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Nuclear Waste Glass Durability as a Function of Groundwater Composition

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual who wishes to learn about radioactive waste management in the UK with a desire to help influence Government policy on nuclear waste disposal. We are offering an opportunity for a 4 year, fully-funded PhD within the world-leading Immobilisation Science Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

This PhD project focuses on determining the long-term (>10,000 yrs) behaviour of nuclear waste glass within a geological disposal facility. The outcome will be a detailed mechanistic understanding of glass durability as a function of groundwater geochemical species, through a series of corrosion experiments coupled with geochemical modelling. The successful applicant will work in the Immobilisation Science Laboratory at the University of Sheffield, a world-leaching centre for nuclear waste research, alongside 45 other PhD students. You will have access to the brand new £2M suite of dedicated radiation-controlled laboratory facilities and will have the opportunity to perform experiments using state-of-the-art facilities at the University and worldwide (e.g. National Synchrotron Light Source II, New York, USA). We strongly encourage applicants to take a short placement within the nuclear industry (e.g. NNL, Sellafield Ltd. etc.).

Funding Notes

This project would suit a candidate with a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor or Masters degree in any of the following: materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, geology or related subjects. To be eligible for a studentship, you must either be a U.K. citizen or a European Union national who has been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to starting the course. For more information, contact Dr. Claire Corkhill ().

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?
Materials Science and Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80

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