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PhD iCASE studentship - Assessing volatility during the vitrification of model ILW wastestreams

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    Prof R Hand
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  • 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 at the University of Sheffield, within the world-leading Immobilisation Science Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The project is a 4 year i-CASE award funded by the EPSRC and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

The project will involve a technology independent, detailed study on the incorporation of representative model intermediate level waste (ILW) streams in different glass wasteforms. It will involve state of the art characterisation techniques including in-situ measurements during melting to determine the kinetics of volatile evolution and the relationships between processing temperature, volatile component evolution, waste incorporation rates, redox conditions and glass viscosity. An expected outcome of the project is a model relating melt chemistry and physical properties with the kinetics of volatile species evolution to provide fundamental scientific underpinning to the use of vitrification technologies in the immobilisation of ILW wastestreams. Although much of the work will use non-radioactive simulant materials, it is expected that some work using radioactive materials will be undertaken as part of the project.

The successful applicant will work in the Immobilisation Science Laboratory at the University of Sheffield, a world-leaching centre for nuclear waste research, alongside 40 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. In addition the successful application will spend at least 3 months working at NNL’s facilities in West Cumbria (Sellafield or Workington) during their studies.

Funding Notes

This project would suit a candidate with a 1st or 2:1 Bachelors or Masters degree in any of the following: materials science, chemistry or physics or related subjects.

To be eligible for the 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 degree. For further information please contact the lead supervisor Prof Russell Hand ([email protected]).

This project will attract an enhanced stipend of £16.5k/yr for a suitably qualified candidate.

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Materials Science and Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80

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