Dr Parry was awarded a Bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Liverpool and then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr Alison Pawley. The PhD research used synchrotron radiation techniques and high-pressure-temperature experiments to establish the phase diagram of hydrous minerals, and their equation of state, to understand their contribution to water transport in the Earth's mantle.
Data for the thesis was collected using at the Synchrotron Radiation Source, Advanced Light Source, and the Advacned Photon Source. Postdoctoral work was carried out at the Centre for Radiochemistry Research, at University of Manchester, where the project involved using plutonium in a quasi-real system to study plutonium solubility in spend nuclear fuel storage ponds. At the Advanced Photon Source further synchrotron techniques, especially XRF and XAS, were applied to study the distribution and speciation of plutonium in encapsulated nuclear waste.
Stephen then joined UKAEA based at Harwell as a consultant where he provided technical input and expert analysis to nuclear new build and decommissioning projects. He also worked with regulatory bodies drawing up legislature. Following UKAEA, Dr Parry returned to research joining Diamond Light Source and the B18 Core XAS beamline. He now runs experiments at the beamline and oversees use of the chemistry and sample characterisation laboratory; Stephen partners the running of the radiochemistry laboratory at Diamond, which supports visiting Users investigating nuclear materials. Research interests lie in the area of nuclear materials and their evolution in both the environment and within a variety of contexts within nuclear sites.