Nuclear Materials student receives Society of Glass Oldfield Award
Materials Science and Engineering graduate Victoria Brown receives first prize in the Society of Glass Oldfield Award.
Founded in 2013, the Oldfield Award acknowledges glass research projects carried out by either undergraduate or taught masters students from across the UK and Europe.
Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering graduate Victoria Brown spent the final year of her degree working on an EPSRC and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) funded research project titled ‘Chlorine solubility in glass-ceramics for Pu disposition’.
Based within the Nuclear Immobilisation Science Laboratory (NucleUS) and supervised by PhD student Steph Thornber, Victoria was responsible for batch samples, analysis and the creation of a sample matrix, investigating chlorine solubility in glass-ceramics for plutonium disposition. Adding chlorine, as a waste impurity, to the glass-ceramic formulation to study the crystalline phases and microstructure of the final wasteform and identify the chlorine solubility limit.
Nominated by Professor Russell Hand, President of the Society of Glass, Victoria will receive the award at the upcoming Society of Glass Centenary Conference, 4th – 8th September. She will present her winning project at the conference, held at the University of Sheffield, to fellow delegates and will be presented with a cheque for £500, and one year’s free student membership to the Society.
Victoria will begin a PhD with the Department in September.
Sheffield has a long history of winners of the Oldfield Award: