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Anthony is the Chief Technologist for the Waste Management and Decommissioning Directorate of the National Nuclear Laboratory, with responsibility for research and technology development.  He has over 25 years of experience in the nuclear industry , leading strategic, engineering and R&D programmes.  He has worked extensively on national and international projects, collaborating with US and European partners on nuclear waste management and decommissioning.  Anthony is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Royal Academy of Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester.

Key areas of expertise

Anthony is a chemical engineer specialising in radioactive waste treatment, waste management and nuclear decommissioning.  He has been called as a subject matter expert by the United Nations Environmental Programme and lectured internationally on his subject area. 

Key achievements

In an extensive career he has contributed to many projects across the fuel cycle. Examples include,

  • Establishment of the Horizon 2020 Theramin collaborative research project.
  • Building the Waste Management and Decommissioning, signature research and subsequent strategic programmes
  • The first DIAMOND synchrotron experiments on active material from a Magnox station

Key positions held (since 2000)

  • 2012 - present: Chief Technologist, Waste Management and Decommissioning Directorate, National Nuclear Laboratory
  • 2016 - present: Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Nuclear Engineering, University of Manchester
  • 2010 - 2012: Technical Authority (Legacy Waste and Decommissioning), National Nuclear Laboratory
  • 2010 - 2014: Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Nuclear Engineering, University of Manchester

Anthony also represents NNL on the UK-US standing committee, with US Department of Energy and NDA. In Europe Anthony is the technical lead of the Waste Management and Decommissioning group of  Nugenia.

Selected key publications 

  • Wareing, A., Abrahamsen-Mills, L., Fowler, L., Grave, M., Jarvis, R., Metcalfe, M., Norris, S. and Banford, A.W., 2017. Development of integrated waste management options for irradiated graphite. Nuclear Engineering and Technology.
  • Kerry, T., Banford, A.W., Thompson, O.R., Carey, T., Schild, D., Geist, A. and Sharrad, C.A., 2017. Transuranic contamination of stainless steel in nitric acid. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 493, pp.436-441.
  • Bower, W.R., Morris, K., Mosselmans, J.F.W., Thompson, O.R., Banford, A.W., Law, K. and Pattrick, R.A.D., 2016. Characterising legacy spent nuclear fuel pond materials using microfocus X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Journal of hazardous materials, 317, pp.97-107.
  • Wallbridge, S., Banford, A. and Azapagic, A., 2013. Life cycle environmental impacts of decommissioning Magnox nuclear power plants in the UK. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18(5), pp.990-1008.
  • Metcalfe, M.P., Banford, A.W., Eccles, H. and Norris, S., 2013. EU Carbowaste project: Development of a toolbox for graphite waste management. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 436(1), pp.158-166.
  • Fachinger, J., Müller, W., Marsat, E., Grosse, K.H., Seemann, R., Scales, C., Banford, A. and Easton, M.M., 2013, September. Production of an impermeable composite of irradiated graphite and glass by hot isostatic pressing as a long term leach resistant waste form. In ASME 2013 15th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management (pp. V001T01A041-V001T01A041). American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Samseth, J., Banford, A., Batandjieva-Metcalf, B., Cantone, M.C., Lietava, P., Peimani, H. and Szilagyi, A., 2012. Closing and Decommissioning Nuclear Power Reactors. UNEP Year book, pp.35-49.
  • Banford, A.W. and Jarvis, R.B., 2011. Decommissioning of Nuclear Sites. In Nuclear Power and the Environment (pp. 116-128). Royal Society of Chemistry.