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July 10th-13th, 2012

2012 Actinet Plutonium Futures Summer School

The 2012 Actinet Plutonium Futures Summer School was hosted by the UK National Nuclear Laboratory on 10-13 July in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

By exploring the physical, chemical and radiological properties of plutonium and the other actinides, the school introduced the Plutonium Futures - Science 2012 Conference that was held in Cambridge the following week.

47 delegates from Europe, Russia and Korea attended the sessions, during which presentations were given by distinguished speakers from NNL, AWE, CEA, SUBATECH and the universities of Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh. Students were given an intoriduction to the nuclear fuel cycle, learned about reprocessing and chemical separations, actinide coordination chemistry, condensed matter physics, radiolysis and radiation chemistry, atomistic simulation techniques, the detection of actinide species and the practicalities of storing separated plutonium.

In addition to lectures, the school included some more interactive elements held at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility, including the chemical analysis of irradiated polymers, exploring actinide chemistry using computational methods and developing strategies for the disposition of plutonium. Students also visited the NNL Central Laboratory at Sellafield and watched a live demonstration of the dissolution of a UO2 pellet and the method of separation of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel used in the PUREX process.

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