The Environmental Radioactivity Network (Env-Rad-Net) is an STFC-funded global challenge network aimed at engaging the UK’s environmental radiochemistry research community to develop the use of STFC central facilities. In particular, synchrotron (Diamond Light Source), neutron (ISIS), laser (CLF), and computing techniques (SCD).
The network can provide funding for up to 10 projects £20-£30k+ for pump priming projects linked to STFC
We will be running dedicated training courses and support for attendance of central training course (e.g. XAS data analysis courses). Training strategy will be based on small projects funded.
A core of radioactive, coated concrete, from the decommissioned spent nuclear fuel cooling pond at the Hunterston-A nuclear site (Ayrshire, UK) has provided a unique opportunity to study radionuclides within a real-world system.
X-ray spectroscopy techniques at Diamond have given scientists a new insight into the behaviour of uranium during deep disposal of radioactive waste.
Researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered that an iron oxide mineral, hematite, reacts with radioactive neptunium to ‘lock it up’ within its structure.