Prof Scott Heath

Professor of Nuclear Chemistry

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Research interests

My current research follows two principal strands- development of analytical techniques for trace radioactive nuclides and control of radioactive contaminants in water-cooled nuclear reactor cooling circuits.

 Development of analytical techniques for trace radioactive nuclides 

There are several key radioactive isotopes which can be isolated from post-detonation samples to provide information on weapon physics and performance.  My research has allowed early quantification of a key diagnostic species (<1 day rather than 5-10 previously) and this has led to a change in approach to the UK nuclear diagnostics capability.

Radioactive contaminants in water-cooled nuclear reactor cooling circuits

This research is supporting the move to ‘fuelled for life’ reactor cores (PWR3) for the next generation of nuclear submarines. These have to operate without maintenance for 25 years or longer, and localised corrosion arising from formation and deposition of fine, highly contaminated particulate is potentially life-limiting. My research aims to provide confidence that PWR3 will perform as required. 

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Research and projects

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