Radioactive sample preparation for x‑ray microfocus / nanoprobe analysis (GL)

PI: Gareth Law, University of Manchester.

Through collaboration with researchers from Kyushu University, Japan, we seek to build on work at the University of Manchester (UoM) concerning ‘hot’ particle characterisation and weathering in environmental systems (NERC NE/M014088/1, 2015-2018; AWE/EPSRC studentship, 2016-2019). Specifically, we will develop sample preparation facilities at the UoM for synchrotron based micro-focus and nano-probe characterisation of heterogeneous, radioactive samples. Such facilities do not currently exist in the UK other than for work with low-level U samples. To commission this new facility, we will prepare a range of novel Fukushima-Daiichi and Chernobyl hot particle bearing samples for characterisation at the Diamond Light Source (DLS). The sample preparation capability will then be made available to the wider nuclear research community, providing a long-term Env-Rad-Net legacy.