Resurgence of a Nation’s Radiation Science Driven by its Nuclear Industry Needs

Laura Leay, Aliaksandr Baidak, Christopher Anderson, Choen May Chan, Aaron Daubney, Thomas Donoclift, Gemma Draper, Ruth Edge, Jeff Hobbs, Luke Jones, Darryl Messer, Mel O'Leary, Robin M. Orr, Simon Pimblott, Samir De Moraes Shubeita, Andrew Smith, Helen Steele, Paul Wady, Frederick Currell

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This article describes the radiation facilities and associated sample preparation, management and analysis equipment currently in place at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility, a facility which opened in 2011 to support the UK’s nuclear industry. Examples of measurements performed using these facilities are presented to illustrate their versatility and the breadth of research they make possible. Results are presented from research which furthers our understanding of radiation damage to polymeric materials, radiolytic yield of gaseous products in situations relevant to nuclear materials, radiation chemistry in light water reactor cooling systems, materials chemistry relevant to immobilization of nuclear waste, and radiation-induced corrosion of fuel cladding elements. Applications of radiation chemistry relevant to health care are also described. Research concerning the mechanisms of radioprotection by dietary carotenoids is reported. An ongoing, open-labware project to develop a suite of modular sample handling components suited to radiation research is described, as is the development of a new neutron source able to provide directional beams of neutrons.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11081
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Ionizing radiation
  • Nuclear science
  • Radiation chemistry in nuclear technology
  • Radiolysis
  • Radiotherapy
  • Sources of ionizing radiation

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


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