Dilwar Hussain

Favourite Thing: Doing experiments with metals and finding out new things



Haberdasher’s Askes’ Hatcham College, Queen Mary University of London, University College London


Masters in Physics, Working towards a PhD in Nuclear energy

Work History:

Qatar Gas, South Wales

Current Job:

PhD Nuclear Science Student


The University of Sheffield

Me and my work

I look at ways to increase the safety of nuclear reactors

Nuclear reactors create huge amounts of energy which is used to produce electricity to boil your kettle, watch TV or charge your mobile. Lots of water is used to keep the nuclear reactors cool, and if there’s no water available then the fuel and the special rods that keep the fuel inside will melt and can set off an explosion with dangerous chemicals and radiation floating in the air and in water. My research looks at making a very thin film which can be stuck onto the outside of fuel rods to protect the rods and the uranium fuel from melting if there is a loss of water and will help prevent a possible explosion.

My Typical Day

The work I do is challenging yet a rewarding one which requires hard work and commitment

Every day is a different day for me which makes my work all the more enjoyable and rewarding. My day involves a mix of reading books and online journals to see what other people have already done which will help me with my work. I also do lots of experiments (which is the fun part) where I use big and expensive machines to look at what materials are made of and what it tells  us about its strength. As part of my project, I attend large conferences to talk about my work and where it can lead to.

What I'd do with the money

I’d use the money to attend conferences around nuclear energy

Doing outreach events are areas I really like about my PhD. I get to do demonstrations to show people how we as nuclear scientists deal with the waste produced from nuclear reactors. The money will help me to make more demonstrations.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

friendly, helpful, driven

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Chris Brown

What's your favourite food?

Extra extra hot chicken Jalfrezi

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Completely renovating my house

What did you want to be after you left school?

A pilot

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, for asking too many questions

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Doing outreach events to teach people about nuclear energy

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My Physics teacher (who in disguise was a marine biologist!)

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Probably an accountant

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. To be Prime Minister for a week 2. To travel the world 3.

Tell us a joke.

What did one physicist say when he wanted to fight another physicist? – Let me atom!

Other stuff

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