National Nuclear Laboratory


Sunday 25 May 2014

Nexia Solutions (formerly NSTS) University Research Alliance – Radiochemistry (Manchester)

With a business remit that includes the preservation and growth of the national nuclear technology skills’ base and capability, Nexia Solutions is keen, as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to prioritise support for science and education.

In backing this commitment, Nexia Solutions has taken positive action to halt a long decline in nuclear research and study in the UK. Investment and guidance from Nexia Solutions has supported the creation and operation of innovative University Research Alliances (URAs).

The four Nexia Solutions URAs are helping to maintain and build the skills necessary to meet the future challenges of the industry. At the University of Manchester, the URA includes the Centre for Radiochemistry Research, which was founded in 1999. It is a unique UK facility in academia and is responsible for reviving a decline in a key discipline.

As part of the activities at the URA, a collaborative venture has been undertaken with Nexia Solutions Sellafield to examine novel nuclear fuel cycle chemistry. The photograph shows Chris Jones of Nexia Solutions (left) and Roy Copping of the URA working on the synthesis of polyoxometallates containing Neptunium and Plutoniuim at Nexia Solutions Sellafield.