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Centre for Radiochemistry Research

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Our Centre is home to many different research groups, conducting a broad spectrum of world‑leading activities.

Our activities range from fundamental coordination and organometallic chemistry to the study of colloids, immobilised glasses and concrete materials, and to challenges in nuclear waste management and its environmental impact.

Our current research areas

We facilitate and support activities across the full range of radiochemical research, both within The University of Manchester and more widely. Our principal research themes are:

  • Computation
  • Coordination/organometallic chemistry (aqueous and non-aqueous)
  • Environmental analytical radiochemistry
  • Magnetism
  • Molecular materials precursors
  • Nanoparticles/colloids
  • Nuclear decommissioning
  • Nuclear forensics
  • Speciation/mobility in the environment
  • Spectroscopy (Raman, luminescence, fluorescence, XAS)

Our new facilities

After 20 years of sterling service, the old CRR labs are now closed, pending the completion of a new and expanded facility. In the new centre glove box facilities will be complemented by a full range of in-house structural, spectroscopic, magnetic, and computational characterisation techniques as part of our new role in the National Nuclear User Facility programme.