John Cooper

John Cooper


Personal profile

Research interests

1st year PhD student studying topological optimization of W-Cu composites for use in future fusion reactors. My current research focus is on in situ mechanical testing and additive manufacturing of tungsten and copper. I hope to develop intricate composite structures that maintain strength at high temperatures without sacrificing thermal conductivity. I’m always interested to learn about other research in the fusion field so please feel free to send me a message!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, B.A. Physics, University of Virginia

12 Sept 201721 May 2021

Award Date: 21 May 2021


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Composites
  • Neutron
  • Irradiation
  • Damage
  • Plasma Facing
  • Heat Exchanger
  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
  • Tungsten
  • Copper
  • Composites
  • MMC
  • Topological Design
  • Topology


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