Lancaster hosts one of the UK’s strongest university-based nuclear centres with internationally recognised capabilities.
We specialise in:
- nuclear safety and policy
- radiation detection and safeguards
- control and robotics
- decommissioning and waste management
- nuclear process chemistry
- environmental behaviour
- optimal nuclear fuel cycles
Our research capabilities are applied in the industrially and strategically important areas of decommissioning and clean up, waste management, geological disposal, nuclear safety and regulation, safeguards and security, fuel cycle development, existing operation support and new build generation III reactors and future generation IV reactors e.g. molten salt reactors.
Lancaster leads the new Lloyd's Register Foundation International Joint Research Centre for the Safety of Nuclear Energy, which is a joint undertaking with the Universities of Harbin (China), Tennessee and Coventry, is a partner in the Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training with Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool, and is active in supporting the work of government.
For example, we are leading a joint EPSRC/Department of Energy & Climate Change project, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, for the second phase of the National Nuclear Users' Facility, which will enable the most sensitive neutron multiplicity calorimeter in the world to be established based on Lancaster capability.
In addition, bilateral cooperation with ETHZ, Switzerland, is also carried out in the field of nuclear material analysis. Finally, optimisation of the nuclear fuel cycle combining extraction of uranium from seawater and its burning in small modular molten salt reactors is also studied at the laboratory level.