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Stabilising radioactive environments for safer decommissioning

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Researcher carrying out lab experiment under ultraviolet light

Working in a UV lab, we are trialling a chemical compound, hydroxyapatite – commonly used in medical applications – to shield concrete surfaces (cube) from radionuclides: atoms that emit radiation as they undergo radioactive decay. Our aim is to determine whether hydroxyapatite could be used to stabilise environments, such as reactor containment structures, to further improve safety for engineers during nuclear decommissioning, enabling the process to be done more quickly and cost-effectively.

Entrant: Alexandru Golgojan , Civil And Environmental Engineering

Copyright: Alexandru Golgojan

Funding: University of Strathclyde JARA Scholarship and the Advanced Nuclear Research Centre

Collaborators: Susan Cumberland


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