2023 Dalton Emerging Researcher Prize Winner
Dr Josef Boronski, University of Oxford
Awarded for groundbreaking investigations into actinide-cyclobutadienyl chemistry, leading to the preparation of a σ-aromatic cluster featuring direct actinide-actinide bonding.
Actinide elements, such as uranium, are used as nuclear fuel and are produced as waste during the generation of nuclear energy. The radioactive nature of these elements means they are more challenging to investigate and are relatively poorly understood.
Dr Boronski’s fundamental research reveals some insight into the chemistry of actinides at the interface of the metallic and molecular phases. This information is of relevance to the environmental behaviour and speciation of actinide elements. It has the potential to inform new methods for the recycling of spent nuclear fuel or for the separation and management of the components of nuclear waste.
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