Prof Melissa Anne Denecke

Scientific Director & Prof of Chemistry

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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.
  • Over 275 publications listed in Google-Scholar. h-index=39
  • 2016 receipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Becquerel Medal
  • Experienced in design, construction, commissioning and operation of advanced X-ray instrumentation for radioactive studies at large scale facilities.
  • Numerous international collaborations and networks.
  • PI or Co-PI in a broad range of activities, comprehensive natural analogue investigations, generation, stability and characterisation of actinide nanoparticles, combined spectroscopic – theoretical (quantum chemical and molecular modelling) studies, NMR applications to radioactive materials, to name a few.

External positions

Committee for Radioactive Waste Disposal, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Jul 2016 → …

Board of Directors member, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation

2016 → …

Executive Board member, Women in Nuclear Global

2014 → …

Photon Schience Committee (Vice-Chair), Deutsche Elektronen Synchrotron DESY

2010 → …

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