Dr Amber Rose Mason

PhD MPhys

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research Associate in Nuclear Materials Durability

Dr Amber Rose Mason
amber.mason@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5951

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Dr Amber Rose Mason
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

Amber has been a PDRA in the Immobilisation Science Laboratory since October 2020, working with Dr Claire Corkhill on an RWM funded project to develop our understanding of the dissolution of ceramic materials designed for the immobilisation of the UK PuO2 stockpile. This work is a continuation of her PhD supervised by Professor Neil Hyatt, titled ‘Development, optimisation and dissolution of glass and ceramic wasteforms for the immobilisation of the UK PuO2 stockpile’.

Qualifications

PhD, University of Sheffield, 2021

MPhys, University of Sheffield, 2014

Research interests

Dissolution of ceramic wasteform materials

Understanding how ceramic wasteforms dissolve is crucial to predicting their long-term behaviour, and therefore their suitability for disposal in a geological disposal facility (GDF). These materials are extremely durable, which makes them excellent candidates for Pu immobilisation, but understanding how they dissolve is challenging. This understanding is vital for the contributing to the safety case for the disposal of these materials.

Other research interests:

  • Ceramic and glass wasteforms for PuO2immobilisation
  • Hot isostatic pressing
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  • Policy surrounding the geological disposal of nuclear waste
Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers