Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories (DISTINCTIVE)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Chemical and Process Engineering

Abstract

The UK Government, through its most recent Energy White Paper, remains committed to Nuclear Power as an important part of the energy generation capacity over the next 30 - 50 years, and possibly beyond. The recently published 'Nuclear Industrial Strategy' (2013) describes clearly the Governments aspirations for both 'New Build' power stations and the life extension of the existing fleet within this timeline. A central component of public acceptance for this new build programme remains the need to demonstrate our ability to safely manage and dispose of high- and intermediate-level wastes from the legacy nuclear operations. This clearly links to on-going studies of public attitudes to nuclear power which repeatedly show that acceptance of this technology is directly linked to having viable routes for the safe clean-up and disposal of any wastes arising.

Within the 'Nuclear Industrial Strategy' clear milestones associated with the needs of "waste management & decommissioning" are provided and most of these rely upon further research and technical developments being delivered over the next 10 - 20 years. Indeed, central objectives for the strategy are "To have a joined up approach to nuclear R&D across government, industry and academia which serves to benefit the UK economy and ensures the security of supply" and "To establish the UK industry as a global leader in waste management and decommissioning ...". It is clear, therefore, that there is a substantial, current and real need for further research in the broad area of nuclear wastes supporting this strategy.

This consortium addresses the broad area of nuclear waste and decommissioning bringing together key industry partners and leading academic researchers from 11 of the UKs leading research intensive universities. The research proposed is multi-disciplinary in its scope and covers both fundamental and applied topics associated with this important industry. The consortium includes 30 separate research projects clustered into 4 major themes, viz.: Spent Fuels, Plutonium Oxide & fuel residues, Legacy ponds & silo wastes, and Structural Integrity. All members of the consortium are leading researchers in this field. They come from a diverse array of backgrounds and experience, but all with a track-record of innovation and problem solving of relevance in the nuclear field.

This consortium builds upon and consolidates the work of a previous EPSRC funded programme in the same field, known as Diamond (Decommissioning, immobilisation and management of nuclear wastes for disposal, EP/F055412/1). Importantly, this new proposal draws in researchers from a larger group of universities and increases the multi-disciplinary nature of the group. All participating research groups have a strong track-record of supporting the nuclear industry through basic and applied research as well as consultancy activities. As with our earlier consortium, a key aim here is to further extend and develop a relevant academic skill base in the UK associated with the needs of the nuclear waste management industry. importantly, we will do this by supporting cutting-edge research that has the potential to provide new and innovative pathways to better (that is safer and cheaper) management of both legacy and future nuclear wastes.

Planned Impact

There are four clear groups of beneficiaries from this consortium: UK industry, the UK public, policy makers, and academia. All groups will benefit from the research outcomes by the provision of new knowledge and technology developments that can serve to reduce the financial burden to UK taxpayers of legacy waste clean-up and disposal. Specifically:

Industry partners will benefit directly from the knowledge generated by the research as well as from the training of potential employees with higher-level skills and a direct appreciation of the challenges and needs of this complex industry.

The UK public will benefit through an increased capability within UK academia to support the challenges faced by the decommissioning and nuclear waste management industry. Further benefits will accrue from the development of new approaches and technology that can provide safer and more cost effective routes to disposal of both legacy and future nuclear waste streams reducing future financial burden on the taxpayer as well as providing for reduced potential for societal impacts through industrial accidents.

An internationally-leading UK research community in the area of nuclear wastes is a key component of the UK Government's "Nuclear Industrial Strategy" where there is an ambition "To establish the UK industry as a global leader in waste management and decommissioning ...". This will have longer-term economic and social benefits to the UK as it seeks to rebalance the economy more towards technology and manufacturing. As such, this consortium supports a key aim of the UK government and is a direct benefit to policy makers.

Academia will benefit from new scientific discoveries through dissemination in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

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Wilbraham R (2018) Raman studies of advanced gas-cooled reactor simulated spent nuclear fuels in Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology

 
Description Research was undertaken within four themes: Theme 1 AGR, Magnox and Exotic Spent Fuels; Theme 2 PuO2 and Fuel Residues; Theme 3 Legacy Ponds and Silo Wastes; and Theme 4 Structural Integrity. The project ran until 9 February 2019. All original objectives were met.

Theme 1 focused on transitioning spent AGR fuel from wet to dry storage, improving understanding of fuel drying and transitioning of legacy fuel materials (including exotics) from their current aged storage facilities, to be retrieved and repackaged for ongoing storage at Sellafield. Work was split between investigating the behaviour of fuel materials and cladding materials. For fuel materials, work focused on fuel behaviours encompassed uranium, uranium carbide and uranium dioxide. A major novelty in the programme was the use of U and UO2 thin films (poly and single crystals) to examine the fundamental behaviour of fuels in water and moist atmospheres - marking the change from submerged pond storage to raw waste (drying) storage. This included the unique use of these films in experiments at the Diamond Light Source and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and both the Dalton Cumbrian Facility and Surrey ion beam facilities. This work demonstrated that when U corrodes in air a thin hydride film forms between the metal and oxide - modifying the corrosion rate which is dependent on the underlying crystallographic orientation of the U metal. When U metal forms hydride, the newly formed hydride is initially amorphous but subsequently gains crystallinity. When exposed to near-neutral pH conditions UO2 will corrode/dissolve faster in the presence of a radiation field (akin to spent nuclear fuel). At high pH, UO2 dissolution rates under an intense gamma irradiation field are comparable to standard experiments (and negligible). UO2 dissolution driven by radiolysis is a surface mediated effect; i.e. the oxide surface plays a catalytic role or the free radicals (radiolytic products) generated are far more reactive than initially considered based on H2O2 experiments. Also, there is a significant dependence of UO2 crystallographic orientation on aqueous dissolution rates, and it is possible to use UO2 films to reproduce reactor irradiation damage structures by using light and heavy iron irradiation. Combined XRD and XPS analysis of pristine UO2 films also clearly showed that thin film surfaces are directly comparable to surfaces found on bulk crystals and hence provide an excellent test substrate for further research mimicking spent nuclear fuels.
Research on UC pellets, analogous to exotic fuel material from Dounreay, has demonstrated controllable conversion of the carbide to oxide using thermal treatments in low partial pressures of air and water vapour. This is a more preferable waste form due to its much lower chemical reactivity. Work on carbide also quantified the volume expansion of the material during oxidation. This can be used in future to underpin engineering design for scale-up of carbide processing. In terms of cladding materials, work focused on better understanding their corrosion behaviour in a post irradiation condition. Novel experiments at the University of Manchester used the facilities at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility to irradiate with intense beam of protons or heavy ions virgin cladding samples to reproduce the damage structures seen by the NNL in real irradiated clad via post-irradiation examination at the Central Laboratory. The work quantified the extent and distribution of the microstructure damage using a suite of complementary materials analysis techniques. Three different batches of Nb-stabilised stainless steel were received and analysed, to compare alloy microstructures. 12 alloy samples were irradiated with protons or iron heavy ions using different conditions of temperature and damage, with the resulting samples tested with nano-indentation to examine the effects of irradiation on the mechanical properties. The results show a radiation hardening effect on the material, which is greater for proton irradiated than ion irradiated samples. Overall, this work has helped to quantify the extent of microstructure damage, and developed automated drying techniques, with some of this research having contributed to a change in the way ILW material from silos at Sellafield will be packaged which feeds into long term storage strategies for spent fuel being developed by NDA and Sellafield Ltd. Work at Leeds focused on developing an understanding of the transitioning of spent AGR fuel from wet to dry storage. The research was aimed at developing automated drying techniques which may subsequently be applied to Sellafield fuel handling operations. All the work conducted was closely followed by industry experts from the NNL and Sellafield Ltd. Most prominent has been the link with the Sellafield Centre of Excellence in Uranium and Reactive Metals which led to the provision of legacy uranium samples to Bristol from the NNL laboratory at Springfields.

In Theme 2, work on a UK plutonium disposition strategy was performed. Current policy states that any remaining plutonium which is not converted into MOX fuel, or otherwise reused, will be immobilised and treated as waste for disposal. However, the current UK MOX use scenario is vulnerable to fuel fabrication facility cost escalation, and it has been concluded that the current strategy would be significantly de-risked if a stockpile immobilisation option were developed in parallel. To this end, work on hot isostatically pressed glass-ceramics for plutonium disposition was undertaken, with new formulations having been developed, as well as studies on the processing and performance of vitrified higher activity wastes, where the successful vitrification of plutonium-contaminated materials using recycled bottle glass has been demonstrated. Additionally, a candidate ceramic for plutonium disposition has been optimised for use in disposal using a new approach to control the uranium oxidation state. Computational modelling on the behaviour of PuO2 during interim storage has made significant advances. The geometries and energies of water adsorption on perfect, low index surfaces of PuO2 are now understood in great detail. A key finding is that water adsorbs molecularly (i.e. as intact water molecules) on the most stable surface, but dissociatively (i.e. when it breaks up to form OH and H) on the next most stable surfaces. Using these data, predictions have been published as to the desorption temperatures of water from these surfaces, and a new explanation for the experimentally observed water desorption temperature ranges has been proposed. These findings are important for future experimental studies of water desorption from PuO2, and hence will inform future safety case developments for PuO2 storage. Extension to UO2 and CeO2 as plutonium oxide surrogates has also been considered, and was extended to PuO2 systems doped with americium oxides (americium is the main product arising as a result of the radioactive decay of plutonium). In parallel, a novel means of measuring the extent of water adsorption at actinide oxide surfaces with nanogram resolution was developed and deployed on the measurement of H2O uptake on real PuO2 product powders at NNL's Central Laboratory. Much of the computational work was performed on the UK's national supercomputer "ARCHER", to which researchers have access through membership of the EPSRC funded Materials Chemistry Consortium. This work on DISTINCTIVE was chosen by the consortium as one of its three highlights in its recent annual report to EPSRC. Work on the production of H2 by radiolysis of water adsorbed on the surface of PuO2 examined the gamma radiolysis of a variety of water/ceramic oxide systems, measuring the yield of H2 and a variety of other parameters for a range of ceramics. In some cases, radiolysis of water resulted in the production of excess H2 over the yield expected from the radiolysis of water alone, although in others less H2 than from water alone was produced. In addition, no evidence for O2 release has been found for some systems, whilst significant amounts are produced for others. This is the first time O2 has been observed in such experiments. A second project on determination of the recombination chemistry of H2 and O2 in sealed 316 stainless steel cans containing PuO2 examined the radiation induced chemistry of H2-O2-Ar gas mixtures alone and in contact with certain ceramic oxides. Irradiation of H2 and O2 mixtures led to a reduction in the pressure in the vessel caused by their reaction to produce water. The rate of this reaction was significantly increased by the presence of a ceramic oxide, with the nature of the oxide influencing the magnitude of the increase. Complementary experiments with PuO2 will be performed at NNL. All these findings have important implications for plutonium storage. Work in this theme has provided input into the process design, operational and safety aspects of the Sellafield Product and Residue Store Retreatment Plant for retreating and/or repackaging historic Pu and residues for consolidation into store. First-in-the-UK early career researcher experiments with PuO2 powders using active glove box facilities at NNL Central Laboratory were also undertaken, leading to improved understanding of PuO2 behaviour during out of specification storage, i.e. when in presence of water or contaminated with chloride. Researchers also launched world's first long duration synchrotron experiment at Diamond Light Source to investigate, in situ, the kinetics of hydration of cement hydrate phases known to sequester Pu and other actinides within cement-encapsulated Pu-contaminated material wastes.

In Theme 3, a project on sludge mobilisation and transport has for the first time experimentally established the critical deposition velocity of particle-laden flows at intermediate solid fractions concentrations using seven test materials. Vertical in-line rheometry pipe flow measurements were also completed and used to validate the velocimetry-pressure drop prediction method. This work has provided methods for use in industry in better understanding how particles are transported in these flows, of value in the design and maintenance of particle mobilisation and transport systems. Advanced computational models capable of predicting such effects in greater detail than the correlations available have also been developed. Technical advice has been given regarding the design of the new SIXEP Contingency Plant at Sellafield for waste slurry discharges based on this work.
A prototype non-intrusive acoustic backscatter measurement technique for monitoring suspended sediment particles in water, further developed on the project, is also being installed in a legacy fuel storage facility at Sellafield to allow the improved design of waste processing options. Modelling and measurement work on slurry transport and deposition also provided input to process design and, according to Sellafield, the technology being developed could accelerate a 7 year hazard reduction programme (emptying of tanks) by more than 1 year, with multi-million pound savings. A project on gas retention and release from nuclear legacy waste has used x-ray computed tomography to characterise the growth and release of hydrogen bubbles within consolidated beds of nuclear cladding and fuel corrosion products in order to mitigate against large periodic gas releases during waste recovery. Work on the characterisation of flocculated dispersions using acoustic backscatter systems was used to determine concentration profiles in such systems so that sludge settling and transport operations can be performed with greater efficiency. A quartz crystal microbalance has also been used to measure sludge rheology, allowing the development of a technique for in-situ rheological measurements to be made on site. All this work is informing case and operational planning at Sellafield for raw waste storage, with follow-on work directly supported from industry planned. It is seen as fundamental to maximising store capacity pending geological disposal and underpins waste monitoring strategies. The work has potential to avoid the generation of several hundred waste packages. Work on improved uranium removal from effluents using selectively-binding super-paramagnetic nanoparticles applied magnetic nanoparticles, already in use in medical testing, to target uranium in water and use their super-paramagnetic behaviour for waste form separation. It has been demonstrated that the phosphate group can be used as a binding ligand on the surface of the nanoparticles for uranium(4+) uptake in solution, showing a high selectivity and extremely rapid removal from solution, and a capacity higher by a factor of 10 compared to literature values. Further tests at conditions representative of nuclear sites were completed. Caesium removed from effluent Fukushima cooling water using adsorbents requires long term disposal options, and a project on an immobilisation process for the spent adsorbents examined caesium volatilisation during waste form production using a low temperature process with custom experimental apparatus. A sintering process was established which allowed the microstructure of the final waste form to be finely tuned by controlling compositions, sintering profiles and thermal treatment regimes. Another key finding of this theme has been the discovery of new materials whose ion exchange uptake for radioactive caesium and strontium can be fine-tuned by subtle changes in composition. These materials have potential uses for future decontamination of waste streams at Sellafield and other nuclear sites. Complementary atomistic modelling was also completed in support of this work. Additionally, image recognition techniques developed were considered as a possible method for (partial) characterisation of mixed waste as it is being retrieved or while in pond storage. The approach developed has the potential to significantly reduce the effort required to catalogue inventories of thousands of waste boxes. Also, successful knowledge transfer has taken place regarding slag formulation development for the treatment of Pu-contaminated materials to industry, and validation of vitrified products from pilot scale melter experiments.

In Theme 4, work was undertaken of relevance to structures housing radioactive waste, where 'impermeabilisation' of building materials is an important feature in order to contain waste and prevent leaking into the environment. A new technique to "heal" cracks in concrete structures and reduce water flow, using silica nano-particles, was developed. In another project, different analytical techniques were used to study at the micro-scale the interaction between radionuclides (e.g. plutonium, uranium, caesium) and building material structures, such as cement or concrete. A novel synthesis process for the production of a C-S-H gel, a mineral phase responsible for strength in cement and concrete, was developed and demonstrated to sorb radionuclides into the cement matrix. Such materials will ultimately be of value since they can be tailored to enhance the mechanical and physical properties of existing building materials. The use of colloidal silica grouts to inhibit radionuclide migration on nuclear sites during decommissioning and waste disposal was investigated. Challenges include understanding grout-radionuclide interactions, developing injection strategies to create horizontal barriers and controlling grout gel times in natural environments. Colloidal silica has significant potential as a low viscosity grouting technology for the formation of hydraulic barriers since it has a low initial viscosity, a very small particle size, is environmentally inert and its controllable gel time allows setting times to be varied from minutes to several days. An analytical model for the control of silica grout penetration in natural groundwater systems was produced, and it has been demonstrated that colloidal silica hardens when an accelerator is added, with researchers now able to tailor the accelerator to mix with the colloidal silica to achieve the required hardening time under different environmental conditions. Experimental programmes also demonstrated colloidal silica injection as a ground mechanical-improvement technology, studying the mechanical characterisation and evolution of permeability of grouted soil under different environmental conditions. In this regard, a case was submitted to ARPANSA (the Australian nuclear regulator) and approval gained to conduct colloidal silica-based field trial for grouting legacy waste trenches at Little Forest Legacy Site, Sydney. A mock waste trench was constructed and then grouted in-situ with colloidal silica. The results of trial will be used to underpin future options for long-term site management. Complementary numerical simulations of laboratory-scale injections of colloidal silica into sandy soil was also performed. Additionally, radioactive elements in soil and nuclear waste will be affected by grout injection, with studies aimed at how these behave in soil and waste before and after grouting completed. Studies to improve the retention of radionuclides in colloidal silica grout by promoting (bio)mineralisation within the grout after gelling were also performed to assess the potential for microbes to make minerals with a high adsorption capacity, and hence to incorporate radionuclides in the structure.

The Consortium website (http://distinctiveconsortium.org/) and newsletter provide a repository and showcase for key information and outcomes of the consortium's research.
Exploitation Route Outputs from the work undertaken by the consortium have been/are being taken up by key industry partners NNL, NDA and Sellafield Ltd, as well as a wider range of industries involved in nuclear waste management and decommissioning. Some examples are given in previous sections.
Sectors Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy

URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/
 
Description The original proposal identified three distinct groups of non-academic beneficiaries from activities of the project: site licence companies and the associate industrial supply chain; Government, regulators and implementation authorities; and, society and stakeholder groups. In terms of site licence companies and the associate industrial supply chain, these were kept informed though our Annual Research Conference (four held) which formed the core of our networking and knowledge transfer activities. These meetings typically involved 120 participants, approximately half of which were from industry. Industry sponsorship was also used to support broader participation by beneficiaries not directly associated with the consortium. Theme meetings were also held annually, approximately 6 months before the annual meeting around October/November. Four sets of theme meetings were held, the last 2 in Cumbria to enable easy access for industry colleagues. These meetings provided an opportunity for focused discussion of research findings and emerging collaborative opportunities, assisting integration of knowledge and capability across distinct projects. They were also well attended by colleagues from industry. An industry Challenge Led Meeting on Pu was held in Cumbria in January 2019 to harness the broad collective experience and capability of the consortium in meeting specific industry needs-led research challenges, providing a rapid and effective impact mechanism. More directly, the vast majority of the research projects which made up the overall consortium had at least one and frequently two industrial supervisors who met researchers regularly on an ad hoc basis. Our key project partners, NDA, NNL and Sellafield Ltd, were members of the Management Board of the consortium, which met every six months, assisting lead academics in the running of the overall project. The International Advisory Group, which met annually, included academic and industrial representatives from the Management Board, as well as other leading researchers from complementary international research organisations. Non-academic members included: Amec Foster Wheeler, AWE plc, BAM Ritchies, Costain, Environment Agency, Hydrock NMCL, IAEA, Jacobs, LLW Repository Ltd, Longenecker & Associates, MMI Engineering, NDA, NNL, Nuclear Technologies, PNNL, Radioactive Waste Management, Savannah River Consulting, Sellafield Ltd and US Department of Energy. Non-academic members of both the Management Board and the International Advisory Group reviewed research project progress, provided strategic leadership and ensured relevance, as well as encouraging knowledge transfer activities and collaborations with industry within the UK and overseas. Presentations by consortium members to encourage engagement in the project were also given to engineers and scientists within industry at two industry roadshow events held at the National Nuclear Laboratory Central Laboratory in July 2014 and in Warrington in November 2014. Additionally, a similar presentation was given at the three-day Nuclear Operations and DECOM Summit held in Manchester in September 2015 aimed at engineers addressing key issues within the nuclear sector. Presentations have also been made by consortium members in order to promote the project internationally. In 2016, the UK was the featured country at the International Waste Management Conference held annually in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the leading industry-facing technical conference in nuclear waste management and, as part of 2016's UK focus, DISTINCTIVE was the subject a dedicated symposium. The session involved 8 presentations from across all 4 technical themes and was attended by delegates from US industry and national labs. DISTINCTIVE also had a dedicated session at Waste Management 2018 at which 7 presentations covering key findings from the project were presented. In terms of Government, regulators and implementation authorities, research on immobilisation of plutonium residues and stockpile material was presented at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy in November 2015, attended by 12 Members of Parliament, 2 Members of the House of Lords, and Angela Leadsom MP - then Minister of Energy & Climate Change. Prof. Neil Hyatt discussed the technical progress made on plutonium immobilisation achieved through DISTINCTIVE and the need for a dual track approach to plutonium management in the UK to minimise risk, given the significant cost and technical uncertainty associated with both immobilisation and reuse options. NDA sponsored PhD student Stephanie Thornber also spoke to Members on the fragility of nuclear skills and the need to invest in PhD training to train the leading scientists for the next generation. Angela Leadsom confirmed Government commitment to dealing with the UK's nuclear waste and decommissioning legacy, and highlighted the need for high quality technical evidence to support appraisal of reuse options, such as that being produced by the DISTINCTIVE project. An Invited poster presentation on the understanding of nuclear waste glass alteration and its impacts on disposal safety was made at the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in June 2017. This will shape US radioactive waste disposal strategy and associated research priorities. Prof Tom Scott was appointed a member of the Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) working group on fuel disposal and behaviour. Further impact has been achieved by the appointment of Scott as a Special Advisor to the House of Lords to assist with running a Science and Technology Committee investigation into the future of UK nuclear R&D. Members of the consortium have also promoted DISTINCTIVE during presentations made as part of HMG Foreign & Commonwealth Office delegations to potential UK partners overseas. In 2014, Professors Lee, Hyatt and Boxall presented at Oak Ridge, Idaho and Argonne National Labs as part of a delegation to the US, whilst in 2015 Professors Boxall and Hyatt made presentations to Annual Meeting of Atomic Energy Society of Japan, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) of Japan. Society and stakeholder groups have been engaged through a number of public engagement activities which were held as part of the Bristol European Green Capital Programme during the summer of 2015 to address the public perception of risk posed by radioactivity and nuclear power in comparison to, and connection with, the more tangible threat posed by climate change. The aim was to enthuse the public about the research being undertaken on the project related to nuclear waste management and decommissioning. A broad cross-section of the public, from school children to local businesses, were involved in a number of activities that stimulated debate and encouraged learning in relation to radioactivity in our environment and the actual (rather than perceived) risk it poses to human health, all in the context of nuclear energy being considered as a green (low-carbon) energy source and in conjunction with the ongoing debate on climate change. A three-day Public Engagement and Media Summer School was held in Sheffield in June 2016. With decommissioning, nuclear waste treatment and the UK nuclear legacy often featured in the news, and questioned by policy makers, ministers and the public alike, project researchers are often put in the spotlight to discuss their research. As part of the project's impact activities, 30 PhD students and PDRAs from DISTINCTIVE attended this summer school on public engagement, media and science writing. This involved a series of activities, from designing public engagement events, to taking part in a press conference, aimed at giving our researchers the confidence to communicate their research now, and in their future academic or nuclear industry careers. A stakeholder engagement exercise was held at the 3rd Annual Meeting in April 2017. The aim was to capture the broader questions concerning the management of radioactive waste in society that are raised by research within the consortium and beyond. This exercise aimed to allow large numbers of people to combine their insights to find solutions for complex multi-disciplinary problems. Members of the consortium were encouraged to engage with a broader network of stakeholders that also contributed. Contributions were arranged into branching trees of arguments to produce an 'argument map' of the problems of radioactive waste management. We were also invited to participate in the International Festival of Glass held in August 2017. This included a presentation on "Engineering radioactive waste glasses for the future" and an interactive display incorporating an educational film on radioactive waste glass and a demonstration of Prince Rupert's drops.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Contribution of expert opinion and evidence to POST Note on "Managing the Plutonium Stockpile"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0531?utm_source=directory&ut...
 
Description Impact on Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Written evidence to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on the Draft National Policy statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, was cited as the key basis for Recommendation 5 "We recommend that the Government clarifies in the NPS the level of uncertainty regarding the inventory and explains to prospective host communities how this will affect their right to reject the GDI at any point during the siting process" - as set out at paragraph 34 in the body of the report.
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/1092/1092.pdf
 
Description Membership of IAEA working group on options for managing separated plutonium.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NIRAB II membership
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NIRAB membership
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Membership of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board which developed a national R&D roadmap for nuclear fission and fusion sector, leading to announcement of £250M investment in 2015 autumn statement.
 
Description Written and evidence submitted to House of Lords Inquiry on Priorities for Nuclear Research and Technologies
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/science-and-technology-comm...
 
Description Written and oral evidence submitted to EPSRC Independent Review of Nuclear Fission and Fusion
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description A new precision cutting saw for radiological materials science
Amount £10,990 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Assessment of Gas Retention and Chronic Release from MSSS Waste
Amount £105,420 (GBP)
Organisation Sellafield Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Centres for Doctoral Training
Amount £5,181,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L015390/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Centres for Doctoral Training
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PO 9030/4510390367 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description DECC - MIDAS capital grant
Amount £800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description DISTINCTIVE ARF - HIP
Amount £49,120 (GBP)
Organisation Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories (DISTINCTIVE) Consortium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 04/2018
 
Description DISTINCTIVE ARF - Photon Factory
Amount £6,000 (GBP)
Organisation Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories (DISTINCTIVE) Consortium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 04/2018
 
Description Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management
Amount £2,160,698 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R004889/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 10/2022
 
Description EPSRC UK-Japan Nuclear Research Call - Advanced Waste Management Strategies for High Dose Spent Absorbents
Amount £435,120 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 03/2018
 
Description Energy - Nuclear = TRANSCEND: Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning
Amount £9,515,369 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S01019X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): - Centres for Doctoral Training (£ 50000; 2018 - 2022)
Amount £5,181,479 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L015390/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description ICARUS: Improving Chernobyl by Assistive Research at the University of Sheffield
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Immobilisation and Containment of Radioactive Waste using Colloidal Silica-Based Grout
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 
Sector Public
Country Australia
Start 07/2016 
End 06/2018
 
Description Impacts of colloidal silica based grout injection on geo-mechanical and geochemical properties of soil and radioactive wastes
Amount £18,800 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 06/2018
 
Description NDA Bursary Scheme - Brannerite glass ceramics
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Nuclear Decommissioning Authority NDA 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description NDA Bursary Scheme - Plutonium surrogates
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Nuclear Decommissioning Authority NDA 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description NDA Bursary Scheme - damaged fuels
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Nuclear Decommissioning Authority NDA 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Novel restoration materials for clean-up of radionuclides in the environment (joint UK-Japan Civil Nuclear Research)
Amount £257,195 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M012719/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 03/2017
 
Description TRANSCEND: Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning
Amount £4,587,420 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S01019X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description TRANSCEND: Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning
Amount £4,587,420 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S01019X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description Thermal Treatment of Spent Ion Exchange Resins
Amount £25,010 (GBP)
Funding ID Award value is confidential 
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description US DOE - GLAD
Amount £232,000 (GBP)
Organisation U.S. Department of Energy 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2018
 
Description Underpinning the safety case for the use of colloidal silica based grout for waste containment
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID MT15805 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description UoS & Suppliers - MIDAS equipment match
Amount £335,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Use of Acoustic Backscatter for insitu Sludge Monitoring
Amount £62,367 (GBP)
Organisation Sellafield Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2018
 
Description Claudia Gassparini - Collaboration with Laboratory for the Study of Matter in Environmental Conditions, Marcoule Institute for Separative Chemistry (ICSM), Marcoule, France 
Organisation Marcoule Institute for Separative Chemistry (ICSM)
Department Study of Matter in Environmental Conditions (L2ME)
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution In-situ oxidation experiments were performed on ZrC samples in a HT-ESEM equipped with a hot stage in the 800-1200°C range of temperature in oxygen atmosphere.
Collaborator Contribution Use of facilities and expertise. They perform the experiments.
Impact Publications in preparation.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with ESRF XMAS and DUBBLE beamlines 
Organisation European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Extended application focus of beamline techniques to XAS data acquistion in the hard X-ray regime.
Collaborator Contribution Beamline optimisation to acquire XAS data from glass and ceramic materials in support of plutonium disposition.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description DELTA (Dortmunder ELekTronenspeicherring-Anlage) 
Organisation Technical University of Dortmund
Department Dortmund Electron Storage Ring System (DELTA)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of beamline XAS applications to low concentration detection in disordered systems and expansion of international user programme.
Collaborator Contribution Acquisition of XAS data in hard X-ray regime.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Dimitri Pletser Hitachi Secondment 
Organisation Hitachi
Country Japan 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Study of Cs and Sr volatilisation from simulant spent adsorbents during processing to glass composite material wasteform.
Collaborator Contribution Use of facilities and expertise.
Impact Due to start in July 2016.
Start Year 2016
 
Description HZDR SPIRIT Ion Beam Irradiation - India & DISTINCTIVE project. 
Organisation Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Department Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Design of ion beam irradiation experiments
Collaborator Contribution Ion beam irradiation of samples for experimental study
Impact No output other than publication listed elsewhere on the form.
Start Year 2012
 
Description IUAC - New Delhi 
Organisation Inter University Accelerator Centre
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design of ion beam implantation experiments and characterisation of ion implanted materials.
Collaborator Contribution Ion beam implantation of glass and ceramic materials
Impact No outputs other than publications summarised under appropriate sections.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Immobilisation and Containment of Radioactive Waste using Colloidal Silica-Based Grout 
Organisation Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Matteo Pedrotti, the PDRA on the DISTINCTIVE grant will spend a number of weeks (yet to be determined) in Sydney conducting a field trial of the colloidal silica grout in near-surface soils.
Collaborator Contribution ANSTO will provide a test site for grout injection adjacent to their legacy waste trenches they are also enabling laboratory access for sample analysis.
Impact None to-date. ANSTO are funding a related project to apply colloidal silica to grouting wastes in trenches in-situ. There is considerable synergy between the ANSTO work and DISTINCTIVE. Therefore, Matteo will do some field trials on the ANSTO site.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), India - DISTINCTIVE & India project. 
Organisation Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR)
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Design of ion beam implantation experiments for glass ceramics, characterisation of ion implanted material.
Collaborator Contribution Ion beam implantation of glass ceramic materials.
Impact No outputs yet published.
Start Year 2015
 
Description JRC ITU - Actinide TEM 
Organisation Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU)
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Application of radiological TEM to study short range ordering in uranium oxides by electron diffraction.
Collaborator Contribution Access to and training on radiological TEM.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2014
 
Description JRC ITU - Actinide XPS 
Organisation Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU)
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Application of XPS to uniquely determine contribution of uranium valence states in mixed valent materials.
Collaborator Contribution Access to XPS system for investigation of actinide materials, data acquisition and analysis.
Impact See publications section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description KEK High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Photon Factory, Japan. 
Organisation High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Design of XAS experiments to investigate radiation damage in glass and ceramic wasteforms.
Collaborator Contribution Support in access to Photon Factory XAS beamline.
Impact No outcomes other than publications listed in appropriate section.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Kurion Ltd 
Organisation Corin Group PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Expert advice on thermal treatment of radioactive waste and characterisation of products from full scale melter tests.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of three month placement to PhD student Luke Boast, access to materials from full scale melter test for use in PhD.
Impact Student placement and publications as detailed elsewhere under appropriate sections.
Start Year 2016
 
Description NNL collaboration in the area of plutonium management 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working with NNL and Sellafield subject matter experts in the area of plutonium product powder management through a series of PhDs and PDRAs
Collaborator Contribution supporting lancaster's work in the area of plutonium product powder management through a series of PhDs, PDRAs and access to NNL's active facilities
Impact "Investigation of water adsorption on metal oxide surfaces under conditions representative of PuO2 storage containers.", P.Murphy, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor in"Materials Challenges in Current and Future Nuclear Technologies", K.R.Whittle, M.Bertolus, B.Uberuaga, R.W.Grimes (Eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 1383, Article mrsf11-1383-a07-08, 6 pages (2012) DOI: 10.1557/opl.2012.241 "Investigation of Water Adsorption on Metal Oxide Surfaces under Conditions Representative of PuO2 Storage Containers" P.Murphy, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor, D.Woodhead, in "Corrosion in Nuclear Energy Systems: From Cradle to Grave ", J. J. Noel, R. Newman, D. Shoesmith and S. Fujimoto (Eds.), The Electrochemical Society, Inc., Pennington NJ, Electrochem.Soc.Trans., 53(21) 81-94 (2013) DOI:10.1149/05321.0081ecst "Collaborative Research Programme in Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories (DISTINCTIVE)", M. Fairweather, S.R. Biggs, A.M.E. Ward, C. Boxall, N.D.M. Evans, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, T.B. Scott, in Waste Management 2016 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2016, Paper No. 16466, 15 pages, ISBN Number: 978-0-9828171-5-5 "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto ceria thin films", D.Laventine, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor, R.Orr in "The Scientific Basis of Nuclear Waste Management", N.C.Hyatt, R.Ewing, Y.Inagaki, C.Jantzen (Eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, MRS Advances., 2(12), 649-654 (2017) DOI: 10.1557/adv.2016.671 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium: An Overview" M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No. 18102 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium Theme 2: PuO2 and Fuel Residues" C. Boxall, C.L. Corkhill, N.C. Hyatt, M.J. Joyce, N. Kaltsoyannis, A. Kerridge, F.R. Livens, S.M. Pimblott, , M. Read, M.C. Stennett in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No.18132 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium: Transforming High Activity Materials Research in the UK" M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No.18212 "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto thoria thin films", D. Laventine, C. Boxall, R. Orr, R. Taylor, Prog.Nucl.Sci.Tech, 5, 136-139 (2018). DOI: 10.15669/pnst.5.136
Start Year 2009
 
Description NNL collaboration in the area of the management of spent nuclear fuel 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working with NNL subject matter experts in the area of spent nuclear fuel management and disposal through a series of PhD studentships
Collaborator Contribution Funding of a series of PhD studentships to support Lancaster's work on the management and disposal of spent nuclear fuel
Impact "Corrosion Behaviour of AGR Simulated Fuels - Evolution of the Fuel Surface" N.Rauff-Nisthar, C.Boxall, I.Farnan, Z.Hiezl, W.Lee, C.Perkins, R.J.Wilbraham, in "Corrosion in Nuclear Energy Systems: From Cradle to Grave ", J. J. Noel, R. Newman, D. Shoesmith and S. Fujimoto (Eds.), The Electrochemical Society, Inc., Pennington NJ, Electrochem.Soc.Trans., 53(21) 95-104 (2013) DOI:10.1149/05321.0095ecst "The Effect of Hydrogen Peroxide on the Dissolution of Electrodeposited Uranium Oxide Films on 316L Stainless Steel" " R.J.Wilbraham, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor, S.Woodbury, J.Nuc.Mat., 464, 86-96 (2015). DOI 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.04.007 IF = 2.09 "Corrosion Behaviour of AGR SIMFUELS" N.Rauff-Nisthar, C.Boxall, D.Hambley, Z.Hiezl, C.Padovani, R.Wilbraham, in Final Workshop Proceedings of the Collaborative Project "Fast / Instant Release of Safety Relevant Radionuclides from Spent Nuclear Fuel", B.Kienzler, V.Metz, A.Valls (Eds.), KIT Scientific Reports 7716, KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe, 2015, pp. 295-302, ISBN 978-3-7315-0525-9. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000054569 "Corrosion Behaviour of AGR SIMFUELS" N.Rauff-Nisthar, C.Boxall, D.Hambley, Z.Hiezl, W.E.Lee, C.Padovani, R.J.Wilbraham, in "Corrosion General Session", R.Buchheit (Ed.), The Electrochemical Society, Inc., Pennington NJ, Electrochem.Soc.Trans., 66(17) 85-94 (2015) DOI:10.1149/06617.0085ecst "Collaborative Research Programme in Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories (DISTINCTIVE)", M. Fairweather, S.R. Biggs, A.M.E. Ward, C. Boxall, N.D.M. Evans, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, T.B. Scott, in Waste Management 2016 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2016, Paper No. 16466, 15 pages, ISBN Number: 978-0-9828171-5-5 "Corrosion of AGR Fuel Pin Steel under Conditions Relevant to Permanent Disposal", C.Anwyl, C.Boxall, R.Wilbraham, D.Hambley and C.Padovani, Procedia Chem., 21, 247-254 (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.proche.2016.10.035, IF = 0.4 "AGR Cladding Corrosion: Investigation of the Effect of Temperature on Unsensitized Stainless Steel", E.Howett, C.Boxall, D.Hambley in "The Scientific Basis of Nuclear Waste Management", N.C.Hyatt, R.Ewing, Y.Inagaki, C.Jantzen (Eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, MRS Advances., 2(11), 615-620 (2017) DOI: 10.1557/adv.2016.651 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium: An Overview" M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No. 18102 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium Theme 1: AGR, Magnox and Exotic Spent Fuels" M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No.18345. "Raman Studies of Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Simulated Spent Nuclear Fuels" R.J. Wilbraham, N. Rauff-Nisthar, C. Boxall, E.A. Howett, D.I. Hambley, Z. Hiezl, W.E. Lee, C. Padovani, Prog.Nucl.Sci.Tech, 5, 213-216 (2018). DOI: 10.15669/pnst.5.213 "The Behavior of Advanced Gas Reactor Simulated Spent Nuclear Fuels in Wet Interim Storage Conditions", E.A. Howett, C. Boxall, R.J.Wilbraham, D.I. Hambley, Prog.Nucl.Sci.Tech, 140-143 (2018). DOI: 10.15669/pnst.5.140
Start Year 2011
 
Description Photon Factory KEK Hard X-ray Beamline BL9 
Organisation High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Application of total electron yield detection to characterisation of ion beam amorphised surface layers on ceramic wasteforms.
Collaborator Contribution Access to and training on Photon Factory BL9.
Impact See publication section.
Start Year 2016
 
Description RRCAT - INDUS 2 
Organisation Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT)
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Design of X-ray absorption experiment for characterisation of ion beam implanted materials and analysis of data.
Collaborator Contribution Access to XAS beamline.
Impact No outcomes other than publications reported under appropriate sections.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Sellafield Limited 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have built on the work of Dr Joseph Wellington on modelling PuO2 surfaces via a PhD studentship to Mr Jonathan Collard, part funded by the University of Manchester and Sellafield Limited.
Collaborator Contribution Sellafield Limited are part-funding Mr Collard's PhD position
Impact It is too early in Mr Collard's PhD for demonstrable outcomes to have emerged.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Sellafield Ltd - University of Leeds Sludge Centre of Expertise 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The collaboration draws on specialist knowledge from the University's engineers and environmental specialists, who are working closely with Sellafield Ltd's sludge team. The Centre plays a key role in describing the behaviour of the sludge wastes that have arisen after years of operation at Sellafield and other nuclear sites across the UK. This information will help nuclear engineers work out how to dispose of the sludge safely and efficiently.
Collaborator Contribution The Sellafield Limited Technical and Engineering Directorate is ensuring ongoing engagement with the University to support its continuing long term objectives of the safe retrieval, conditioning, storage and ultimate disposal of waste sludge, and efficient plant operation.
Impact Ongoing outputs, details of which are included elsewhere.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Sellafield collaboration in the area of plutonium product powder management 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution working with sellafield and nnl subject matter experts in the area of plutonium product powder management through a series of PhDs and PDRAs
Collaborator Contribution supporting lancaster's work in the area of plutonium product powder management through a series of PhDs and PDRAs and through access to expertise
Impact "Investigation of water adsorption on metal oxide surfaces under conditions representative of PuO2 storage containers.", P.Murphy, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor in"Materials Challenges in Current and Future Nuclear Technologies", K.R.Whittle, M.Bertolus, B.Uberuaga, R.W.Grimes (Eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 1383, Article mrsf11-1383-a07-08, 6 pages (2012) DOI: 10.1557/opl.2012.241 "Investigation of Water Adsorption on Metal Oxide Surfaces under Conditions Representative of PuO2 Storage Containers" P.Murphy, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor, D.Woodhead, in "Corrosion in Nuclear Energy Systems: From Cradle to Grave ", J. J. Noel, R. Newman, D. Shoesmith and S. Fujimoto (Eds.), The Electrochemical Society, Inc., Pennington NJ, Electrochem.Soc.Trans., 53(21) 81-94 (2013) DOI:10.1149/05321.0081ecst "Collaborative Research Programme in Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories (DISTINCTIVE)", M. Fairweather, S.R. Biggs, A.M.E. Ward, C. Boxall, N.D.M. Evans, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, T.B. Scott, in Waste Management 2016 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2016, Paper No. 16466, 15 pages, ISBN Number: 978-0-9828171-5-5 "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto ceria thin films", D.Laventine, C.Boxall, R.J.Taylor, R.Orr in "The Scientific Basis of Nuclear Waste Management", N.C.Hyatt, R.Ewing, Y.Inagaki, C.Jantzen (Eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, MRS Advances., 2(12), 649-654 (2017) DOI: 10.1557/adv.2016.671 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium: An Overview" M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No. 18102 ?"The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium Theme 2: PuO2 and Fuel Residues" C. Boxall, C.L. Corkhill, N.C. Hyatt, M.J. Joyce, N. Kaltsoyannis, A. Kerridge, F.R. Livens, S.M. Pimblott, , M. Read, M.C. Stennett in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No.18132 "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium: Transforming High Activity Materials Research in the UK" M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott in Waste Management 2018 Conference Proceedings, WM Symposia, Temple, Arizona, 2018, Paper No.18212 "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto thoria thin films", D. Laventine, C. Boxall, R. Orr, R. Taylor, Prog.Nucl.Sci.Tech, 5, 136-139 (2018). DOI: 10.15669/pnst.5.136
Start Year 2014
 
Description Short term placement by Tzu-Yu Chen in the NNL 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Brought knowledge of novel ion exchange materials to the NNL
Collaborator Contribution Trained the researcher in Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation tools and Materials Studio software package.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Visiting Scholar Tsinghua University, China 
Organisation Tsinghua University China
Department Institute of Building and Materials
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Riccardo Maddelena (a matching PhD student to DISTINCTIVE) is spending 3 months as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Buildings and Materials, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is using NMR facilities at Tsinghua to conduct experiments on the 29Si NMR structural investigations of C-S-H phases at different Ca/Si ratio in presence of radionuclides and heavy metals, The collaboration has been funded through the EC funded GREAT Project, led by Strathclyde. GREAT: Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme.
Collaborator Contribution The partners are giving access to the NMR facility and providing expertise in data interpretation.
Impact The secondment is still in progress.
Start Year 2017
 
Description 35th Annual Cement & Concrete Science Conference - Toby Lord - Poster Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Around 100 delegates, ranging from postgraduate students to industry experts attended the 2 day annual conference, one of the leading cement science conferences in the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description A Life Cycle approach as a decision tool for Nuclear Waste Management and Plant Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Waste Management Conference 2015, Phoenix, March 16-20th
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description A poster presentation by Tzu-Yu Chen at 6th Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning Research Forum in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster was presented titled "Novel Ion Exchange Materials For Nuclear Waste Treatment" leading to a discussion of the research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description A poster presentation by Tzu-Yu Chen at the ED-XRD workshop in Stockholm 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster was presented titled "Tailored Cs/Sr Ion Exchange in Sn-Umbite by Framework Substitution" that led to discussions of structures of ion exchange materials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description AGR Technical Forum - James Goode 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Industry meeting to share information and discuss future options.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Actinides - plutonium talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto ceria, thoria, and urania thin films" D.Laventine, C.Boxall, R.Orr, R.J.Taylor, D.Woodhead, Actinides 2017, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 10th - 14th July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy, Palace of Westminster, London, 25 November 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited presentation at All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy, Palace of Westminster, London, 25 November 2015. Attended by approximately a dozen parliamentarians and other policy makers, including Energy Minister Angela Leadsom MP. Presentation sparked questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description An invited talk by Joseph Hriljac at the Diamond Light Source titled "Structural studies of materials for radionuclide uptage" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at a workshop to scope future research activities for the Diamond-II light source. The information from this talk has subsequently gone into the initial science case to support Diamond-II
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An invited talk by Joseph Hriljac titled "Japan UK collaboration on developing novel restoration materials for clean-up of radionuclides in the environment" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the AESI in Osaka Japan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An invited talk by Joseph Hriljac titled "New Engineered forms of zeolites for the selective removal of Cs and Sr from effluent" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management session of the US Materials Research Society in Boston USA. After the talk various US researchers expressed an interest in the work and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An invited talk by Tzu-Yu Chen at the Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A presentation was made to a variety of undergraduate chemistry students followed by a question and answer session on safe and secure means of nuclear waste cleanup
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description An invited talk by Tzu-Yu Chen at the Universitas Katolik Widya Mandala, Surabaya, Indonesia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A seminar was presented to Chemical Engineering undergraduate students titled "Metal Substitution in Sn-Umbite for Tailored Cs/Sr Ion Exchange and Immobilisation by Hot Isostatic Pressing", this lead to a discussion of nuclear waste issues and safe and secure methods for cleanup
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Bill Lee - Centre for Nuclear Engineering Christmas Lecture (Imperial College London, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Why Radionuclides are Good for You
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/nuclear-engineering/research/research-outputs/
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Inspiring Science Guest Lecture - School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Why Radionuclides are Good for You
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/emps/inspiringscience/Bill-Lee-Poster-Final-Copy.p...
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Lecture - Katholic University of Leuven, Department of Materials (Belgium) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Structural Ceramics for Extreme Environments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Lecture - University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Progress in the Clean-up at Fukushima including Wasteform Development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Lecture at the Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum, Gordon Seminar (Cambridge, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Materials Needs in the UK's Nuclear Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/forum/images/forum14/IMG_2520.jpg
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Perspective Lecture - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padua, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Nuclear Energy: A Materials Opportunity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Plenary Lecture at at Serbian Ceramic Society Conference Advanced Ceramics and Applications III, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Belgrade, Serbia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Structural Ceramics for Extreme Environments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google....
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Seminar - National Nuclear Laboratory Lunchtime Seminar (Risley, Harwell, Springfields, Sellafield etc.) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Challenges and Opportunities for Advanced Ceramics and Composites in the Nuclear Sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Speaker - 40th ICACC, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Developments in Glass Composite Material Wasteforms for Difficult Radioactive Wastes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://ceramics.org/meetings/40th-international-conference-and-expo-on-advanced-ceramics-and-composi...
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Speaker - Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Nuclear Ceramics: Key Materials in Waste Management and Advanced Reactors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.titech.ac.jp/news/2015/030715.html
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited Talk - US/UK Technical Experts Workshop, Bilateral Civil Nuclear Energy R&D Cooperation, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Current US/UK Nuclear R&D Collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited lecture - Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) (Sydney, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Nuclear Ceramics for Fuel and Wasteforms
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ansto.gov.au/
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited speaker - British Embassy (Tokyo, Japan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Expert panel member on Workshop on Communicating Complex Scientific Information to the Public and Media
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited speaker - Intl. Symposium on NPP Technology and Human Resources Development (Busan, South Korea) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: the UKs Volunteerism Programme for Geological Disposal of HAW
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.kings.ac.kr/eng/viewBoard.do;jsessionid=4ggwYRyAFQiU06d4zjTDJBn9UjMwO8rXlhVP4n2GwUsUB9xDO...
 
Description Bill Lee - Invited speaker - UK-Japan Nuclear Research Collaboration Symposium, Embassy of Japan, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Supporting the Clean-up at Fukushima
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CAMERA YouTube video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact YouTube video, as part of the University of Manchester's "CAMERA" series (Chemistry At Manchester Explains Research Advances), focusing on the problem of the storage and long term fate of the UK's civil Pu stockpile
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh0w1Al_fc8
 
Description Choosing your Nuclear Fuel Cycle: A Life Cycle perspective 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Waste Management Conference 2016, Phoenix, March 7-10th
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Claudia Gasparinni - DISTINCTIVE Theme 1 presentations (Bristol, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Oxidation of Carbides Including Carbides Nuclear Fuels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/themes/
 
Description Claudia Gasparinni - European Ceramic Society XIV Conference (Toledo, Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Oxidation of Hot Pressed Zirconium Carbide between 800 - 1000 °C
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ecers2015.org/
 
Description Claudia Gasparinni - NDA PhD Programme Focus Group on Spent Fuel and Nuclear Materials (Heysham Power Station, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Oxidation of Carbides Including Carbides Nuclear Fuels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Claudia Gasparinni - Universities Nuclear Technology Forum (Milton Keynes, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Oxidation Kinetics in Carbide Nuclear Fuels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://mcs.open.ac.uk/untf15/
 
Description Claudia Gasparinni Ultra-high Temperature Ceramics: Materials For Extreme Environment Applications III (Gold Coast, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Oxidation of Hot Pressed Zirconium Carbide between 800 -1000 °C
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.engconf.org/past-conferences/2015-conferences/ultra-high-temperature-ceramics-materials-f...
 
Description Co-ordinated Research Project on Management Degraded Nuclear Fuel and Corium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Collaborative integrated knowledge exchange project to share understanding of degraded fuel and corium characterisation and treatment. Research outcomes will form an IAEA technical document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaborative Research Programme in Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories (DISTINCTIVE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Nuclear Operations and DECOM Summit, Manchester, UK, 21st-23rd September 2015. General overview of project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Computational Study of Water Adsorption on UO2 and PuO2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DISTINCTIVE Annual meeting, Sheffield 15-16/04/15
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Computational Study of Water Adsorption on UO2 and PuO2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Studying Surfaces: in vacuo, in situ, in silico, Royal Society of Chemistry London 22/01/16
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Computational Study of Water Adsorption on UO2 and PuO2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research Frontiers in Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management Conference, Glasgow Science Centre 25/11/15
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Computational Study of Water Adsorption on UO2 and PuO2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ICfE 9th International Conference on f-elements, Keble College, Oxford 06-09/09/15
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Computational Study of Water Adsorption on UO2 and PuO2 Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Waste Management 2016 (WM2016) conference, Phoenix 08/03/16
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Computational investigations of the interaction of brucite surfaces with uranium and its fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NDA Waste Packaging and Storage bursary meeting, Sellafield, 12th of November, 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Computational investigations of the interaction of brucite surfaces with uranium and its fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DISTINCTIVE meeting, Theme 3, Birmingham, 17th of November, 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Computational investigations of the interaction of brucite surfaces with uranium and its fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NDA Waste Packaging and Storage bursary meeting, Sellafield, 19th of November, 2014
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Computational investigations of the interaction of brucite surfaces with uranium and its fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NDA annual PhD bursary seminar, Manchester, 14th of January, 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Session at WM 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Waste Management Conference is held annually in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the leading industry-facing technical conference in nuclear waste management. As part of the 2018 meeting, DISTINCTIVE was the subject a dedicated symposium. The session involved 7 presentations from across all 4 technical themes and focused on outputs and achievements of the consortium. It was attended by delegates from US industry and national labs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Site licence companies and the associate industrial supply chain were kept informed of research progress through our Annual Research Conference (four held) which formed the core of our networking and knowledge transfer activities. These meetings typically involved 120 participants, approximately half of which were from industry. Industry sponsorship was also used to support broader participation by beneficiaries not directly associated with the consortium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Annual Meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Annual Meeting forms the core of the consortium's networking and knowledge transfer activities. Each researcher (PhD and PDRA) contributes a poster presentation and a project summary that is included in the delegate material. Each PDRA gives an oral presentation, as do a handful of nominated PhD candidates.
The first two-day event was held in Sheffield in 2015, and over 120 delegates from academia and research organisations, industry, governance and regulatory bodies were in attendance. International guests include representatives from the US DOE, EC, PNNL, SRNL and the Catholic University of America (members of the International Advisory Group). Ample networking opportunities allowed attendees to discuss the ongoing project, brainstorm new ideas, and identify opportunities for collaboration/engagement/input/support.
Industry sponsorship was obtained for two PhD presentation awards, and to support future DISTINCTIVE proposed activities.
All presentations (with consent) and project summaries are uploaded to the programme website for public access/download.
The next event will be held in April 2016 in Bristol.
Please contact Abby Ward (A.M.E.Ward@leeds.ac.uk) for supporting documents if required.
Main purpose: share information, stimulate thinking, improve understanding of others
Three annual meetings will be hold over the duration of the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/news-blogs/1st-annual-meeting/
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Final Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium Theme 2: PuO2 and Fuel Residues" C. Boxall, C.L. Corkhill, N.C. Hyatt, M.J. Joyce, N. Kaltsoyannis, A. Kerridge, F.R. Livens, S.M. Pimblott, , M. Read, M.C. Stennett, DISTINCTIVE Final Annual Meeting, The National Railway Museum, York, 11th September 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Industry Roadshows 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In 2014, the consortium held two industrial roadshows. One was organised with Sellafield Ltd. and was held on site for Sellafield, NNL and NDA employees to attend. The other was held in Warrington. The roadshows were held to facilitate initial conversations on how industry and other stakeholders can engage in the programme. Members of the academic leadership team gave presentations outlining the framework of the programme, and the objectives of each research theme including impact. Overall, the consortium met with over 60 individuals across the two events and a number of strategic relationships were formed (i.e. member in the international advisory group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/news-blogs/distinctive-hits-road/
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Kick-off Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In 2014, a one-day meeting was held in Leeds to kick-off the research programme. All DISTINCTIVE members (academic and industrial) were invited to attend. Members of the academic leadership team gave presentations outlining the framework of the programme and the objectives of the research themes including impact. Discussion were held between the 45 delegates regarding strategic plans for the programme over the next four years and beyond.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/news-blogs/distinctive-kick-meeting/
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The DISTINCTIVE newsletter was launched in July 2015 and four additions were published in total. The newsletter summarises progress made by the consortium in a digestible format. All DISTINCTIVE researchers were encouraged to make a contribution to provide an update on their projects. Contributions were also requested from our members (academic and industrial) and our international advisory board. Typical articles included summaries of events attended, announcements of developments, recognition of awards, announcements of calls, publications and details of events. The newsletter was circulated through our contact networks and made available to download from our website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2018
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/category/newsletter/
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Session at WM 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Waste Management Conference is held annually in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the leading industry-facing technical conference in nuclear waste management. As part of 2016's UK focus, DISTINCTIVE was the subject a dedicated symposium. The session involved 8 presentations from across all 4 technical themes and was attended by delegates from US industry and national labs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Theme Meet Oct 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to disseminate findings of plutonium research theme in DISTINCTIVE. NDA, NNL, Sellafield, Amed/Wood in attendance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Theme Meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Site licence companies and the associate industrial supply chain were kept informed of research progress through Theme Meetings were also held annually (four in total), approximately 6 months before the annual meeting around October/November. The last two meetings were held in Cumbria to enable easy access for industry colleagues. These meetings provided an opportunity for focused discussion of research findings and emerging collaborative opportunities, assisting integration of knowledge and capability across distinct projects. They were well attended by colleagues from industry, with approximately 120 attendees at each meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Theme Meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of Theme Meetings are held annually. These meetings are organised by the theme leaders and are held in a university environment. All DISTINCTIVE members (academic and industrial) are invited to attend these meetings, as well as select representatives from industry who have some levels of engagement with the individual research projects.
The meetings serve primarily to build the theme team and develop new opportunities to share research challenges. They provide an opportunity for focused discussion of research findings and emerging collaborative opportunities, assisting integration of knowledge and capability across distinct themes. Each researcher (PDRA and Phd) is given the opportunity to give an oral presentation; however, due to the size of some themes presentations are split between oral and poster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description DISTINCTIVE Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The DISTINCTIVE website was launched in August 2014. It acts as a repository and showcase for key information and outcomes of the consortium. It is a multi-user website, designed so that information can obtained by all audiences (public to professional). Depending of the depth of the information required, there are various levels that can be accessed. The website can be used to learn more about the framework and objectives of the programme, find up-to-date research project descriptions and details of publications, be notified of upcoming events and how to participate, to read the latest annoucements including calls for funding, download materials from past events and contact members of the consortium.
Please contact Abby Ward (A.M.E.Ward@leeds.ac.uk) for website statistics if required.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org
 
Description DISTINCTIVE closure / TRANSCEND kick off meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presenations at Joint DISTINCTIVE closure / TRANSCEND kick off meetings in York. Meeting involved presentation of results of DISTINCTIVE programme to DISTINCTIVE industry partners and other stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demonstration lectures by Mark Read "Chemistry and Energy: from steam to nuclear power" at the Open University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demonstration lecture given as part of the Open University Christmas lecture series. Enthused and inspired school pupils from yr 6 - 13 as well as the general public. Sparked much discussion and questions regarding nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Demonstration lectures by Mark Read "Chemistry and Energy: from steam to nuclear power" at the RSC sponsored Chemistry@work events, Black Country Living Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demonstration lecture given as part of an RSC sponsored Chemistry@Work event. Enthused and inspired school pupils from yr 6 - 13 as well as the general public. Sparked much discussion and questions regarding nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2016,2017
 
Description Dimitri Pletser ACerS-GOMD 2015 (Miami, USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Immobilisation process for contaminated zeolitic ion exchangers from Fukushima
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ceramics.org/meetings/glass-optical-materials-division-and-deutsche-glastechnische-gesellscha...
 
Description Dimitri Pletser DISTINCTIVE Annual Meeting 2015 Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Poster: Low temperature processing of Fukushima ILW
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/tag/annual-meeting/
 
Description Dimitri Pletser DISTINCTIVE Annual Meeting 2016 (Bristol, UK) (Due to happen 04/2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Poster - Immobilisation process for contaminated zeolitic ion exchangers from Fukushima
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/event/2nd-annual-meeting/
 
Description Dimitri Pletser DISTINCTIVE WP3 theme meeting (Birmingham, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Glass-composite material wasteforms for Fukushima related waste
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/
 
Description Dimitri Pletser Imperial College Festival - Centre for Nuclear Engineering Stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Manned the Centre for Nuclear Engineering stall at the Imperial College Festival. Displayed exhibits and explained various aspects of nuclear power generation to a layman audience of practically all ages and backgrounds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/festival/feedback/
 
Description Dimitri Pletser MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management 2015 (Montpellier, France) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Immobilisation process for contaminated zeolitic ion exchangers from Fukushima
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://mrs2015.org
 
Description Dimitri Pletser Postgraduate Research Day (Imperial College) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Glass-composite Material Wasteforms for Immobilisation of Contaminated Zeolitic Ion Exchangers from Fukushima
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dimitri Pletser WM2016 (Phoenix, USA) (Due to happen 10/03/2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Low Melting Temperature Glass for Immobilisation of Contaminated Zeolitic Ion Exchangers from Fukushima
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.wmsym.org/
 
Description EPSRC Sandpits in Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Post DISTINCTIVE and PACIFIC EPSRC Sandpits with industry attendance (sellafield, nda, edf, rolls royce, amec, awe nnl).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EPSRC/FCO sponsored visit to Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at and involvement in EPSRC/Foreign & Commonwealth Office sponsored workshop in Japan in Feb 2019. Purpose of workshop was to develop joint UK/Japan research projects t support the safe clean up of Fukushima. Future activity will be submission of a proposal to the expected EPSRC/MEXT call in this area
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Electronic Structure of AnO2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at the Distinctive Theme 2 Meeting,
20th of November 2014, Lancaster, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Eleonora Cali DISTINCTIVE Annual Meeting 2015 (Sheffield, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Poster - Nanoscale Investigation and Control of Radionuclides in Waste Management
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/news-blogs/1st-annual-meeting/
 
Description Embedded cluster calculations of water adsorption on UO2 and PuO2 surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Advancing the Chemistry of the f-elements Dalton Discussion 14, Edinburgh 28-30/07/14
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Expert comment published in the Daily Mirror, the Sun and the Daily Mail: Hunterson B Nuclear Reactor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Expert comment from Prof. Neil Hyatt was on the development of cracks within the graphite core of Hunterston B nuclear reactor, its prospects for restart and future decommissioning, was published in an articles in the Daily Mirror, the Sun, and the Daily Mail on 8 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FCO Mission to the USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited Presentation "Nuclear R&D at Lancaster" UK FCO-Science & Innovation Network Civil Nuclear Mission to the USA 7th - 12th December 2014, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA, 10th December 2014
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Feature article on Fukushima and Chernobyl related research sponsored by EPSRC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Feature interview in Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph on radioactive waste management research, with particular focus on applications at Chernobyl and Fukushima.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/star-interview-with-richard-blackledge-how-sheffield-expert...
 
Description Final DISTINCTIVE Pu Theme Meet 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at Final DISTINCTIVE Plutonium Theme Meeting, a meeting of all key UK stakeholders in the area of plutonium research. Purpose to discuss the state of the art with respect to plutonium storage & disposition strategies and associated implementations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hosted the 2016 Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning Research Forum (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosted the NWDRF meeting and presented an overview of Birmingham research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted the 2016 Research Frontiers in Decommissioning and Radioactive Wast Management conference (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosted this conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosting of Mominah Khan (School student) for a summer research project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Tzu-Yu Chen supervised this school student for a Nuffield summer project, it taught her research skills and wider issues regarding the removal of radionuclides by zeolites
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IAEA Summer School on Radiation Effects on Radioactive Wasteforms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Radiation Effects in Nuclear Waste Forms and their Consequences for Storage and Disposal, 12-16 September 2016, with engagement of over 30 international researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/7633/
 
Description IAEA Workshop on Management Strategies for Separated Plutonium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Expert workshop to identify and assess options for managing separated plutonium stockpiles, the presentations and discussion will input into an IAEA Technical Document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ISIS User meeting invited presentation Studies of New Ion Exchange Materials for Nuclear Clean-up 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented an invited talk at the combined ISIS User Meeting & Physical Chemistry Section of the British Crystallographic Association Meeting. There was discussion afterwards about our materials developments and how they can be used to clean up the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Immobilisation and disposal options for the UK plutonium stockpile, Media Briefing on the UK Plutonium Stockpile, Science Media Centre, London, 4 November 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Invited to brief media on options for disposition of UK plutonium and UK and allied research programme. Follow up news interview and interview for Radio 4 - Inside Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description International Plutonium Pathways Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International workshop to assess the current status of plutonium management strategy internationally. Presentation and discussion will input into expert summary report to be published by Federation of American Scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with BBC News Scotland: Hunterston B Nuclear Reactor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was interviewed by BBC News Scotland on the development of cracks within the graphite core of Hunterston B nuclear reactor, its prospects for restart and future decommissioning. The segment was broadcast throughout the day on 8 March 2019, on the BBC News Channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview with Daily Mail newspaper: GDF siting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Daily Mail newspaper on launch of siting process for UK Geological Disposal Facility for radioactive waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Scottish Daily Mail: Hunterston B Nuclear Reactor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof. Neil Hyatt was interviewed by the Scottish Daily Mail on the development of cracks within the graphite core of Hunterston B nuclear reactor, its prospects for restart and future decommissioning. Expert comment was published in an article dated 9 March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited Lecture "Enhancing the safety of nuclear decommissioning and engineering"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited presentation during a UK FCO-Science & Innovation Network Civil Nuclear Mission to Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation "Nuclear R&D at Lancaster" UK FCO-Science & Innovation Network Civil Nuclear Mission to Japan 22nd - 24th March 2015, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Japan, 23rd March 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited presentation of New Porous Inorganic Solids for Radionuclide Uptake and Safe Storage at the University of Bath, School of Chemistry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 40 researchers, a mixture of postgraduate students, academics and undergraduate students, attended a seminar that I presented
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited presentation: 10th International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation of advanced cearmic wasteform design, processing and performance assessment at 10th International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications, Singapore.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar by Joseph Hriljac "New Materials for Radionuclide Uptake and Storage" at Materials Chemistry - past, present and future (Cambridge) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited seminar by Joseph Hriljac "New Porous Inorganic Solids for Radionuclide Uptake and Safe Storage" to the School of Chemistry at the University of Reading 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited research colloquium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar by Joseph Hriljac "Zeolites and Zeotypes Designed for Radionuclide Removal and Long Term Immobilisation" at the University Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk to undergraduate chemists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited talk by Joseph Hriljac to the Birmingham Metallurgical Society "The Chemistry of Nuclear Waste Clean-up" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk open to the general public, sparked some interesting discussions regarding nuclear power and legacy vs contemporary issues of waste generation and cleanup
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Japan-UK Nuclear Research Collaboration Symposium and Fukushima research showcase, Embassy of Japan in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Joe Hriljac, Lynne Macaskie, Stephanie Handley-Sidhu and Mohamed Karmaoui attended the event for networking, information sharing and future research area topic debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Joe Hriljac, Invited Speaker and Mentor at the Indonesia-UK link workshop Pores for thought - porous materials for greener energy and the environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a workshop supported by the British Council, Royal Society of Chemistry, Himpunan Kimia Indonesia, MRS-id and Ikatan Zeolit Indonesia to bring together Indonesian and UK researchers to foster collaborations. From it a co-authored journal paper has been published and future visits planned to further collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/17155/workshop-on-porous-materials
 
Description Joe Hriljac, Postgraduate training seminar (Kyushu University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approximately 20 engineering and sciences postgraduate students attended and there was a question and discussion session afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Joe Hriljac, U. Birmingham meeting with Hitachi Researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A meeting was held to discuss joint research projects between Hitachi and Birmingham researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description LRF Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Exhibiting at the biannual Lloyd's Register Foundation International conference in London, May 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised flagship 40th anniversary MRS symposium on scientific basis for nuclear waste management, showcasing research in multiple EPSRC sponsored projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mark Read - Black Country Living Museum (Dudley) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mark Read gave a demonstration lecture Chemistry and Energy: From Steam to Nuclear Power as part of an RSC sponsored Chemistry@Work event. Enthused and inspired school pupils from yr 6 - 13 as well as the general public. Sparked much discussion and questions regarding nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mark Read - Keele University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Mark Read gave a research seminar Atomistic Simualation of Nuclear Ceramic Materials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mark Read - Seventh Int Symposium on Energy (Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mark Read gave a presentation Computer modelling of Nuclear Fuel matrices at an international conference for academic and industrial practioners in the energy field. It promoted discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mark Read - U3A Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Read gave a presentation Understanding Nuclear Power: a UK Perspective at a U3A STEM meeting. There was an enthusiastic audience and the topic generated much discussion and questions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mark Read - U3A Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mark Read gave a presentation De-mystifying Public Perception of Nuclear Power at a U3A STEM meeting. There was an enthusiastic audience and the topic generated much discussion and questions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mark Read - Xiamen Uni 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Mark Read was an invited speaker as part of the International Clean Energy Summer School and Seminar Programme and gave presentations Atomistic simulation of nuclear materials" and Nuclear Power: The UK Journey. There was an international audience from the PRC, USA and UK. Generated much interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Media and public engagement workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Delivered a media and public engagement skills summer school for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in DISTINCTIVE consortium, which was open to attendance to EPSRC sponsored researchers in nuclear energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting with Wood to discuss plutonium disposition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact meeting convened by wood to formulate uk policy in the area of plutonium reuse in mixed oxide fuel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meetng with NNL to discuss spent fuel research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with NNL subject matter expert on Spent Nuclear Fuel to discuss progress on associated research programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Modelling Water Adsorption on Plutonium Oxide Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NNL signature research seminar, Warrington 08/12/14
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Modelling the interaction of corroded Magnox surfaces with nuclear fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact WM2016, Phoenix, US, 6th-10th of March, 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Modelling the interaction of corroded Magnox surfaces with nuclear fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research Frontiers in Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management Conference, Glasgow, 23rd of November, 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Modelling the interaction of corroded Magnox surfaces with nuclear fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NDA annual PhD bursary seminar, Manchester, 20th of January, 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Modelling the interactions of corroded Magnox surfaces and nuclear fission products 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Studying Surfaces: in vacuo, in situ, in silico" conference, Royal Society of Chemistry, 22nd of January, 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NDA Supply Chain Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DISTINCTIVE exhibited at the NDA Supply Chain event in 2014 and 2015 to showcase the research programme and engage with stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description NNL Fuels Project meeting sept 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with NNL to update on spent nuclear fuels project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NNL Research Update Visit - Dec 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentations to NNL on progress in a wide range of nuclear related research projects at Lancaster
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NNL/Sellafield NDA studentship meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with NNL and Sellafield to finalise scope of NDA PhD studentship - said studentship being part of the match funding for DISTINCTIVE follow-on project TRANSCEND
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nathan Palmer - 37th RSC Solid State Chemistry Christmas Meeting (Reading) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Nathan Palmer, a PhD student funded by the NDA as part of DISTINCTIVE, gave a poster presentation Atomistic Simulations of helium behavioue in PuO2 and Pu doped UO2 (MOX)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nathan Palmer - 5th NDA PhD meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nathan Palmer, a PhD student funded by the NDA as part of DISTINCTIVE, gave a short oral presentation and poster presentation Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nathan Palmer - 6th NDA student conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nathan Palmer, a PhD student funded by the NDA as part of DISTINCTIVE, gave a poster presentation Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nathan Palmer - Nuclear Frontiers Conference (Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nathan Palmer, a PhD student funded by the NDA as part of DISTINCTIVE, gave a short oral presentation and poster presentation Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nuclear Academics Meeting Lancaster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nuclear Academics Meeting at Lancaster 4-6 sept 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Oral Presentation at JdA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact International academic conference talk on the interaction between hydrogen and uranium thin films studied by synchrotron x-ray radiation to generate feedback and descieminate results
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Participation in International Glass Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in International Glass Working Group - dissemination of research outcomes from multiple EPSRC sponsored projects with the aim of developing a state of the art unified model for glass corrosion, relevant to radioactive waste disposal; participation in expert group designing collaborative international experiments using International Standard Glass.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Particpation by Dr Bengt Tegner, Mr Joe Wellington, Ms Sophie Sutherland-Harper and Ms Eszter Makkos in the DISTINCTIVE Media and Public Engagement Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Media training workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation at discussion event (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster on a 'thin film approach to investigatingr the hydriding of uranium metal' at the challenges of hydrogen and metal (the royal society) discussion meeting to deciemenate results and to inform policymakers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presentation by Nathan Palmer "Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues" at the 6th Research Frontiers in Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management Conference in Birmnigham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nuclear academics and industrial professionals attended. Poster promoted discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation by Nathan Palmer "Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues" at the CCP5 Summer School at Lancaster University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Summer School held to train postgraduate researchers in computational methods. Poster presented of current research promoted discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation by Nathan Palmer "Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues" at the HERMES Summer School in Windsor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Summer School held to train postgraduate researchers in media communication skills. Poster presented of current research promoted discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation by Nathan Palmer "Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Ageing and Fuel Residues" at the University of Birmingham Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Conference organised locally at UoB to enable dissemination of research. Poster promoted discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation by Nathan Palmer "Atomistic Simulations of PuO2 Intrinsic Defects, Helium and their Migration" at the University of Birmingham BlueBEAR conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Annual conderence held at UoB to disseminate research done using the BlueBEAR HPC service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presented by T-Y Chen at the 4th European Crystallography School in Warsaw 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr T-Y Chen presented a poster at the 4th European Crystallography School in Warsaw, Poland in July 2017 on her research funded by DISTINCTIVE. Several people discussed her work with her demonstrating new materials for nuclear waste cleanup and were informed of the challenges and progress in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presented by T-Y Chen at the British Zeolite Association Meeting at UCLan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr T-Y Chen presented a poster at the British Zeolite Association Meeting in April 2017 on her research funded by DISTINCTIVE. Several people discussed her work with her demonstrating new materials for nuclear waste cleanup and were informed of the challenges and progress in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presented by T-Y Chen at the Gordon Research Conference on Nanoporous Materials and Their Applications in Andover, NH, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr T-Y Chen presented a poster at Gordon Research Conference in August 2017 on her research funded by DISTINCTIVE. Several people discussed her work with her demonstrating new materials for nuclear waste cleanup and were informed of the challenges and progress in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presented by T-Y Chen at the Postdocs in Nuclear Energy Meeting in Manchester September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr T-Y Chen presented a poster at a meeting with other postdoctoral researchers. Several people discussed her work with her demonstrating new materials for nuclear waste cleanup and were informed of the challenges and progress in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact "Crystal Microbalance Investigation of the Interaction of Water with Plutonium Oxide Analogues" DISTINCTIVE 1st Annual Meeting, The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, 15th - 16th April 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Direct Mass Analysis of Water Absorption onto Ceria Thin Films" IChemE Sustainable Nuclear Energy Conference (SNEC) 2016, East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, 12th - 14th April 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "AGR cladding corrosion: Investigation of the effect of temperature on sensitized and unsensitized steel", 2016 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts 27th November - 2nd December 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto ceria thin films" ATALANTE 2016, Le Courm, Montpelier, France, 5th - 10th June 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Direct mass analysis of water absorption onto ceria thin films" 2016 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts 27th November - 2nd December 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Bengt Tegner at Waste Management Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Dr Bengt Tegner at the "New Approaches to Atomistic and Quantum Simulation of Materials" Conference, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation by Dr Bengt Tegner at the "Plutonium Futures - The Science 2016" Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by George Day "Ion exchange materials research and applications at The University of Birmingham" in Sheffield at a UK/Ukraine Workshop on Chernobyl Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at an international workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation by George Day "Studies of a Novel Cs waste form" at Postgraduate Symposium in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at postgraduate symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by George Day "The solubility of Ba in a new Cs Waste Form, Cs2TiNb6O18" at the MRS meeting (Boston) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation at a conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Joseph Hriljac "Novel Zirconium Silicate and Germanate Materials for Sr and Cs Removal" at the MRS meeting (Boston) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Joseph Wellington at Waste Management Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Mark Read "Modelling of Energy Materials" at the 6th International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics at Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference for academic and industrial practioners in the energy field. Oral presentation reached an international audience and promoted discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Mark Read "Modelling of Nuclear Fuel Matrices" at the 6th Research Frontiers in Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management Conference in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nuclear academics and industrial professionals attended. Presentation promoted questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Mark Read at the Conference and Workshop on the Research Needs of Boiling Water Reactors at Bangor University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hitachi held conference for academic and industrial practioners in the nuclear reactor area. Presentation reached and international audience and promoted discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Ms Eszter Makkos at the "Studying Surfaces: in vacuo, in situ, in silico" conference of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Prof Nik Kaltsoyannis at the Ninth International Conference on Nuclear and Radiochemistry, Helsinki, Finland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Sophie Sutherland-Harper at the National Nuclear Laboratory "PuO2 studies at NNL" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical seminar to the National Nuclear Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Sophie Sutherland-Harper at the National Nuclear Laboratory technical conference. "Adsorption of chloride and water on CeO2 as a precursor to PuO2 studies" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical presentation to the National Nuclear Laboratory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation by Sophie Sutherland-Harper at the Next Generation Nuclear CDT annual meeting, entitled "Radiation effects on CeO2 in the presence of PVC" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact CDT presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation by Tzu-Yu Chen at the MRS meeting in Boston, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation" Metal Substitution in Sn-Umbite for Tailored Cs/Sr Ion Exchange and Immobilisation by Hot Isostatic Pressing" at the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to the DOE - Timothy Hunter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In 2014, Dr Timothy Hunter (University of Leeds) presented an overview of the DISTINCTIVE programme to representatives of the US DOE. The presentation including historical information on nuclear decommissioning and waste management research programmes in the UK, and possible options for collaboration. Since then, the US DOE has sat on the DISTINCTIVE International Advisory Group and has helped the consortium to arrange visits to US sites and contribute to events in the US.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Prrsentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact "Direct Mass Analysis of Water Absorption onto Ceria, Urania and Thoria Thin Films" DISTINCTIVE 2nd Annual Meeting, The At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol, 19th - 20th April 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pu Theme Meet - Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact meeting of DISTINCTIVE/TRANSCEND Plutonium theme researcher with Sellafield and NNL in order to scope out PDRA and PhD work programmes going forward
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PuO2 and Fuel Residues Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This meeting on Pu was held in Cumbria in January 2019 to harness the broad collective experience and capability of the consortium in meeting specific industry needs-led research challenges, providing a rapid and effective impact mechanism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RK Chinnam (with D Pletser and WE Lee) ACerS-GOMD 2015 (Miami, USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Degradation of International Simple Glass Cracks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ceramics.org/meetings/glass-optical-materials-division-and-deutsche-glastechnische-gesellscha...
 
Description RK Chinnam (with D Pletser and WE Lee) WM2016 (Phoenix, USA) (Due to happen 10/03/2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Is Glass Degradation only a Surface Effect: What Other Forms of Glass Degradation can Influence the Safety of Vitrified Nuclear Waste Disposal?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.wmsym.org/
 
Description RK Chinnam (with WE Lee) DISTINCTIVE Annual Meeting 2015 (Sheffield, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Degradation of International Simple Glass
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/news-blogs/1st-annual-meeting/
 
Description RK Chinnam (with WE Lee) DISTINCTIVE WP3 theme meeting (Birmingham, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Degradation of International Simple Glass under Non-idealistic Conditions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://distinctiveconsortium.org/themes/
 
Description RK Chinnam (with WE Lee) MRS Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management 2015 (Montpellier, France) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Degradation of International Simple Glass Cracks and Surface
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://mrs2015.org
 
Description RK Chinnam (with WE Lee) PacRim11 Conference 2015 (Jeju, South Korea) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Degradation of International Simple Glass Cracks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.pacrim11.org/
 
Description Radio 5 interview on Chernobyl new safe confinement and our allied decommissioning research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview to discuss completion of new safe confinement at Chernobyl Unit 4 and our related research on decommissioning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08536t6
 
Description Radio Sheffield Interview on our DISTINCTIVE research with Diamond Light Source 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio Sheffield interview, as part of World Science Day, focusing on long duration synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of cement hydration in DISTINCTIVE programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04d33t6
 
Description SMEA Lecture: Putting the Mission into UK Nuclear Decommissioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact New research collaborations identified with attending industrial companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Schools' lecture (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lecture to A level students on the periodic table, with focus on fundamental f element chemistry, and the problem of the long term fate of the UK's PuO2 stockpile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.wmctc.co.uk/Programme%2017-18.html#21nov
 
Description Sellafield & NNL Plutonium Science Day 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presenation at NNL & Sellafield Plutonium Science Day, a meeting of all key UK stakeholders in the area of plutonium research. Purpose to discuss the state of the art with respect to plutonium storage & disposition strategies and associated implementations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Plutonium Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact meeting with sellafield to present progress on plutonium storage research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield plutonium is a multi-layered problem, The Engineer, online report, 6 November 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview on plutonium disposition policy and UK research programme, which sparked online comment, questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Sheffield scientists pioneer new method for managing radioactive waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Television interview as part of World Science day, discussing radioactive waste management research associated with EPSRC sponsored projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://vimeo.com/191056195
 
Description Summer placement for Wai Tang 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Wai Tang, an undergraduate student, spent 8 weeks working in my research lab under the daily supervision of the PDRA on the award
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description TRANSCEND Advisory Board Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting of board of TRANSCEND (DISTINCTIVE follow on project) with industrial stakeholders, NNL, Sellafield, LLWR, NDA, Wood, EDF
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TRANSCEND Industry Roadshow - Jan 19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of scopes of work for TRANSCEND (DISTINCTIVE follow on project) to industry stakeholders (NNL, Sellafield, NDA, LLWR, EDF, Rolls Royce)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TRANSCEND Industry Roadshow, Dec 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of scopes of work for TRANSCEND (DISTINCTIVE follow on project) to industry stakeholders (NNL, Sellafield, NDA, LLWR, EDF, Rolls Royce)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TRANSCEND Planning Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Based on findings of DISTINCTIVE programme, plans for TRANSCEND were finalised. Presentations made to industry partners sellafield, nnl, nda,rwm ltd rolls royce, edf, awe, amec/wood.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Towards Water Adsorption on Actinide Oxide Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at the Distinctive 1st Annual Meeting,
15th -16th of April 2015, Sheffield, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Tzu-Tu Chen, Participant at the Indonesia-UK link workshop Pores for thought - porous materials for greener energy and the environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a workshop supported by the British Council, Royal Society of Chemistry, Himpunan Kimia Indonesia, MRS-id and Ikatan Zeolit Indonesia to bring together Indonesian and UK researchers to foster collaborations. From it a co-authored journal paper has been published and future visits planned to further collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/17155/workshop-on-porous-materials
 
Description Tzu-Tu Chen, Talk at the British Zeolite Association Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk was presented at the conference to a mixture of academics, industrialists and postgraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Energy Inquiry "Scotland's Energy Future" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is a major public inquiry seeking evidence on the way forward over the next 30 years in Scottish Energy Policy. We are considering all aspects of energy policy: new technologies, supply, demand, energy security, ethics, environmental and climate impacts etc. We have collected written evidence, we have a serious of planned bilateral meetings, we have met UK and Scottish Government and we have regional public meetings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.rse.org.uk/energyinquiry/
 
Description Visit by NNL to discuss progress in Spent Fuels Research Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to and disuccion with NNL on progress in Spent Fuels Research Programme at Lancaster
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to CLADS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A visit by ca. 10 UK researchers to the CLADS research facility in Japan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WM2018 - overview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium: An Overview" . Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott, Waste Management 2018, Phoenix Convention Centre, Phoenix, Arizona, 19th - 23rd March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WM2018 - plutonium talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium Theme 2: PuO2 and Fuel Residues" C. Boxall, C.L. Corkhill, N.C. Hyatt, M.J. Joyce, N. Kaltsoyannis, A. Kerridge, F.R. Livens, S.M. Pimblott, , M. Read, M.C. Stennett, Waste Management 2018, Phoenix Convention Centre, Phoenix, Arizona, 19th - 23rd March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WM2018 - spent fuel talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium Theme 1: AGR, Magnox and Exotic Spent Fuels", M. Fairweather, L. Tovey, C. Boxall, J.A. Hriljac, N.C. Hyatt, N. Kaltsoyannis, W.E. Lee, R.J. Lunn, S.M. Pimblott, D. Read, T.B. Scott, Waste Management 2018, Phoenix Convention Centre, Phoenix, Arizona, 19th - 23rd March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Water Adsorption on Actinide Oxide Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at the MCC Actinides Meeting,
21st of October, UCL, London, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Water Adsorption on Actinide Oxide Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at the Distinctive Theme 2 Meeting,
12th of November 2015, Lancaster, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Water Adsorption on Actinide Oxide Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the 9th International Conference on the f-Elements,
6th - 9th of September, Oxford, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Water Interactions with Actinide Oxide Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the half-day RSC symposium "Studying Surfaces: In Vacuo, In Situ, in Silico", 22nd of January 2016, London, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Water Interactions with Actinide Oxides from First Principles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at the 2016 Waste Management Conference,
9th of March 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Water adsorption on AnO2 surfaces (An = U, Np, Pu) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the Symposium on the Convergence of Theory and Experiment in Heavy Element Chemistry, American Chemical Society Meeting, Denver, USA, March 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Water adsorption on AnO2 surfaces (An = U, Np, Pu) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EUFEN4 conference, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Water adsorption on AnO2 surfaces (An = U, Np, Pu) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Frontiers in Environmental Radioactivity Conference, London, January 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Water adsorption on AnO2 surfaces (An = U, Np, Pu) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Symposium on Experimental and Theoretical Actinide Chemistry: From Fundamental Systems to Practical Applications, Pacifichem, Honolulu, USA, December 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description What to do with our UK plutonium stockpile, Inside Science, BBC Radio 4, broadcast on 12 November 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on plutonium disposition research in association with our project and media briefing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description actinides - spent fuel in storage talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "The Behaviour of Advanced Gas Reactor Simulated Spent Nuclear Fuels in Wet Interim Storage Conditions", E.Howett, C.Boxall, D.Hambley, R.Wilbraham, Actinides 2017, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 10th - 14th July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description actinides - spent fuel raman talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "XRD and Raman Studies of Advanced Gas Reactor Simulated Spent Nuclear Fuels Under Geological Disposal Conditions", R.Wilbraham, C.Boxall, D.Hambley, Z.Hiezl, W.Lee, C.Padovani, N.Rauff-Nisthar, Actinides 2017, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 10th - 14th July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description chernobyl workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited Lecture "Waste Management and Spent Fuel Research at Lancaster University" C.Boxall, UK / Ukraine GCRF Workshop on Chernobyl Decommissioning, Halifax Hall Hotel, Sheffield, 28th February - 1st March 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description edf teleconf sept 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact teleconference with EDF to discuss involvement in DISTINCTIVE/TRANSCEND
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description sellafield meeting - march 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact meeting with sellafield and nnl to discuss programme of radioactive work to be done by lancaster researchers at NNL during last year of DISTINCTIVE programme and beyond
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018