Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is of increasing interest in the environment for health reasons but also has potential uses in many areas of science. This project, working with industrial partners expert in production of radon assay instrumentation, aims to develop new technology towards better detection and understanding of so-called unattached radon progeny. This refers to the decay products of radon that are associated with fine aerosols in the environment and that therefore become particularly harmful to humans via inhalation into the lungs. The project combines the physics of radiation detection, with development of radon instrumentation, new assessments of the physical behaviour of radon in different environments, including interaction with atmospheric pollution, and work with industry in a variety of situations and applications.
Science Graduate School: As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.