Advances in Nuclear Fuel Chemistry

Advances in Nuclear Fuel Chemistry

1st Edition - March 20, 2020

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  • Editor: Markus Piro
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026519
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081025710

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Advances in Nuclear Fuel Chemistry presents a high-level description of nuclear fuel chemistry based on the most recent research and advances. Dr. Markus H.A. Piro and his team of global, expert contributors cover all aspects of both the conventional uranium-based nuclear fuel cycle and non-conventional fuel cycles, including mining, refining, fabrication, and long-term storage, as well as emerging nuclear technologies, such as accident tolerant fuels and molten salt materials. Aimed at graduate students, researchers, academics and practicing engineers and regulators, this book will provide the reader with a single reference from which to learn the fundamentals of classical thermodynamics and radiochemistry.

Key Features

  • Consolidates the latest research on nuclear fuel chemistry into one comprehensive reference, covering all aspects of traditional and non-traditional nuclear fuel cycles
  • Includes contributions from world-renowned experts from many countries representing government, industry and academia
  • Covers a variety of fuel designs, including conventional uranium dioxide, mixed oxides, research reactor fuels, and molten salt fuels
  • Written by experts with hands-on experience in the development of such designs


Practising engineers and professionals including research scientists at national labs, industrial engineers, nuclear waste management professionals and safety regulators; graduate students, academics and professors of nuclear energy/engineering, fuel engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    PART A: Fundamentals
    2. Thermodynamics and kinetics
    3. Experimental Methods
    4. Modelling and Simulation

    PART B: Fuel Designs
    5. Oxide power reactor fuels
    6. Other power reactor fuels
    7. Molten salt reactor fuels
    8. Research reactor fuels

    PART C: Stages of the Fuel Cycle and Other Applications
    9. Mining and Milling
    10. Conversion and Enrichment
    11. In-reactor behaviour
    12. Reprocessing and recycling
    13. Spent fuel storage
    14. Severe accident analyses

Product details

  • No. of pages: 670
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: March 20, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026519
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081025710

About the Editor

Markus Piro

Dr. Piro earned a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada with Profs. W.T. Thompson and B.J. Lewis, and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. T.M. Besmann. Both PhD and PDF projects focused on computational thermochemistry of irradiated nuclear fuel. After the PDF, Dr. Piro worked at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) as a research scientist and then Head of the Fuel Modelling and Fission Product Transport Section, where he led a multi-disciplinary group that supported both basic and applied research for government and industry. While his research at CNL broadly involved various aspects of fuel behaviour, the focus was on nuclear fuel chemistry of various fuel types, including conventional power reactor fuel, research reactor fuel, Generation IV concepts, and some exotic (proprietary) fuel designs for industry. In 2017, Dr. Piro was awarded a Canada Research Chair of Nuclear Fuels and Materials at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (now `Ontario Tech University’). His group contributes to a number of research projects in collaboration with partners in industry and government with the ultimate goal of enhancing performance, safety, and environmental stewardship of nuclear fuels and related materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Nuclear Fuels and Materials, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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