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Tackling the nuclear legacy: Application of low-energy electrokinetic clean-up techniques to problem nuclear contaminants and sites

Project Description

Project Rationale:
The UK government is committed to nuclear energy having an important role in delivering a secure, low-carbon and affordable energy future [1]. Successful delivery of this strategy recognises a need for focused research and development activity and skills training, particularly around new technologies for the safe decommissioning and clean-up of existing and future nuclear licensed sites. This project, linked to the RCUK-funded TRANSCEND (Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning) consortium project [2], will examine the practical application of low-energy electrokinetic (EK) clean-up techniques to problem nuclear contaminants and sites. EK techniques use a low voltage DC current to control migration of, remove or degrade contaminants in soils. This project will build on previous research by the supervisors on low-energy ex-situ electrokinetic remediation techniques [3], and will focus on applying EK techniques as practical and scalable on-site environmental management and clean-up techniques, for soils, groundwaters and other environmental materials.

Funding Notes

You can apply for fully-funded studentships (stipend and fees) from INSPIRE if you:
Are a UK or EU national.
Have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK.
Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the project.

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[1] BIS/DECC (2013) Nuclear Industrial Strategy -The UK’s Nuclear Future. BIS/13/627, HM Government.
[2] TRANSCEND University Consortium (2019) Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning.
[3] Agnew K., A.B.Cundy, L.Hopkinson, I.W.Croudace, P.E.Warwick, and P.Purdie (2011). Electrokinetic remediation of plutonium-contaminated nuclear site wastes: results from a pilot-scale on-site trial. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 186, 1405-1414.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 68.62

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