PhD in plutonium stockpile immobilisation: Investigating the effectiveness of using Ce, U and Th as surrogates for plutonium

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Materials Science and Engineering


The aim of this project s to develop scientific underpinning for application of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) to disposition of Pu residues and stockpile.

The objectives are to:
Fabricate candidate glass/ceramic wasteforms by HIP under controlled pO2
Characterise the partitioning and redox behaviour of Ce, U & Th as Pu surrogates
Establish the solid solution mechanisms of Ce, U & Th and their effectiveness as surrogates.

The project will also support NDA strategy for deployment of thermal treatment technologies.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512175/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
2371788 Studentship EP/R512175/1 01/10/2017 30/03/2021 Lewis Blackburn