Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics, University of the Western Cape

Prof Orce obtained his 5+1 year bachelors degree in Fundamental Physics at the University of Granada (Spain) and a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics at the University of Brighton (UK) in 2003. After eight years of basic research on Nuclear Physics at the University of Kentucky and the Canadian National Laboratory for Nuclear and Particle Physics (TRIUMF), he joined the UWC Physics Department in 2011.
Nico Orce is the discoverer (J.N. Orce et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 062504 (2006)) and co-discoverer of new types of nuclear excitations (P.E. Garrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 062501 (2009)); and once at UWC, he has co-authored a high-precision test of the Standard Model of Particle Physics (S. Triambak et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 042301 (2012)).
Nico's research includes the study of clustering structures in nuclei to elucidate the origin of life, the abundance of elements in the Universe, existence of collective nuclear excitations and development of new nuclear models. His research is based at different laboratories around the world, including iThemba LABS, University of Kentucky, TRIUMF and CERN.
One of his favourite quotes for UWC students is: “A Spartan chorus of warriors called out to the young men: Grow up to be yet braver than we!”

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics, University of the Western Cape

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Role:
    Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation