2023 Environment, Sustainability and Energy mid-career Prize Winner
Professor Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield
Awarded for advances in ceramic and glass materials for the safe immobilisation of radioactive waste through fundamental understanding of surface degradation processes, and advancing multi-stakeholder relationships to embed materials science in government policy.
The success of future nuclear energy generation, thought to be a low CO2 energy option, is reliant upon the safe disposal of radioactive waste. Government policy is that radioactive waste, generated from nuclear energy, should be buried in a deep underground facility to keep it safely away from humans over the hundreds of thousands of years that it will be radioactive. Professor Corkhill’s research tests the safety of this approach by measuring how quickly radioactive wastes will dissolve in natural groundwater when they are in such a facility.
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