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Robin Taylor is a radiochemist with 25 years experience leading nuclear research and development projects related to actinide chemistry; particularly in the fields of separations, recycling, characterization and storage.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced processes for spent nuclear fuel reprocessing
  • Actinide separations chemistry
  • Actinide oxide storage and re-treatment

Key Achievements

  • Bill Newton Award, Radiochemistry Group, Royal Society of Chemistry (2009)
  • Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004)
  • Company Awards (2005: Innovation, 2012: Individual)
  • NNL Chief Scientist Award (2017)
  • Editor of “Reprocessing and Recycling of Spent Nuclear Fuel”, Elsevier Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy no.79 (WPE79), ISBN 978-1-78242-212-9 (2015)
  • Associate Editor for European Physical Journal – Nuclear Science and Technology

Key Publications

  1. G. P. Horne et al., Plutonium and Americium Alpha Radiolysis of Nitric Acid Solutions, J. Phys. Chem B, 121, 883-889 (2017).
  2. R. Taylor, Reaction: a role for actinide chemists, Chem 1, 662-663 (2016).
  3. M. Carrott, et al., “TRU-SANEX”: a variation on the EURO-GANEX and i-SANEX processes for heterogeneous recycling of actinides Np-Cm, Sep. Sci. Technol. 51, 2198-2213 (2016).
  4. H. Chen, et al., Development and validation of a flowsheet simulation model for neptunium extraction in an advanced PUREX process, Solv. Extr. Ion Exch. 34, 297-321 (2016).
  5. Z. Maher, et al., Am and Pu Association with Magnesium Hydroxide Colloids in Alkaline Nuclear Industry Process Environments, J. Nucl. Mater. 468, 84-96 (2016).
  6. R. Taylor, et al., Development of actinide separation processes for future nuclear fuel cycles in Europe, Nuclear Futures, 11, 38-43 (2015).
  7. R. M. Orr, et al., A review of plutonium oxalate decomposition reactions and effects of decomposition temperature on the surface area of the plutonium dioxide product, J. Nucl. Mater. 733-756 (2015).
  8. M. Carrott, et al., Distribution of plutonium, americium and interfering fission products between nitric acid and a mixed organic phase of TODGA and DMDOHEMA in kerosene, and implications for the design of the “EURO-GANEX” process, Hydrometallurgy 152, 139-148, (2015).
  9. M. Carrott, et al., Development of a new flowsheet for co-separating the transuranic actinides: the “EURO-GANEX” process, Solv. Extr. Ion Exch. 32(5), 447-467 (2014).
  10. H. E. Sims, et al., Hydrogen yields from water on the surface of plutonium dioxide, J. Nucl. Mater. 437, 359-364 (2013).
  11. R. J. Taylor, et al., Progress towards the full recovery of neptunium in an Advanced PUREX process, Solv. Extr. Ion Exch., 31, 442-462 (2013).
  12. M. J. Sarsfield, et al., Raman spectroscopy of plutonium dioxide and related materials, Journal of Nuclear Materials 427, 333-342 (2012).
  13. J. Brown, et al., Plutonium loading of prospective grouped actinide extraction (GANEX) solvent systems based on diglycolamide extractants, Solv. Extr. Ion Exch., 30, 127-141 (2012).
  14. C. R. Gregson, et al., Characterisation of plutonium species in alkaline liquors sampled from a UK legacy nuclear fuel storage pond, Analytical Methods 3, 1957-1968 (2011).
  15. C. R. Gregson, et al., Combined electron microscopy and vibrational spectroscopy study of corroded Magnox sludge from a legacy spent nuclear fuel storage pond, Journal of Nuclear Materials 412, 145–156 (2011).
  16. M. J. Carrott, et al., Oxidation-reduction reactions of simple hydroxamic acids and plutonium (IV) ions in nitric acid, Radiochim. Acta, 96, 333-344 (2008).
  17. C. Talbot-Eeckelaars, et al., Luminescence from Neptunyl (VI) species in solution, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 2442-2443 (2007).
  18. H. Steele and R. J. Taylor, A Theoretical Study of the Disproportionation Reaction of the Pentavalent Actinyl Ions, Inorg. Chem., 46, 6311-6318 (2007).
  19. R. J.  Taylor, et al., The applications of formo- and aceto- hydroxamic acids in nuclear fuel reprocessing, J. Alloys & Compounds, 271-273, 534-537 (1998).
  20. 19.  R. J. Taylor and I. May, Advances in actinide and Tc kinetics for applications in process flowsheet modelling, Sep. Sci. Tech., 36, 1225-1240 (2001).