University awarded £1 million to expand pioneering nuclear materials laboratory

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has awarded a grant of £800,000 to establish a new £1.2 million research facility at the University of Sheffield, to develop new technologies for the safe treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes from a planned expansion of nuclear power in the UK.

The funding capitalises on a recent investment of £2 million by the University to create a state of the art nuclear research laboratories in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which is an internationally recognised authority in radioactive waste management and disposal.

Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “As home to one of the UK’s best and largest faculties of Engineering, the University is committed to world class research on all forms of energy.

“I welcome this funding and the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s recognition of our work on nuclear materials.”

Nuclear research is part of a wider range of energy research at the University of Sheffield, which in February 2015 launched its Energy2050 research initiative bringing together more than 120 academics active on energy research.

The University of Sheffield is also home to the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, working to supporting over 200 companies across the nuclear supply chain; and the Centre for Doctoral Training in nuclear fission – a partnership with the University of Manchester to train the next generation of nuclear PhD students.

Professor Neil Hyatt, Professor of Nuclear Materials Chemistry and Director of the Immobilisation Science Laboratory, said: “The Government has set out its expectation that nuclear power should play a significant role in the UK’s future energy mix.

“This investment by DECC will create a world leading research facility in Sheffield for innovation of new advanced radioactive waste management and disposal technologies and will be accessible by the UK and international researchers”.

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