Professor Claire Corkhill is an internationally recognised expert in the corrosion and long-term degradation behaviour of materials developed for the treatment of radioactive waste.
With a life-long interest in natural sciences, Claire obtained a degree in geology and a PhD in mineralogy and geochemistry at The University of Manchester. The latter focused on the chemical dissolution of minerals at mine sites and the associated environmental pollution. In 2011, Claire was appointed postdoctoral researcher in subsurface radionuclide transport at the University of Sheffield.
Her pathway to becoming an independent researcher in radioactive waste material degradation has involved several awards: a Japan Society for the Protection of Science Fellowship (2011) at Kyushu University; a University of Sheffield Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship (2013); and, an EPSRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2016). Claire was appointed Chair in Nuclear Materials Degradation in 2021 and, in September 2023, will take up the post of Chair of Mineralogy and of Radioactive Waste Management at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.
Her expert knowledge in the field of radioactive waste materials has earned her several high profile government advisory roles, including the ministerial appointment to the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, and the appointment to HM Treasury’s Energy Working Group. She is a regular contributor to the news media, including several TV documentaries, on matters related to nuclear energy, nuclear accidents and radioactive waste.