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Members - Advanced Waste Treatment


An international multidisciplinary team with a previous research track record

The proposed project involves a multidisciplinary research team composed of three academics from the UK and three from the Republic of Korea (ROK). All have extensive track records in applied research encompassing separation science, decommissioning/decontamination, radioactive waste management and radioactive waste disposal.

This wealth of practical research experience coupled with the close working relationships team members have with the nuclear industry means the team is ideally placed to undertake and deliver this challenging project that will address some key issues in the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and management of the wastes arising from these operations.



Research is at the heart of the University of Central Lancashire’s mission and we promote a research culture based on quality and excellence. Our community of researchers is well respected by their academic peers and tackle real-world issues and problems.

Our research delivers highly cited academic outputs, as well as providing a broad range of benefits and impact to the industries, organisations and community groups with whom we work around the world. Almost 50{7245879f52f68253ddd4b87f0787270a8255b6f553fd4345578633ff1a8300dc} of the research which the University submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was assessed as 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent), with each of the 16 research areas involved demonstrating both 4* and 3* quality.

We are dedicated to cultivating a supportive and stimulating research environment that will generate the innovation required to tackle today’s global challenges.

University of Reading

University of Reading

The University of Reading is defined and driven forward by its research.

Our research helps us to discover more about ourselves and the world we live in; to build a stronger and more resilient economy; to enhance social and individual wellbeing; to deliver 21st century teaching; and to influence policy and practice both within the UK and throughout the world.

We are focused on understanding and adapting to global challenges, as well as striving to secure the common-good, the diversity of human culture, and the value of the arts within society.

Kyungpook National University (KNU)

We are now a global competitor, as such, we have to foster research capabilities that can compete with global standards and cultivate talent that will lead the world. KNU will be a university that not only creates knowledge but also leads the stream of intelligence as it takes a step ahead.

As a university with one of the nation’s largest campuses and operating infrastructures, we strive to impress the region, the nation and the world.

Kyungpook National University (KNU)
Chosun University

Chosun University

On September 9. 1946, 72,000 citizens gathered to establish the first private university in the Honam Area.

Gwangju Evening Academy, a predecessor of Chosun University, was authorized and on September 29 of that year, it opened its wide door of education to the public.The Founders’ Association affirmed the following three educational ideals of Chosun University : the establishment of a system for personal education; providing of a productive education to link the school and society; setting up of a scholarship system for talented students. These ideals put emphasis on the democratic education of individuals of character to cope with the urgent task of constructing a nation and culture, to cope with the execution of practical education in mutual relations with learning and reality , and to extend educational opportunities to talented students.

Chosun University, which has a proud historical background and university ideals, has led university innovation movement and today continues its vigorous efforts to meet the global standards of the university.


Professor Gary Bond
(UCLan) (GB) (Project P-I)

Professor Gary Bond is Head of the Centre for Materials Science and has been a visiting professor at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) Laboratory for Catalysis and Spectroscopy in Caen (2007). His research is focused on interfacial phenomena and he has substantial experience in the analysis and characterisation of solid materials. He has particular expertise in the application of carbon substrates as adsorbents, supports and catalysts. He has secured over £2M research funding from industry and government agencies including the nuclear industry. His current portfolio of projects includes two projects which are focused on the decontamination of irradiated graphite. He has published over 40 refereed publications, contributed chapters to 3 books and is the co-inventor on one patent.

Professor Harry Eccles
(UCLan) (HE) (Project Co-I)

Professor Harry Eccles is the Professor in Nuclear Materials (part-time). He is a chemist by profession, with 35 years’ research and development experience in the nuclear industry. He is recognised internationally for his separation science expertise which includes ion exchange, solvent extraction and biosorption. In the early 1970s he developed a chelate ion exchange material for the recovery of uranium from sea water. On joining BNFL in the mid 1970s he was involved in the development of U and Pu purification flowsheets for the THORP PUREX process.

Since joining UCLan he has been developing new separation processes for reprocessing irradiated fuel and for treatment of waste liquors. Also developing techniques for the decontamination of irradiated graphite and investigating the mobility of fission products within cement paste and their rate of diffusion from cement paste.

He is the first recipient of the NNL’s Life-Time achievement award.

He has published more than 50 scientific papers, contributed chapters to 4 books and is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 14 patents.

Professor Laurence Harwood
(University of Reading and his team) (LH) (Project Co-I)

Professor Laurence Harwood is a chemist by profession and Professor of Organic Chemistry at Reading since 1996, Regional Editor of Synlett since 2001 and Chief Scienitific Officer of TechnoPep since 2010. He has been working in the area of reprocessing since 2004 and has been a member of the PARTNEW, ACCEPT and SACSESS (current) EU consortia, MBase and PACIFIC EPSRC consortia, with total research income for nuclear associated projects exceeding £800K. The CyMe4BTP, BTBP and PTPhen ligands developed at Reading have become industry standards for selective minor actinide extraction from high-level waste (HLW). The recent immobilization of these ligands onto magnetic nanoparticles has provided a revolutionary process applicable to soil remediation and also to clean-up of low level liquid waste and sludges in storage ponds. He has published more than 140 refereed research publications, 10 patents, 9 review chapters and 4 books.

Professor Dae Sung Lee
(KNU) (KOR) (Project P-I)

Professor Dae Sung Lee is the Professor in Environmental Engineering and Vice Dean of the College of Engineering at Kyungpook National University. He has been a visiting professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Cambridge University in 2012. He has been working in the area of nanostructured materials and decontamination and decommissioning technology since 1997. He is recognised internationally for his nano science expertise that includes ecotoxicity, environmental application and process systems engineering. He has published more than 130 scientific papers and is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 10 patents related to treatment of radioactive waste and synthesis of nanostructured materials.

Professor Sang June Choi
(KNU) (KOR) (Project Co-I)

Professor Sang June Choi is the Professor in Environmental Engineering at Kyungpook National University (KNU) and head of the centre for decontamination and decommissioning technology funded by the National Science Foundation since 2012. In the early 1980s, he was a researcher in Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Since joining KNU he has been developing new separation processes for the treatment of radioactive waste. Recently he developed a new ion exchanger to separate cesium and strontium from the radioactive waste at high NaCl concentration. He worked with the Korea nuclear power company in order to apply his new ion exchanger to treat a radioactive waste in nuclear power plant. His current projects are also focused on the decontamination of radioactive waste. He has published more than 30 scientific papers, and is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 10 patents related to treatment of radioactive waste.

Professor Jong Soon Song
(Chosun University) (KOR) (Project Co-I)

Professor Jong-soon Song is the Professor at the Department of Nuclear Engineering in Chosun University, Korea since 1989. He has been working in the area of radioactive waste management and nuclear fuel cycles including decontamination and decommissioning of nuclear power plant and had been a Vice President of Korean Radioactive Waste Society during 2011 – 2013. He also served as a Nuclear Program Director in KISTEP (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning) during 2002 – 2004. He’s also been a Team Leader of National Task Force for Decontamination and Decommissioning in Korea under MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) and developed a 1st and 3rd Technology Roadmap for Radioactive Waste Management and Decontamination and Decommissioning in Korea as a Leader. He is currently doing several projects including Radioactive Source-term Evaluation for Decommissioning, Fukushima Site Soil Decontamination and Safety Assessment of Radioactive Waste from Decommissioning. He has published more than 50 research publications including conference proceedings and technical reports and 2 books.