on civil nuclear technologies (Nuclear research and technology: Breaking the cycle of indecision).

His research is related to nuclear materials and the development and use of instruments to analyse and/or detect them for ensuring safety in the context of nuclear waste storage and disposal, reactor plant life extension, nuclear decommissioning, mining and surveying and nuclear accident response. He is an international expert in uranium corrosion and uranium hydride behaviour in nuclear waste storage and disposal environments with over 160 publications in leading international peer reviewed journals. Most recently he has become involved as a Co-Director for both EPSRC research hubs on Nuclear Robotics, using his experience of device development and deployment on nuclear sites to drive significant positive changes for the UK nuclear industries through the accelerate adoption of robotics and AI technologies.