Over the past two decades the need to accommodate wastes arising from the decommissioning of nuclear installations has gradually increased and in the next two decades will become the prime focus. It is crucial now and in the future that an integrated approach to waste management has been/is developed to ensure the overall decommissioning process produces an end product that can be disposed of safely with the minimal impact on the environment.
This programme will enhance the separation science and technology skill base in the UK and Republic of Korea (ROK). The UK’s skill base and teaching/training of separation science has diminished significantly over the past few decades. This programme will stimulate a rekindling of this discipline and encourage others to consider its importance and value.
Developing nano-structured materials consistently, using a one pot synthesis (low cost) will transcend from the nuclear sector into others that require materials with precision structures and well defined properties.
The overarching hypothesis is the development of nano-structured materials (NSMs) that have high capacities, with good selectivity, fast kinetics that are economical to prepare and can be used to treat a variety of liquid wastes generated by the nuclear industry during normal operations and from the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
The project is based on the needs of the industry and the expertise of the participants that will lead to innovative outputs and the resolution of waste management challenges, whilst providing opportunities to train young researchers.
The programme rationale has been developed with the members’ expertise and experience in-mind; the programme encompasses four components (work packages – WP) which require extensive interactions between the UK and ROK members:
A broad spectrum of stakeholders will benefit from our research programme. In summary, these benefits include: