- I am a radiochemist, who has studied for an MPhil Chemistry in environmental radiochemistry. I was involved in a project looking at the isotopic ratios of plutonium in soil samples from Cumbria to determine their origins (i.e. sea to land transfer, Chernobyl accident or Windscale fire), using alpha spectroscopy for Pu 239/240 & Pu-238. AMS (accelerated mass spectroscopy) was also applied to determine the Pu-239 and Pu-240, separately.
- I studied at Imperial College, for a PhD, looking at the affect of bioavailability of radionuclides in soils (BORIS). My PhD was involved with determining in-situ Kd values for Sr, Cs and Tc in soil columns under different soil , physical and chemical conditions. I used in-situ soil solution samples to extract soil solution and analyse the chemical and physical properties. At the end of the project the soil columns were harvested and the soil layers analysed, to calculate any effects of bioavaiability.
- I worked from 2005-2009 at Harwell Scientifics analysing routine samples for low level radioactivity, I was mainly involved with tritium, carbon-14, Pu, U, Am, Th, Sr and S-35.
MPhil. Chemistry (2001): University of Manchester - Pu-isotopic ratios to determine source.
MChem. Chemistry (Hons) 2:2 (1999): University of Manchester