Prof Melissa Anne Denecke


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  • International expert in the field of speciation of radioactive material on a molecular scale, having nearly 30 years’ experience in X-ray spectroscopy. 
  • Two decades R&D experience in themes related to the nuclear fuel cycle, notably deep geological disposal of radioactive waste, assessment of contamination legacies, and nuclear waste streams separations.
  • Nearly 300 publications listed in Google-Scholar. h-index=41, plus a number of books and journal bands
  • Becquerel Medal Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Radiochemistry recipient 2016
  • Experienced in design, construction, commissioning and operation of advanced X-ray instrumentation for radioactive studies at large scale accelerator facilities.
  • Strong international network; fluent in English and German, good French capabilities.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • ESRF Review Committee (C11); Mar 2018 -
  • Committee for Radioactive Waste Disposal, UK BEIS;  Jul 2016-
  • Board of Directors member, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation; 2016- 
  • Executive Board member, Women in Nuclear Global; 2014-
  • Consel Scientifique de l'Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule; 2012-
  • Photon Science Committee (Vice-Chair), Deutsche Elektronen Synchrotron DESY; 2010-
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry; GDCh, “Fachgruppe Nuklearchemie“; American Chemical Society, Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology; American Vacuum Society; International XAFS Society; Geochemical Society; Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V.; Nuclear Institute; WiN Germany, WiN UK and WiN Global. 

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