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Prof Katherine Morris

BNFL Research Chair in Geological Disposal

My current research focuses on the environmental behaviour of radioactive contaminants. Development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power has left a legacy of radioactively contaminated land and radioactive wastes that will be disposed of in a deep geological disposal facility. Understanding the behaviour of radioactive contaminants in these environments is essential in managing our radioactive legacy. My work uses multiple approaches to understanding radionuclide behaviour in natural and engineered environments integrating biogeochemical, spectroscopic and radiochemical techniques to gain a fuller picture of radionuclide behaviour in heterogeneous systems.

My research programme has focussed on the behaviour of problematic radionuclides such as technetium, uranium and plutonium in environmentally relevant materials. With my collaborators, I have developed state of the art approaches that allow us to interrogate the behaviour of these key radioactive contaminants in complex environments. Currently funded projects involve work on strontium, technetium, uranium, neptunium and plutonium geomicrobiology and contaminant metal behaviour in iron minerals.

Division: 
Research
Sustainability enthusiast?: 
No
Interdisciplinary themes: 
Energy
Environment

Connections

Course

Energy Resources

Renewable Energy Resources; nuclear; applied geology; global energy trends; solar energy; environmental impacts of mining; economic viability of renewables

Research

BIGRAD

Project will develop a better understanding of the geochemical and microbiological evolution of the subsurface environment surrounding a radioactive waste geological disposal facility (GDF).

http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/project/51534424-58FC-4EDA-AD1E-F4DDE01CACC2

Group

Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning

The RCRD is dedicated to research and training into the safe containment and disposal of radioactive wastes, the decommissioning of contaminated nuclear plant and the containment and remediation of radionuclides in the environment.

Keywords: 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste

Group

Dalton Nuclear Institute

Keywords: 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste, Energy, Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning

Group

water@manchester

A network to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in water-related research across The University of Manchester and with external research, government and industry organisations.

Keywords: 
Water, Climate change, Resources

Group

Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Our research focuses on the characterization of mineral-water-organic matter reactions in surface and subsurface environments. By combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we are identifying the role that microorganisms play in key environmental processes.

Keywords: 
Environment, Geology, Chemistry, Environmental biology

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Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science

Work across the WRC aims to understand and predict the behaviour of Earth surface systems and their response to human perturbation. Our cross-disciplinary research programmes have been developed in areas including geological disposal, remediation, environment & health, climate change and nanotechnology.

Keywords: 
Geology, Climate change, Nanotechnology, Nanoscience