Universities’ Nuclear Technology Forum 2024

UNTF stands as one of the oldest nuclear engineering meetings globally, offering a platform for early-career researchers to showcase their projects as well as expand their nuclear networks.

With a mix of research talks, poster presentations and networking activities, the Forum is an excellent opportunity to hear about the latest research across 7 diverse themes: Waste management and disposal; Decommissioning and remediation; Reactors (fission and fusion); Recycle and fuels; Materials; Robotics and Radiochemistry.

Conference Research Themes 

- Waste management and disposal
- Decommissioning and remediation
- Reactors (fission and fusion)
- Recycle and fuels
- Materials
- Robotics
- Radiochemistry

Conference Details

Registration: £150 

Accommodation: On-campus rooms available at £55 per night: https://tinyurl.com/yc57vruk 

Any queries, questions and to send title submissions, please email UNTF2024@leeds.ac.uk



Keynote Speakers confirmed

Dr Paul Nevitt (National Nuclear Laboratory) – UK nuclear, what does the future hold?

Dr Matthew Jackson (Sellafield Ltd.) – Translating from PhD to industry

Jon Smith–Moorhouse (Rolls-Royce) – Mobilising and evolving the workforce required to support the UK's growing nuclear sector

Monday, 8th July



Lecture Theatre B, School of Chemical and Process Engineering


Lecture Theatre C,  School of Chemical and Process Engineering

10:30 - 11:00



11:00 - 11:10


11:10 - 11:45

Keynote 1: Dr Paul Nevitt (NNL) - UK nuclear, what does the future hold?


11:45 - 12:05

Plenary: Dr. Lee Mortimer and Dr. Alastair Baker (Leeds) – Overview of Nuclear research in SCAPE


12:05 - 13:00

Speed networking event (SCAPE Foyer)


13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Nick Bramah (Lancaster) - Studies into the effect of insoluble fission products on the generation of Ag2+ for the dissolution of MOx fuel

Hasnain Gulzar (Liverpool) - Unification of Physics with Machine Learning for simulating Nuclear Reactor Core

14:00 - 14:15

Megan Pritchard (Manchester) - Development of high-temperature-steam resistant UN via the addition of UB2

Madinka Bright Mweetwa (Bangor) - Evaluation of safety limits and margins for a soluble boron-free small modular reactor core

14:15 - 14:30

Stephen Ogezo (Lancaster) - The Role of Mass Transfer and Chemical Complexation Kinetics in Advanced Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing

Hannah Tipping (Bristol) - Simulating thermal transient damage from fusion plasma excursions using combined plasma-laser exposure

14:30 - 14:45

Cintia Leite Goncalves (Bangor) - Conductivity of Uranium Nitride with Impurities and Fission Products

Sam Rohunsingh (Leeds) - Deploying Small Modular Reactors: The licensing and financing implications

14:45 - 15:00

Stephen Byrne (Lancaster) - Safe Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel under Wet Storage Conditions


15:00 - 15:20

Coffee Break

15:25 - 15:40

Bibi Shehrbano (Lancaster) - Understanding Ruthenium Volatility in Nuclear Fuel Recycling

Ewan Woodbridge (Bristol) - The Utilization of Legacy Mine Sites as Training Environments for Radiological Emergency Response Preparedness

15:40 - 15:55

Brendan Green (Lancaster) - Neutronic Analogues for Water Detection Studies in Spent Nuclear Fuel

Geraldyne Ule Duque (Bangor) - Sensitivity analysis for radionuclide production data in nuclear reactors

15:55 - 16:10

Hannah Lane (Lancaster) - An exploration of the contamination of AISI 304L stainless steel when corroded in nitric acid-based spent nuclear fuel reprocessing dissolver simulant

Lauren Walker (Manchester) - Improved quantification of f-element fission products

16:10 - 16:25

Tom Shaw (Leeds) - Efficient Manufacture of DEHiBA Through Industry 4.

Yannick Verbelen (Bristol) - Decentralised radioisotope production using open source proton accelerators

16:25 - 16:55

Poster - Flash Presentations


16:55 - 17:00

End of Day 1

17:00 - 17:40

MULTIForm lab facilities tour


18:30 - 19:00

Arrive at The Faversham


Tuesday, 9th July




08:30 - 10:00

Poster session (tea, coffee, pastries)

10:00 - 10:35

Keynote 2: Jon Smith-Moorhouse, B.Eng M.Sc (RR) - Mobilising and​ evolving the workforce required to support the UKs growing nuclear sector


10:40 - 10:55

Jack Rolfe (Lancaster) - Disposal MOX – Immobilising the UK’s Plutonium Inventory

Jake Smith (Manchester) - Improving the technology readiness levels of hydrogels for deployment in decommissioning scenarios

10:55 - 11:10

George Cook (Manchester) - Use of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for characterization in underwater environments

Aron Webster (Leeds) - Cost-Optimal Cutting and Packing for Decommissioning Nuclear Structures

11:10 - 11:25

Emine Comert (Liverpool) - Irradiation study of the effects of doping Nb2O5 and SrO on ZrO2 in ceramic pyrochlore as waste matrices

Jiaxin Hu (Leeds) - Enhanced removal of cesium from clay minerals by capacitive deionization process with surfactant

11:25 - 11:40

Jack Morris (NNL) - Cements for a Net-Zero World: Impact on the Encapsulation of Nuclear Waste

Tom King (Bristol) - Investigating Molten Lead Corrosion of Steel and Other Nuclear Specification Alloys and Coatings

11:40 - 11:55


Faisal Altamimi (Manchester) - Cobalt Ion Irradiation for Simulating Graphite Damage and Contamination

11:55 - 12:40


12:40 - 13:15

Keynote 3: Dr. Matthew Jackson (SL) - Translating from PhD to industry


13:20 - 13:35

Md Prodhan (Leeds) - Population balance modelling of solid particle flocculation through a pipe/channel'

Mariia Zimina (Bristol) - Neutron irradiated materials studies: challenges and prospects

13:35 - 13:50

Gamuchirai Sibanda (Leeds) - Simulation and Imaging of Hydrogen Bubble Release Dynamics in Granular Nuclear Waste Material

Archana Prasad (Bangor) - Evaluating the impact of magnetohydrodynamics on the thermophysical properties of liquid lead

13:50 - 14:05

David Batty (Liverpool) - Radiation Aware Navigation and Planning for Exploration of Hazardous Semi-Known Environments Using a Mobile Robot Platform

Zihao Wang (Oxford) - Stress corrosion cracking behavior of 316L with in-situ diffusible hydrogen charging in high-temperature water

14:05 - 14:20

Alex Carpenter (Bristol) - Automated Object Detection and Position Extraction of Legacy Nuclear Waste Using a Robotic Manipulator

Jessica Marshall (Warwick) - Microhardness and EBSD depth profiles of radiation-induced changes in radiation-dense cWC and RSBs

14:20 - 14:35

Ashley Dickson (Lancaster) - Radiation damage in YBa2Cu3O7 high temperature superconductors: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

Chandra Bhusan Yadav (Bristol) - Characterization of Irradiation Damage in Fe-5Cr and Fe-3Cr: A Study on the Effects of Chromium Content, Dose Rate, & Temperature

14:35 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:20

Prizes and final words



Conference closes