People

We have a multidisciplinary team made up of established researchers who are all leaders in their field, with a track-record of innovation and problem solving in the nuclear area and early career researchers who have relevant nuclear-related expertise.


Geoff Randall
Geoff Randall

Sellafield Ltd and University of Leeds

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Geoff Randall

Sellafield Ltd and University of Leeds

Geoff Randall is a Senior Scientist at Sellafield Ltd and a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds. He leads Sellafield Ltd engagement with academic research across a broad university community. He was technical manager for the commissioning of the THORP receipt and storage facility. Geoff established the first academic partnership between a Sellafield Ltd Centre of Expertise and the University of Leeds.

Geoff Randall
Joanna Renshaw
Joanna Renshaw

University of Strathclyde

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Joanna Renshaw

University of Strathclyde

Dr Joanna Renshaw (PI, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde) is a radiochemist and geomicrobiologist, with ~20 years’ research experience. She joined the University of Strathclyde as a Senior Lecturer in 2014. Her research focus is microbial transformations of radionuclides, radionuclide biogeochemistry and developing novel bioremediation technologies for radioactively contaminated wastes & sites; she is one of only a few people in the UK with experience and expertise in both microbiology and the chemistry of transuranic and fission product elements. Her work is highly multidisciplinary, linking microbiology, analytical & radio-chemistry, (hydro)geology and environmental engineering, and she has published ~30 journal articles. She is one of only five academics advising the EPSRC ‘Nuclear Champion’ (Grimes, Imperial) on developing nuclear research across the UK academic community and acts as an advisor to the Welsh Government on their Nuclear Task and Finish Group. In addition, she was one of three invited academics representing UK Nuclear Research community to the RCUK Energy Programme Scientific Advisory Committee. She is an external academic advisor for the Next Generation Nuclear CDT and has also acted as an expert advisor to the UK Radioactive Waste Management Directorate. Dr Renshaw was the lead for one of two themes in the multi-partner EPSRC research project ‘Biogeochemical Applications in Nuclear Decommissioning and Disposal’ (BANDD) EP/G063699/1 (£1.9M; PI Lunn). She is currently the PI for the project “Development of Novel Treatments for Carbon-based radioactive wastes” (EPSRC EP/R001138/1) Co-I and Impact lead for EPSRC consortium project TRANSCEND, and PI for the (£200k) Little Forest Legacy Site Immobilization Project, funded by the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organization (ANSTO)

Joanna Renshaw
Ross Springell
Ross Springell

University of Bristol

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Ross Springell

University of Bristol

Area of expertise:

Actinide physics, nuclear materials and thin film deposition

Publications:

>45 publications

Achievements:

Leads a small research team of about 8 students and PDRAs within the Interface Analysis Centre at the University of Bristol, supported by the South West Nuclear Hub. Ongoing collaborations include the universities and research facilities, including Cambridge, Imperial, Bangor, OU, Manchester, the Institute of Physics ASCR (Prague), ITU (Institute for transuranic elements), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility).

We also have active collaborations with a range of industry partners and research institutes including the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), AWE, CEA, Sellafield Ltd, JAEA, KURRI, Idaho National Laboratory.

Previously a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellow. Currently, >£1M funding in the nuclear materials area, across EPSRC, JAEA, NNL (also BEIS), INL, AWE (MoD)

Ross Springell
Phoebe Allan
Phoebe Allan

University of Birmingham

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Phoebe Allan

University of Birmingham

Area of expertise:

X-ray and neutron characterisation of porous materials for use as ion-exchangers

Publications:

> 20

Phoebe Allan
Joe Hriljac
Joe Hriljac

University of Birmingham and Diamond Light Source Ltd

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Joe Hriljac

University of Birmingham and Diamond Light Source Ltd

Area of expertise: Inorganic ion exchange materials, effluent treatment, wasteforms, synchrotron science

Publications: > 120 Achievements: Extensive collaboration network nationally and internationally including Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Sheffield, and Warwick in the UK, Stony Brook (US) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). Closely works on several projects with Sellafield Ltd and the National Nuclear Laboratory around novel materials and processes for radionuclide removal from effluent. >£2.5M funding from EPSRC, NERC, NDA and >£1M worth of synchrotron X-ray and neutron beamtime (Diamond Light Source Ltd, ISIS, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source, ESRF, Daresbury, ILL). Since March 2019 jointly employed as Science Group Leader for Crystallography at Diamond and in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

Joe Hriljac
ShiKuan Sun
ShiKuan Sun

University of Sheffield

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ShiKuan Sun

University of Sheffield

Area of expertise:
Ceramic wasteform, radiation damage.

Publications:
40 publications.

Achievements:
Development of novel processing route and design of the advanced ceramic wasteforms for plutonium disposition.
Wide range of collaborations with university and industry within the UK and worldwide, including: NNL, Birmingham, China General Nuclear Power Group, Nuclear Powder Institute of China, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Guangdong University of Technology and Hokkaido University.

ShiKuan Sun
Hong Wong
Hong Wong

Imperial College London

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Hong Wong

Imperial College London

Area of expertise:
Microstructure, mass transport properties and long-term durability of cementitious materials.

Publications:
50

Achievements:
Collaborations with University colleagues from Coventry, EPFL, Glasgow, Hokkaido, IFFSTAR, Lund, Oulu, Sheffield, Tohoku and Zhejiang. Industrial collaborators include BAM Nuttall, HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim, NIES, NIREX, PARI and Taiheyo. Chair of Scientific Committee and Steering Committee member of Nanocem, Executive Committee member of the Applied Petrography Group and member of RILEM TC 262-SCI.

Hong Wong
Samuel Murphy
Samuel Murphy

Lancaster University

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Samuel Murphy

Lancaster University

Area of expertise:
Atomistic simulation of nuclear materials

Publications:
40 publications

Selected publications:

“Influence of vibrational entropy on the concentrations of oxygen interstitial clusters and uranium vacancies in nonstoichiometric”, A. Soulié, F. Bruneval, M. C. Marinica, S. T. Murphy and J. P. Crocombette, Physical Review Materials 2, (2018) 083607.

“The defect chemistry of UO2±x from atomistic simulations”, M. W. D. Cooper, S. T. Murphy and D. A. Andersson, Journal of Nuclear Materials 504 (2018) 251-260.

“Simulating electronically driven structural changes in silicon with two-temperature molecular dynamics”, R. Darkins, P. W. Ma, S. T. Murphy and D. M. Duffy, Physical Review B 98 (2018) 024304.

“The effect of Nb on the corrosion and hydrogen pick-up of Zr alloys”, B. D. C. Bell, S. T. Murphy, R. W. Grimes and M. R. Wenman, Acta Materialia 132 (2017) 425-431.

“Opportunities for advanced ceramics and composites in the nuclear sector” W. E. Lee, M. Gilbert, S. T. Murphy, R. W. Grimes, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 96 (2013) 2005-2030.

Achievements:
Diverse range of collaborators with including Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Stanford Linear Accelerator National Laboratory, CEA Saclay, STFC Daresbury, and Tokamak Energy.

Samuel Murphy
Tim Hunter
Tim Hunter

University of Leeds

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Tim Hunter

University of Leeds

Area of expertise:
Ultrasonics; particle stabilised foams and emulsions; surfactant & polymer sol. structure and adsorption; suspension rheology & settling; flocculation & stability control; ion-exchange for effluents.

Publications:
Have +47 refereed journal and conference publications and >1050 citations
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=uczAN4EAAAAJ&hl=en

Achievements:
• Currently P-I or Co-I on ~£3 Million in active research funding from Innovate UK, EU Horizon 2020, EPSRC, BBSRC and direct industrial support.
• Winner (with Sellafield Ltd) of the IChemE Core Chem. Eng. award in 2012.
• Finalist (with Sellafield Ltd) of the IChemE Research Award in 2017
• Sellafield Ltds. ‘Sludge Centre of Expertise’ representative to interface between academia and the Sellafield operational/technical teams (from 2011).
• Co-organiser for RSC Particles@Interfaces Conference, Leeds, Sep 7 – 9, 2016.
• On Science Advisory Network (SAN) for Plant Impact Ltd. (from 2016).
• External Reviewer for Nuclear Engineering BEng/BTech Course, Lancaster University, 2016.
• Academic peer reviewer for BBSRC and panellist for EPSRC-NRF bridging grants (2018)
• Invited contributions for journal Special Issues on Nuclear Materials (DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11071235) and Particles at interfaces (DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00301)
• Expert industrial consultant on multiphase engineering problems with various companies.
• Help directs running of school as elected member of the School Executive Management Board.
• Lectures internationally at Xiamen University, China as part of the Summer Energy School.
• Active international university collaborations with the University of Melbourne, University of Newcastle, Australia, Xiamen University and China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB) China.

Tim Hunter
Claire Corkhill
Claire Corkhill

University of Sheffield

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Claire Corkhill

University of Sheffield

Area of expertise:
Corrosion of nuclear waste materials

Publications:
Full list available at Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7488-3219

Selected recent publications:
• Mann C., Ferrand K., Liu S., Eskelsen J. R., Pierce E., Lemmens K. and Corkhill C. L. Influence of Young Cement Water on the corrosion of the International Simple Glass. Nature Materials Degradation, 3, 5 (2019)
• Kim M., Corkhill C. L. Hyatt N. C. and Heo J. Development, characterisation and dissolution behaviour of calcium-aluminoborosilicate glass wasteforms to immobilise rare earth oxides. Scientific Reports, 8, 5320 (2018)
• Heath P. G., Corkhill C. L., Stennett M. C., Hand R. J., Whales K and Hyatt N. C. Immobilisation of Prototype Fast Reactor raffinate in a barium borosilicate glass matrix. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 508, 203 (2018)
• Chong S., Peterson J. A., Riley B. J., Tabada D., Wall D., Corkhill C. L., McCloy J. S. Glass-bonded iodosodalite waste form for immobilisation of 129I. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 504, 109 (2018)
• Corkhill C. L., Crean D. E., Bailey D. J., Makepeace C., Stennett M. C., Tappero R., Grolimund D. and Hyatt N. C. Multi-scale investigation of uranium attenuation by arsenic at an abandoned mine, South Terras. Nature Materials Degradation, 1, 19 (2017)
• Corkhill C. L., Bailey D. J., Tocino F. Y., Stennett M. C., Miller J. A., Provis J. L., Travis K. P. and Hyatt N. C. Role of microstructure and surface defects on the dissolution kinetics of CeO2, a UO2 fuel analogue. Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, 10562 (2016)

Achievements:

  • EPSRC Early Career Research Fellowship (£1.5M): Critical analysis of spent fuel microstructure in the release of radionuclides (2016-2021)
  • PI of grants worth >£3M, sourced from UKRI, EU H2020, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Radioactive Waste Management Limited, National Nuclear Laboratory, Sellafield Ltd. and the US Department of Energy.
  • Research team of 5 PDRAs and 9 PhD students.
  • Recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Bill Newton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Radiochemistry, 2018
  • Recipient of the Geological Society William Smith Fund for Excellence in Applied Geoscience, 2014
  • Member of the Swiss Light Source Panel Review Committee
  • Associate Editor for the Nature Research journal npj Materials Degradation
  • Associate Editor for the Mineralogical Magazine Journal
  • Expert consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency and Radioactive Waste Management Limited

Claire Corkhill
David Read
David Read

University of Surrey & National Physical Laboratory

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David Read

University of Surrey & National Physical Laboratory

Area of Expertise:
Radiochemistry, uranium series systematics, analysis of radioisotopes, radioactive waste management.

Publications:
>600 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and published scientific reports.

Achievements:
£25M research funding from EC, HMIP, EA, EPSRC, NERC, MoD, NDA, STUK, Posiva, SKB, Imerys, BP, Conoco–Phillips, Rolls-Royce & Mitsubishi. Wide range of collaborations with universities and research institutes in EU and worldwide including Helmholtz (Jülich, Karlsruhe, Rossendorf), Chalmers, KTH , Helsinki, Risø, ANSTO, Poitiers, École des Mines, UPC.

Coordinated regulatory review of Nirex proposals for radioactive waste disposal beneath Sellafield, leading up to the Public Inquiry. Member of international review panels for planned repository at Olkiluoto (Finland) and remediation of former uranium mining sites in eastern Germany. Expert missions for IAEA and NEA to Ukraine (Chernobyl), Japan (Tokai), Bulgaria and Portugal. Board level experience in both the private and Public sectors, including three start-ups. New technology for soil remediation awarded patent and prize for innovation.

David Read
Fred Currell
Fred Currell

The University of Manchester

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Fred Currell

The University of Manchester

Area of Expertise:
Radiation processes (modelling and experiment), radiation chemistry particularly in heterogenous systems (modelling and experiment).

Publications:
~125 publications

Achievements:
Director, Dalton Cumbrian Facility
Editor-in-Chief: Cancer Nanotechnology
Editorial board member: Springer-Nature Scientific Reports
Conference chair: Miller Radiation Chemistry Conference 2019

Led development of the current paradigm for radiation transport across nanoparticle interfaces [Nature Scientific Reports, 1, 18; DOI:10.1038/srep00018 (2011)]

Showed new class of radiation chemical processes at work at nanoparticle interfaces [Small Volume: 10:16, 3338-3346; DOI: 10.1002/smll.201400110]

Fred Currell
Becky Lunn
Becky Lunn

University of Strathclyde

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Becky Lunn

University of Strathclyde

Achievements
Prof Becky Lunn (MBE, FREng, FRSE, FICE) is the Royal Academy of Engineering and BAM Nuttall Research Chair in Biomineral Technologies for Ground Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She is civil engineer specialising in containment and monitoring technologies for subsurface contamination, storage and disposal. She is internationally recognised for her highly multi-disciplinary approach, deploying techniques from across the fields of geology, microbiology, geophysics and engineering. Recent research has included: the development of new microseismic monitoring methods to image fracture flow at depth; the development of colloidal silica-based hydraulic barriers for radionuclide containment; and the application of microbially-mediated mineral precipitation for fracture sealing and ground improvement. She has held over £7M of research grants as Principal Investigator funded by EPSRC, NERC, the Royal Academy of Engineering and a wide range of industrial partners. She is an experienced Government Advisor, including a six-year membership of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. She is the current Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Energy Enquiry: ‘Scotland’s Energy Future’ and is a member of EPSRC’s Science Advisory Team for Engineering. She was awarded the Geological Society’s  Aberconway Medal in 2011 for her research with the nuclear industry. In 2015, the Saltire Society named her one of ten ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’, for her research contribution and her support of women in STEM.

Becky Lunn
Luc Vandeperre
Luc Vandeperre

Imperial College London

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Luc Vandeperre

Imperial College London

Area of expertise:
Novel cements, materials for (selective) ion sorption and advanced ceramics

Publications:
>150

Achievements:
Focussed on ceramic research, notable contributions are in shaping and fracture: electrophoretic deposition, natural gel formers for gel casting of ceramics, inks for robocasting, a substantial contribution to thermal shock and the interpretation of indentation tests, and the mechanical behaviour of ultra-high temperature ceramics. He acted as academic expert for review of industry practice in design and verification of ceramic components on behalf of the European Space Agency, and has raised over £4M in grant income.  In the nuclear area, he developed cements and geopolymers for nuclear waste treatment and encapsulation, layered double hydroxides for chloride and carbon removal from liquid waste streams, and nanoparticles for U assay and removal.

Luc Vandeperre
Tom Scott
Tom Scott

University of Bristol

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Tom Scott

University of Bristol

Area of expertise:
Nuclear Materials, Uranium and reactive metals, Extreme Environment Sensors

Publications:
>150

Achievements:
Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Detection and Performance of the Actinides, and Director of South West Nuclear Hub. Scott has published >150 peer reviewed papers. He is member of the Government’s Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board and member of the Culham Programme Advisory Committee for the UK Fusion programme. He has a research portfolio funded by the AWE, Sellafield and EDF Energy, with complementary funding from EPSRC, STFC, NERC, the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. He has extensive research experience in working on nuclear waste materials, working as academic link with the Sellafield Centre of Expertise in Uranium and Reactive Metals (URM) and also with Japan with Kyoto University and its Research Reactor Institute (KURRI), as well as JAEA, on fuel debris particle fallout and corium analysis.

Tom Scott
Marco Sacchi
Marco Sacchi

University of Surrey

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Marco Sacchi

University of Surrey

Area of expertise:
Computational Material Science and Surface Chemistry

Publications:
>30

Achievements:
In 2014 I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. I have numerous collaborators within Groups in the UK, EU and US, including: Cambridge, Reading, Liverpool, Manchester, Gratz (Austria), Aarhus (Denmark), ILL Grenoble (France), Rutgers (US), Argonne National Laboratory (US). As a Royal Society Policy Associate I worked within the International Research and Innovation Strategy Team, in BEIS, developing the government International Research & Innovation Strategy (IRIS).


Marco Sacchi
Laura Leay
Laura Leay

The University of Manchester

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Laura Leay

The University of Manchester

Area of expertise:
Waste immobilisation, radiation effects, atomistic simulation

Publications:
At least 8

Achievements:
Collaborations with several colleagues including: Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Liverpool, queen Mary University of London, University of Kent.

Similar collaborations with: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, National Nuclear Laboratory, Sellafield Limited.

Active member of IAEA Ion Beam Irradiation for High-Level Nuclear Wasteform Development (INWARD) Coordinated Research Project.

Academic lead for the DCF Environment community and Treasurer of the Miller Trust for Radiation Chemistry.


Laura Leay
Nik Kaltsoyannis
Nik Kaltsoyannis

The University of Manchester

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Nik Kaltsoyannis

The University of Manchester

Area of expertise:
Computational chemistry of heavy elements, especially the actinides

Publications:
160 primary articles, 4 invited reviews, 1 textbook, 5 book chapters, 3 journal volumes edited

Achievements:
Research focuses on the use of ab initio and density functional quantum chemistry to study the electronic structure and reactivity of molecules and solids from all areas of the periodic table, with emphasis on the f block. Recent highlights include pioneering the use of the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules to probe the nature of the f element–ligand bond, and extensive studies of the surface chemistry of the actinide dioxides.
http://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/kaltsoyannisgroup/


Nik Kaltsoyannis
Mike Fairweather
Mike Fairweather

University of Leeds

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Mike Fairweather

University of Leeds

Area of expertise:
Turbulence modelling and simulation, turbulent reacting flows, turbulent multi-phase flows, numerical solution methods, RANS, LES and DNS CFD approaches.

Publications:
Peer-reviewed: book chapters (2), journals (134), symposia (201) 

Achievements:
Wide range of collaborations with University colleagues within the UK, EU and worldwide, including: Chalmers University, Dalian University, Imperial College London, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University College London, Xiamen University, and Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Uppsala.

Collaborations with industry, regulatory bodies and national research centres including: BGR, CanmetENERGY, CEA, Gexcon, Health & Safety Laboratory, ICHTJ, Ineris, MMI Engineering, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, National Nuclear Laboratory, Ocas, Paul Scherrer Institute and Sellafield Ltd. PI of Sellafield Ltd-University of Leeds Sludge Centre of Expertise.

£12.9M funding from: BNFL, EC, EPSRC, FCO, Innovate UK, MoD, National Grid, NDA, NNL, Nuclear AMRC, RAEng, Sellafield Ltd. IChemE Frank Lees Medal (2010).


Mike Fairweather
Andy Cundy
Andy Cundy

University of Southampton

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Andy Cundy

University of Southampton

Area of expertise:
Applied and Environmental Geochemistry and Radiochemistry, Land and Wastes Remediation

Publications:
>115 publications

Achievements:
Professor of Environmental Radioactivity, and Research Director of GAU-Radioanalytical Laboratories, University of Southampton. Over 25 years research and consultancy experience. > £3.6 million research income from various government, RCUK, EU and industry sources. Director of Internationalisation in Ocean and Earth Science at Southampton, and member of the Geohazards committee of the UNESCO/IUGS International Geoscience Programme, focused on international geoscience capacity building.

Andy Cundy
Colin Boxall
Colin Boxall

Lancaster University

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Colin Boxall

Lancaster University

Area of expertise:
Actinide chemistry, electrochemistry & corrosion, kinetic modelling

Publications:
More than 160 publications, including over 60 reports for the nuclear industry.

Achievements:
Professor Boxall holds the distinguished Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Chair in Nuclear Engineering and is Director of the LRF International Joint Research Centre for the Safety of Nuclear Energy.

He is an electrochemist by training, and his research is focused on the actinides and their compounds. He is particularly interested in their materials and physical chemical properties and how these influence their behaviour throughout the fuel cycle – most especially, the storage, reprocessing and disposal of spent fuels and nuclear materials, areas of relevance to the Spent Fuel and Nuclear Materials themes of TRANSCEND.

He has presented to the Westminster Energy Forum on Nuclear Power (resulting in a mention in the House of Lords), and has given oral evidence to Parliament on the future of the Nuclear Industry. He leads a group of 4 PDRAs and 12 PhD students supported by current grants of more than £3.25M and has written more than 160 publications, including over 60 reports for the nuclear industry.

Colin Boxall