MicroNOVA - A novel compact particle generator for medical applications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol


The Micro-NOVA project will construct and validate a compact neutron source that will enable cheap, safe and reliable production of high-energy neutrons at a high flux.
As part of this project, the Micro-NOVA system will be developed and validated for producing sufficient neutrons to viably make medical radioisotopes for the NHS and enable testing of breeder blanket materials for making tritium fuel in future fusion power stations.

The success of the project will be followed by commercialisation of the Micro-NOVA for medical and energy research applications. Our vision is to have a Micro-NOVA system producing valuable radioisotopes for medical treatments in all of the 240 NHS hospitals using this treatment technology. Beyond this domestic ambition, we would aim to export this technology to healthcare systems across the globe.


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Description Impact acceleration funding
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID TRITON 
Organisation University of Bristol 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2022 
End 01/2023
Description Professorial Research Fellowships Scheme
Amount £625,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 02/2026
Description William Penney Fellowship
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2022 
End 05/2025