The second GENIORS project meeting took place in Würzburg (Germany) from 17-18 April. After nearly one year, it was a great opportunity for partners to meet and share the first results of their research carried out on improving the nuclear fuel recycling. “These regular project meetings are the only way to share and talk with the different partners of GENIORS,” explained Philippe Guilbaud, Chief of Laboratory at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). “Moreover, it is important to know how the project is progressing.”
Four main domains and 14 Work Packages structure the GENIORS project:
- Process chemistry and modelling
- Process development
- Process integration
- Management of the Consortium, training and education, knowledge management, communication and dissemination
Each work package leader presented the results achieved and the next activities planned with a particular focus on PhD students involved in the project. They also explained the protocol or process they followed during their analysis, and shared unexpected results or difficulties they faced. Furthermore, GENIORS partners discussed the molecules they chose to use or not, and relevant elements to take into consideration for a complete characterisation of radioactive materials and spent fuel (structure, morphology, chemical properties, spectroscopy…).
Support students’ participation
In addition to fostering collaboration between key stakeholders of the European separation chemistry community (researchers, industrials and policymakers), one of the main objectives in GENIORS is to shape the next generations of separation chemists. During this second project meeting Bruce Hanson, Professor of Nuclear Process Engineering at the University of Leeds, provided a first draft structure of the online training course for students. He also reminded that calls for travel bursaries will stay open during the full project duration. They aim at encouraging postgraduate students and young scientists to attend international conferences and have the opportunity to present their work (contact: L.Tovey@leeds.ac.uk).
What is GENIORS?
Launched in June 2017, GENIORS stands for “GEN IV integrated oxide fuel recycling strategies” and will provide solutions to improve multi-recycling of radioactive waste, with a focus on the 4th generation of nuclear reactors expected to enter operation by 2030. Coordinated by Stéphane Bourg, from the CEA, GENIORS is a H2020 project that gathers 24 partners: 10 nuclear research centres, 10 universities, 2 nuclear operators, one SME and one technical safety organisation.
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