Personal profile


  • BSc. University of Kent at Canterbury 1989
  • PhD University of East Anglia 1992 
  • Research Fellow University of East Anglia 1993
  • HCM Fellow, University of Trieste, Italy 1994
  • Temporary Lecturer, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 1995 
  • Royal Society URF and Lecturer, University of Sheffield 1996-1999 
  • Royal Society URF and Lecturer, University of York 1999-2002
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester 2002 - 2005
  • Reader, University of Manchester 2005 - 2017
  • Professor of Nuclear Chemistry, University of Manchester 2017 -

Research interests

My current research follows two principal strands- development of analytical techniques for trace radioactive nuclides and control of radioactive contaminants in water-cooled nuclear reactor cooling circuits.

 Development of analytical techniques for trace radioactive nuclides 

There are several key radioactive isotopes which can be isolated from post-detonation samples to provide information on weapon physics and performance.  My research has allowed early quantification of a key diagnostic species (<1 day rather than 5-10 previously) and this has led to a change in approach to the UK nuclear diagnostics capability.

Radioactive contaminants in water-cooled nuclear reactor cooling circuits

This research is supporting the move to ‘fuelled for life’ reactor cores (PWR3) for the next generation of nuclear submarines. These have to operate without maintenance for 25 years or longer, and localised corrosion arising from formation and deposition of fine, highly contaminated particulate is potentially life-limiting. My research aims to provide confidence that PWR3 will perform as required. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


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