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Manchester combines with Sellafield on nuclear centre.

A [pounds sterling]1.2 million centre to research the decontamination and safe storage of nuclear waste is being set up at Manchester University in partnership with the Sellafield operating company.

The centre will support Sellafield's decontamination and effluent treatment centre of expertise by tapping into the university's research work at the Dalton Nuclear Institute. It will also build on research programmes at the university's Centre for Radiochemistry Research and the Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning.

The aim of the collaboration is to develop new technologies, as well as enhance understanding of key nuclear technologies and develop effective and sustainable decontamination approaches.

Dr Nick Bryan from the university's school of chemistry said: "The new centre is an opportunity for the university to enhance its nuclear research and to strengthen its links with a vital part of the nuclear industry" Professor Andrew Sherry, director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, said: "We are delighted to be working strategically with Sellafield in this important area. The research excellence in our laboratories at Manchester and at our newly opened Dalton Cumbrian Facility at West-lakes will provide the new understanding needed to deliver step changes in decontamination and effluent treatment technologies".

Sellafield Ltd is responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority at the Sellafield site.

Over the next few years, 10 PhD students will be recruited to interdisciplinary research projects that will address challenges in the areas of nuclear decontamination and effluent treatment.



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Title Annotation:News; Manchester University
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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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