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New research identifies Fukushima reactor unit 1 material in environment

Through the analysis of sub-mm particulate sourced from the environment, new research published today in Nature Communications by scientists from the University of Bristol, Diamond Light Source and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has identified specific fallout particles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the environment that give insights into the events that […]

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First ever images of fuel debris fallout particles from Fukushima Daiichi unveiled

Unique synchrotron visualisation techniques offer new forensic insights into the provenance of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident to understand the sequence of events related to the accident In April 2017, a joint team comprising the University of Bristol, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron […]

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Radioecology & the Nuclear Renaissance

  • Date: Wednesday 6th February
  • Time: refreshments at 5.30pm for 6pm start
  • Location: Peel Lecture Theatre, Geographical Sciences Building


This is a South West Nuclear Hub Nuclear Seminar Series talk that is open to all and free to register.


Radioecology & the Nuclear Renaissance: Insights and Challenges

Nuclear industries have to comply with national and international dose limits for radiation exposure to humans and other organisms.  Radioecology underpins these dose limits by studying all aspects of the fate and impact of radioisotopes in the environment.

Radioecology has provided some secure insights based on long-term studies but has also revealed some significant, and challenging, gaps and controversies. Using recent studies at Chernobyl and Fukushima in particular, in this talk Professor Willey will provide an overview of the key findings and key challenges in radioecology.


Professor Neil Willey, University of the West of England

Professor Willey's research focuses on plants and pollutants, in particular the uptake and effects of environmentally relevant radionuclides and toxic metals. He has expertise in the mechanisms of uptake, the phylogenetic constraints on uptake, and the molecular effects of radionuclides in plant cells. His research is used to predict soil-plant transfer of radionuclides in models of radionuclide movement in natural and agricultural ecosystems.

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Partnership Agreed with JAEA for environmental research in Fukushima

Dr Peter Martin and Professor Tom Scott from the Interface Analysis Centre recently travelled to Fukushima in Japan, to secure a five year partnership with the Japanese Atomic Energy Authority (JAEA) to work on isotopic and environmental aspects of the fallout material contaminating the area resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The week-long trip […]

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Nuclear Seminar Series: The Fukushima Accident- From 2011 to 2111

The South West Nuclear Hub's Seminar Series returns with a talk on the Fukushima accident, and the nuclear research being undertaken at the University of Bristol


Key details

Date: Wednesday 9th May

Time: 6pm

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University of Bristol

Light refreshments from 5.30pm


If you are unable to attend the talk will be streamed live on YouTube here:


In order for us to be able to cater accordingly please register on Eventbrite: https://nuclearseminarseries-fukushima.eventbrite.co.uk

Talk Description

Fukushima has become synonymous with nuclear power gone disastrously wrong. The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 delivered a double blow to one of Japan’s biggest nuclear power plants. Within the space of a few hours three of Fukushima-Daichi’s reactors were unavoidably headed towards catastrophic meltdown.

The Japanese government, along with many international partners including the University of Bristol, are currently undertaking the world’s largest engineering project: the locating, characterising, removing and storing of highly radioactive fuel debris and contaminated water. Suggested timelines for the safe decommissioning of the site often exceed 100 years.

This talk will cover the events leading up to the accident, the current status of the site and the future roadmap to recovery. Recent findings from robotic investigations of the site will be presented and future missions into highly radioactive areas discussed.

Speaker: Dr Rob Malkin

Dr Malkin, a senior research associate at the University of Bristol, is one the few UK scientists to have visited the site post-accident. He has close working links with many of the organisations tasked with the decommissioning and is regularly updated on progress and challenges by Japanese colleagues.

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Bristol Academic Presents Fukushima Research at IMechE Technical Lecture

Dr Rob Malkin from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol presented at the IMechE Portsmouth & Isle of Wight AGM & Technical Lecture.  The lecture, entitled ‘Britain’s New Nuclear programme – How Green an alternative?’ took place on Wednesday 31st January at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Rob Malkin, Senior Research Associate in […]

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Fukushima Visit Reported in Physics World

Engineering academics from the University of Bristol visited the Fukushima Daiichi site in Japan and their account of their experience has been published in Physics World. Bruce Drinkwater is a Professor of Ultrasonics and Rob Malkin is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. The pair are working on a […]

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IMechE Portsmouth Technical Lecture: Britain’s New Nuclear programme

IMechE Portsmouth & Isle of Wight AGM & Technical Lecture: Britain's New Nuclear programme - How Green an alternative?


This is an externally-hosted event by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Portsmouth and Isle of Wight branch.

  • Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building Room 0.41
  • Time: 6-8.30pm
  • Date: 31st January


Speakers from the University of Bristol


Jamie Townes, Industry Engagement Manager at the South West Nuclear Hub, will general overview of nuclear in the UK, how we got here and where we might be going.

Dr Rob Malkin, Senior Research Associate in Non-destructive Defect Characterisation, has been working on using acoustics and robots to investigate the internal conditions of the 3 nuclear reactors which suffered a meltdown in Fukushima in 2011.  His talk will cover the background to the accident, the evolution of the meltdown and the current situation in Fukushima and Japan’s relationship with nuclear power.

Venue Information

Light refreshments will be served on the evening.

Please find a link to the University of Portsmouth Campus Map to assist in locating the Portland Building.  Please note that there is a public carpark beside the Portland building, and others beside the Dennis Sciama Building and Milldam behind the Registry Office (£2 charge) or free on-street parking on Burnaby Street (short walk away).

Even though is a free to attend event, please book tickets here on Near You:


Any queries please contact Jason Crouch: PortIOWChair@imechenearyou.org

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Ongoing Research Collaboration with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency

Between the 7th and 14th November 2017, four members of the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) visited the Fukushima Prefecture region of eastern Japan.  This was led by our Director for Science Professor Tom Scott, and generously funded through donations by a University of Bristol Alumnus alongside the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The goals […]

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