Professor Neil C Hyatt

PhD, BSc

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Director, Immobilisation Science Laboratory and MIDAS Facility

Royal Academy of Engineering and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Research Chair in Radioactive Waste Management

Co-Director, EPSRC Next Generation Nuclear Doctoral Training Centre

Professor Neil Hyatt
n.c.hyatt@sheffield.ac.uk

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Professor Neil C Hyatt
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

Neil Hyatt was appointed to academic staff in 2003 as Lecturer in Materials Chemistry. He obtained his BSc and PhD in Chemistry at The University of Birmingham and held research appointments in industry and academia, before joining the Department in 2001 as Senior Research Fellow in the BNFL Immobilisation Science Laboratory.

Neil is a recognised authority on radioactive waste management and was appointed to a Royal Academy of Engineering research chair in 2011, supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

He served as Head of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering from 2015-18, leading the Department to outstanding success, achieving 100% student satisfaction, 100% student employability and a record high annual research income of £23M in 2017.

Research interests

Radioactive waste management and disposal
Our focus is on developing strategy, materials, processes and policy to support the safe, timely and efficient clean up of the UK radioactive waste legacy. A key aspect of our research is the design, manufacture and performance assessment of glass and ceramic materials for the immobilisation of plutonium residues, legacy intermediate-level wastes, and high-level wastes from reprocessing operations. We work closely with industrial organisations, including Sellafield Ltd., the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory to address real-world challenges of radioactive waste management. Our work has supported the development of a thermal treatment strategy by Sellafield Ltd. and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the acceptance of vitrified intermediate-level wastes in conceptual designs for the UK Geological Disposal Facility.

Advanced nuclear materials
Research is focused on the development of new materials and processes for application in future nuclear fission and fusion fuel cycles. We are currently developing novel processing methods for advanced cermet fuels with application in naval reactor concepts, ceramic clad materials for accident tolerant nuclear fuels, and the application of molten salts technology to reprocessing of nuclear fuels. We are also working on new waste management strategies for future fuel cycles, to reduce the ultimate geological disposal footprint.

Structure-property relations in mixed metal oxides
Research is focused on the study of structure-property relationships in perovskite-related oxides showing a range of useful physical properties such as high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance and anisotropic magnetic exchange. Recent work has investigated structure-property relationships in layered perovskite ferroelectric oxides and oxide-fluorides.

Research associates
Dr Martin Stennett (Ceramic wasteforms)
Dr Claire Corkhill (Nuclear geochemistry)
Dr Amy Gandy (Radiation effects in nuclear materials)

Visiting research fellow
Dr Ewan Maddrell (National Nuclear Laboratory)

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Scourfield S, Kent J, Banford A & Hyatt N (2020) Thermal treatment of radioactive waste conference: Theramin 2020. Thermal treatment of radioactive waste conference: Theramin 2020. Manchester, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason A, Thornber S, Stennett M, Gardner L, Lützenkirchen-Hecht D & Hyatt N (2019) Preliminary investigation of chlorine speciation in zirconolite glass-ceramics for plutonium residues by analysis of Cl K-edge XANES. MRS Advances, 21 October 2019 - 24 October 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vasconcelos RGW, Idiart A, Hyatt NC, Provis JL & Corkhill CL (2018) Leaching of Nirex Reference Vault Backfill cement by clay, granite and saline groundwaters. MRS Advances, Vol. 3(21) (pp 1175-1180), 30 October 2017 - 3 November 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mao X, Yuan X, Brigden CT, Tao J, Hyatt NC & Miekina M (2017) Corrosion of inconel in high-temperature borosilicate glass melts containing simulant nuclear waste. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MATERIALS SCIENCE, RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (MSREE 201 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mann C, Thorpe C, Milodowski AE, Field LP, Shaw RP, Boast L, Hand R, Hyatt NC, Provis JL & Corkhill CL (2017) Interactions between Simulant Vitrified Nuclear Wastes and high pH solutions: A Natural Analogue Approach. MRS Advances, Vol. 2(12) (pp 669-674) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Thornber SM, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2017) Investigation of Ce incorporation in zirconolite glass-ceramics for UK plutonium disposition. MRS Advances, Vol. 2(13) (pp 699-704) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Boast L, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2017) Thermal treatment of plutonium contaminated material (PCM) waste. MRS Advances, Vol. 2(13) (pp 735-740) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Lee T-H, Bailey DJ, Johnstone EV, Heo J & Hyatt NC (2017) Ceramic Immobilization Options for Technetium. MRS Advances, Vol. 2(13) (pp 753-758) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bailey DJ, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2016) Synthesis and Characterization of Brannerite Wasteforms for the Immobilization of Mixed Oxide Fuel Residues. Procedia Chemistry, Vol. 21 (pp 371-377), 5 June 2016 - 10 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Thornber S, Heath P, Maddrell E, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2016) Investigation of Processing Parameters for the Consolidation of Actinide Glass-Ceramic Wasteforms by Hot Isostatic Pressing. MRS Advances, Vol. 1(63-64) (pp 4269-4274) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gandy AS, Stennett MC, Brigden C & Hyatt NC (2015) Ion Beam Irradiation Induced Structural Modifications in Iron Phosphate Glasses: A Model System for Understanding Radiation Damage in Nuclear Waste Glasses. MRS Proceedings, Vol. 1757 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Corkhill CL, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2015) Solution Composition Effects on the Dissolution of a CeO2 analogue for UO2 and ThO2 nuclear fuels. MRS Proceedings, Vol. 1744 (pp 185-190) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tan S, Ojovan MI, Hyatt NC & Hand RJ (2015) MoO3 incorporation in alkaline earth aluminosilicate glasses. MRS Proceedings, Vol. 1744 (pp 67-72) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt N, Fox K, Idemitsu K, Poinssot C & Whittle K (2013) Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings: Preface. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1518 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gardner L, Bernal Lopez S, Corkhill C, Collier N & Hyatt N (2013) Assessment of magnesium potassium phosphate cement as an encapsulant for radioactive waste: 1, Immobilisation of 99Tc. 33rd annual conference on Cement and Concrete Science. Portsmouth, England, 2 September 2013 - 3 September 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gardner L, Corkhill C, Bernal Lopez S, Collier N & Hyatt N (2013) Assessment of magnesium potassium phosphate cement as an encapsulant for radioactive waste: 2, Radiation tolerance. 33rd annual conference on Cement and Concrete Science. Portsmouth, England, 2 September 2013 - 3 September 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Pinnock IJ & Hyatt NC (2012) Rapid microwave synthesis of Pb5(VO4)3X (X = F, Cl, Br and I) vanadinite apatites for the immobilisation of halide radioisotopes.. MRS Proceedings, Vol. 1475 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Squire J, Maddrell ER, Hyatt NC & Stennett MC (2011) Developing the plutonium disposition option: Ceramic processing concerns. Ceramic Transactions, Vol. 227 (pp 241-249) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gilbert M, Davoisne C, Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Peng N, Jeynes C & Lee WE (2011) Krypton and helium irradiation damage in yttria-stabilised zirconia. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1298 (pp 197-202) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Reid DP, Stennett MC, Ravel B, Woicik JC, Peng N, Maddrell ER & Hyatt NC (2010) The structure of ion beam amorphised zirconolite studied by grazing angle X-ray absorption spectroscopy. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS, Vol. 268(11-12) (pp 1847-1852) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davoisne C, Lee WE, Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Peng N & Jeynes C (2010) Irradiation effects in ceramics for plutonium disposition. Ceramic Transactions, Vol. 222 (pp 3-9) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Reid DP, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2010) Sythesis and structures of Gd2(Zr2-xCe x)O7: A model ceramic system for plutonium disposition. Ceramic Transactions, Vol. 222 (pp 11-20) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Jenni A & Stennett MC (2010) Stability of Cs-Ionsiv in Portland cement blends for radioactive waste disposal. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1265 (pp 221-226) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gilbert MR, Selfslag C, Walter M, Stennett MC, Somers J, Hyatt NC & Livens FR (2010) Synthesis and characterisation of Pu-doped zirconolites –(Ca1−xPux)Zr(Ti2-2xFe2x)O7. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 9 (pp 012007-012007) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Biggs S, Fairweather M, Young J, Hyatt N & Livens F (2009) The DIAMOND University Research Consortium: Nuclear Waste Characterisation, Immobilisation and Storage. ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Pickett DA & Rebak RB (2009) Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings: Preface. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1124 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bingham PA, Connelly AJ, Hand RJ, Hyatt NC & Northrup PA (2009) Incorporation and speciation of sulphur in glasses for waste immobilisation. GLASS TECHNOLOGY-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GLASS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PART A, Vol. 50(3) (pp 135-138) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Biggs SR, Livens FR & Young JC (2009) DIAMOND: Academic Innovation in Support of UK Radioactive Waste Management. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXII, Vol. 1124 (pp 77-82) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2009) Microwave processing of glasses for waste immobilisation. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXII, Vol. 1124 (pp 147-152) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bingham PA, Hyatt NC, Hand RJ & Wilding CR (2009) Glass Development for Vitrification of Wet Intermediate Level Waste (WILW) From Decommissioning of the Hinkley Point 'A' Site. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXII, Vol. 1124 (pp 161-166) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Reid DP, Maddrell ER, Peng NH, Jeynes C, Kirkby KJ & Woicik JC (2009) Characterisation of Ion Beam Irradiated Zirconolite for Pu Disposition. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXII, Vol. 1124 (pp 243-248) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Burakov B, Gribova V, Kitsay A, Ojovan M, Hyatt NC & Stennett MC (2009) SYNTHESIS OF CRYSTALLINE CERAMICS FOR ACTINIDE IMMOBILISATION. ICEM2007: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION AND RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT, PTS A AND B (pp 255-258) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Reid DP, Maddrell ER, Peng N, Jeynes C, Kirkby KJ, Woicik JC & Ravel B (2009) Heavy ion implantation combined with grazing incidence X-ray absorption spectroscopy (GIXAS): A new methodology for the characterisation of radiation damage in nuclear ceramics. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1193 (pp 67-72) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Metcalfe BL, Fong SK, Gerrard LA, Donald IW, Welch ES, Stennett MC & Hyatt NC (2009) The relative merits of oxides of hafnium, cerium and thorium as surrogates for plutonium oxide in calcium phosphate ceramics. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1193 (pp 79-86) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Connelly AJ, Stennett MC, Livens FR & Bilsborrow RL (2008) In situ characterization of model UK nuclear waste glasses by X-ray absorption spectroscopy under process conditions. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXI, Vol. 1107 (pp 223-229) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Gilbert M, Livens FR & Maddrell ER (2008) Towards a single host phase ceramic formulation for UK plutonium disposition. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXI, Vol. 1107 (pp 413-420) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bingham PA, Hand RJ, Stennett MC, Hyatt NC & Harrison MT (2008) The use of surrogates in waste immobilization studies: A case study of plutonium. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXXI, Vol. 1107 (pp 421-428) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Whittle KR, Smith KL, Hyatt NC & Lumpkin GR (2008) Neutron and resonant X-ray diffraction studies of zirconolite-2M. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1107 (pp 331-337) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Maddrell ER, Scales CR, Livens FR, Gilbert M & Hyatt NC (2007) An evaluation of single phase ceramic formulations for plutonium disposition. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXX, Vol. 985 (pp 145-150) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Morgan S, Stennett MC, Scales CR & Deegan D (2007) Characterisation of plasma vitrified simulant plutonium contaminated material waste. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXX, Vol. 985 (pp 393-398) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Stennett MC, Fiddy SG, Wellings JS, Dutton SS, Maddrell ER, Connelly AJ & Lee WE (2006) Synthesis and characterisation of transition metal substituted barium hollandite ceramics. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX, Vol. 932 (pp 583-590) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Maddrell ER, Gibb FGF, Moebus G & Lee WE (2006) Microchemical and crystallographic characterisation of fluorite-based ceramic wasteforms. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX, Vol. 932 (pp 623-630) RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLoughlin SD, Hyatt NC, Hand RJ & Lee WE (2006) Corrosion of archaeological model glasses after 32 years of burial at Ballidon. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX, Vol. 932 (pp 1065-1072) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stennett MC, Hyatt NC, Lee WE & Maddrell ER (2006) Processing and characterisation of fluorite-related ceramic wasteforms for immobilisation of actinides. Ceramic Transactions, Vol. 176 (pp 81-90) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hand RJ, Short RJ, Morgan S, Hyatt NC, Mobus G & Lee WE (2005) Molybdenum in glasses containing vitrified nuclear waste. GLASS TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 46(2) (pp 121-124) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Short RJ, Hand RJ, Lee WE, Livens F, Charnock JM & Bilsborrow RL (2005) The structural chemistry of molybdenum in model high level nuclear waste glasses, investigated by MO K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND WASTE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES IN THE CERAMIC AND NUCLEAR INDUSTRIES X, Vol. 168 (pp 179-187) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC & Gameson I (2005) The crystal structures of some transition metal stabilised mercury cuprate superconductors. HIGH-TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTOR MATERIALS, DEVICES, AND APPLICATIONS, Vol. 160 (pp 81-88) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC & Knight KS (2005) Ferroelectric behavior in the aurivillius phase Bi3Ti1.5W0.5O9. SYNTHESIS, PROPERTIES, AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY OF PEROVSKITE-BASED MATERIALS, Vol. 169 (pp 151-159) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Taylor KJ, Gibb FGF & Lee WE (2004) Crystallisation of Magnox waste glass under conditions of high temperature, very deep, geological disposal. GLASS TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 45(2) (pp 68-70) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Morgan S, Rose PB, Hand RJ, Hyatt NC, Lee WE & Scales CR (2004) The characterization and dissolution of high level waste calcine in alkali borosilicate glass. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND WASTE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES IN THE CERAMIC & NUCLEAR INDUSTRIES IX (pp 101-110) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rose PB, Ojovan MI, Hyatt NC & Lee WE (2004) Crystallisation within simulated high level waste borositicate glass. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVIII, Vol. 824 (pp 321-326) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Short RJ, Hand RJ & Hyatt NC (2004) An investigation into the oxidation state of molybdenum in simplified high level nuclear waste glass compositions. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVII, Vol. 807 (pp 169-174) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Hriljac JA, Choudhry A, Malpass L, Sheppard GP & Maddrell ER (2004) Zeolite - Salt occlusion: A potential route for the immobilisation of iodine-129?. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVII, Vol. 807 (pp 359-364) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Morgan S, Hand RJ, Hyatt NC & Lee WE (2004) Interactions of simulated high level waste (HLW) calcine with alkali borosilicate glass.. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVII, Vol. 807 (pp 151-156) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Lee WE, Hand RJ, Abraitis PK & Scales CR (2004) Vapour phase hydration of blended oxide - Magnox waste glasses. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVII, Vol. 807 (pp 181-186) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Taylor KJ, Gibb FGF & Lee WE (2004) A study of magnox waste glass under conditions of high temperature, very deep, geological disposal.. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVII, Vol. 807 (pp 199-204) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Short RJ, Möbus G, Yang G, Hand RJ, Hyatt N & Lee WE (2004) Analytical STEM of borosilicate glasses containing molybdates. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 824 (pp 351-356) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC & Hriljac JA (2003) Disorderly conduct in Bi(2)Ln(2)Ti(3)O(12) aurivillius phases (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm). SOLID-STATE CHEMISTRY OF INORGANIC MATERIALS IV, Vol. 755 (pp 335-340) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Short RJ, Hand RJ & Hyatt NC (2003) Molybdenum in nuclear waste glasses - Incorporation and redox state. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVI, Vol. 757 (pp 141-146) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hyatt NC, Lee WE, Hand RJ, Ojavan MI, Abraitis PK & Scales CR (2003) Vapour phase hydration of magnox waste glass. SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT XXVI, Vol. 757 (pp 183-188) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vigor JE, Murray CA, Tang CC, Corkhill CL, Bernal Lopez S, Hyatt NC & Provis JL () In-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of the hydration of highly substituted slag blended cements. 14th International Congress on Chemistry of Cement (ICCC). Beijing, China, 13 October 2015 - 16 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gardner LJ, Bernal Lopez SA, Walling SA, Corkhill CL, Provis JL & Hyatt NC () High-resolution multi-nuclear NMR characterisation of a novel GBFS/MKPC binder for nuclear waste encapsulation. 34th Annual Conference on Cement and Concrete Science. Sheffield, UK, 14 September 2014 - 16 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gardner LJ, Lejeune V, Corkhill CL, Bernal Lopez SA, Provis JL & Hyatt NC () High temperature study of FA/MKPC binders for nuclear waste encapsulation. 34th Annual Conference on Cement and Concrete Science. Sheffield, UK, 14 September 2014 - 16 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Hyatt NC (2017) Written Evidence: House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Priorities for Nuclear Research and Technologies View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Provis J, Bernal S, Corkhill C, Collier N, Kinoshita H, Hyatt N, Gardner L, Chavda M, Mobasher N, Walling S , Hussein O et al (2014) Cements@Sheffield - Recent advances in cement matrices for nuclear waste immobilisation in the UK context. IGDTP - Geodisposal 2014. Manchester, UK.. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Hyatt NC (2018) Written evidence prepared for: The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee's inquiry on Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Project students
Valentin Lejeune (High temperature behaviour of novel cements)
Philip O’Connor (Spark plasma sintering of advanced ceramics)
Andrew Price (Processing of magnesium aluminosilicate glasses)
Yeudong Yu (Thermal treatment of radioactive sludge)

Research students
Daniel Crean (Geochemistry and remediation of DU contamination at MOD Eskmeals)
Nate Cassingham (Dissolution mechanisms of UK HLW glass)
Jonathan Squire (Ceramic processing for immobilisation of plutonium residues)
Robert Shaw (Dust scrubber chemistry at the Sellafield Waste Vitrification Plant)
Kris James (Reactor concepts for civil nuclear marine applications)
Paul Heath (Hot isostatic pressing of radioactive wastes)
Laura Gardner (Radiation stability of novel cementing systems)
Laura Casey (Ion beam irradiation studies of ceramics for actinide disposition)
Daniel Bailey (Ceramic wasteforms for future fuel cycles)
Stephanie Thornber (Processing of glass-ceramics for plutonium residues)
Luke Boast (Thermal treatment of plutonium contaminated materials)
Marika Hietala (Socio-economics, policy and strategy in nuclear decommissioning)

Professional activities
  • Royal Academy of Engineering & NDA Research Chair in Radioactive Waste Management.
  • Member of Steering Group for EPSRC DISTINCTIVE Consortium.
  • Chair of MRS Symposium on Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXXVI, 2012.
  • Pfeil Award of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 2012.
  • Chair of International Scientific Advisory Committee, for the MRS Symposium on Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management.
  • >30 invited presentations since 2011, including ACS Spring Meeting, San Diego, 2012; British Embassy, Tokyo, 2012; Materials Chemistry 11, Warwick, 2013.

Neil has is active in public and media engagement, providing expert commentary on nuclear energy issues and supporting the public understanding of science.

He worked with designer Zoe Papadopoulou, to co-create the interactive Nuclear Dialogues installation with the Nuclear First DTC. The exhibit was shown at the EPSRC Impact! Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, displayed in the Wellcome Trust window, and as far afield as the Bejing International Design Festival.

Neil also contributed to a BBC Radio 3 documentary 'Staying Bright – A Century of Stainless Steel', describing the important role of this material in the nuclear industry. Following the partial meltdown of the Fukushima reactors in 2011, Neil has provided expert comment in more than 20 radio and television interviews and over 30 news articles published in print and online. Highlights include: