An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780081027028

An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation

3rd Edition

Authors: Michael Ojovan William Lee Stepan Kalmykov
Paperback ISBN: 9780081027028
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st April 2019
Page Count: 450
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An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation, Third Edition examines the nuclear waste issues from the natural level of radionuclides in the environment to geological disposal of waste-forms and their long-term behavior. It covers all-important aspects of processing and immobilization, including nuclear decay, regulations, new technologies and methods. It has been updated to include a discussion of the disposal of nuclear waste from non-energy sources, as well as adding a chapter on the nuclear fuel cycle. Significant focus is given to the analysis of the various matrices used, especially cement and glass, with further discussion of other matrices such as bitumen. The final chapter concentrates on the performance assessment of immobilizing materials and safety of disposal, providing a full range of the resources needed to understand and correctly immobilize nuclear waste.

Key Features

  • The fully revised third edition focuses on core technologies and has an integrated approach to immobilization and hazards
  • New material has been added including scientific findings such as on wasteform performance and novel technological developments
  • Expanded coverage of decommissioning and decommissioning waste including clearance of bulk materials from regulatory control and novel processing approaches
  • Each chapter focuses on a different matrix used in nuclear waste immobilization: cement, bitumen, glass and new materials
  • Includes examples of successful case studies and links to relevant IAEA videos


Materials, environmental and energy scientists, engineers and researchers, Anyone researching or developing materials for nuclear waste management including processing, immobilization, storage, transportation and disposal

Table of Contents

1. Intro
2. Nuclear Decay
3. Contaminants
5. Background
6. Power NE use
7. Non-power NE
8. Regulation
9. Principles
10. Sources
11. Short Lived
12. Long
13. Processing schemes
14. Characterization
15. Pretreatment
16. Treatment
17. Cement
18. Bitumen
19. Glass
20. Ceramics
21. Transport and Storage
22. Disposal
23. Performance
24. Safety
25. Conclusion


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About the Author

Michael Ojovan

Dr. Michael I. Ojovan is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Materials Science and Waste Immobilisation at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK. He joined the Department in 2002 having previously worked more than 20 years at The Moscow Scientific and Industrial Association "Radon", the leading radioactive waste research institution of Russian Federation. He is a Fellow of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and a Technical Expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is noted for his work on metal matrix immobilisation, powder metal fuels, self-sustaining vitrification, glass composite materials, study of long-term behaviour of cementitious, bituminous and glassy waste forms, glass transition and viscosity of amorphous materials. He has published over 280 peer reviewed scientific papers, 5 book chapters, 14 IAEA documents and has 42 patents. He has published 6 books on nuclear materials including "An introduction to nuclear waste immobilization" by Elsevier 2005.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

William Lee

Dr. Lee has been Co-Director of the Institute of Security Science and technology (ISST), Chair in Ceramic Science and Engineering, and President of the American Ceramic Society. Previous positions at Imperial include Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy (with Cambridge and The Open Universities), and Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics. He is a member of the Government advisory committee The Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB), the Leverhulme Trust Panel of Advisors, the Royal Academy of Engineering International Activities Committee, and the Scientific and Environmental Advisory Board Tokamak Energy Ltd. He was from Jan 2006 to Sept 2010 Head of the Department of Materials. Bill was Deputy Chair of the Government advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) from 2007-2013, has acted as special advisor nuclear to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2013) and is an IAEA Technical Expert. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IOMMM, ACerS and the City and Guilds Institute and a Freeman of the Armourers and Brasiers livery company.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK

Stepan Kalmykov

Stepan N. Kalmykov has been Head of Radiochemistry Department and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has been known as an expert in radiochemistry and especially in environmental chemistry of actinides and fission products, radionuclide speciation, rare and radioactive metals separation and radiopharmaceutical chemistry. Stepan Kalmykov is the member of the advisory committee of “Radiochimica Acta”. He has published more than 120 research papers and several monographs, including “Actinide nanoparticle research”. Springer. 2011, 440 p. ISBN 978-3-642-11431-1. Stepan Kalmykov was an invited lecturer at several large international conferences including “Actinides” and “Migration

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Dean of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

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