Graphene And Its Use In Nuclear Decommissioning

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Scanning electron microscopy image of a membrane transferred on a Si3N4 [Courtesy of Professor Sergey Kubatkin, Chalmers University]


Graphene is a relatively new material, first isolated from bulk graphite in 2004 (Figure 1). Since then, developments in graphene based technology have been rapid in a number of sectors. However, developments within the nuclear sector have been slow. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has identified graphene technology as a potentially promising area that could offer some benefits to the NDA in delivering its mission. The NDA is aware of some of the novel properties of graphene and its compounds that could enable the use of these new materials in a wide range of applications. This project aims to raise awareness across the NDA estate, regarding the properties and potential opportunities for using graphene and related materials in nuclear decommissioning


An initial review of the chemical and physical properties of graphene was undertaken and resulted in the production of the publishable report “Summary of Graphene (and Related Compounds) Chemical and Physical Properties” [1]. This report was intended to be used as a reference point for the NDA, and the NDA estate for graphene related information.

Following this, a broad review of international graphene related information was undertaken. This involved researching a number of nuclear and non-nuclear graphene projects being undertaken in Europe, Asia and the United States. The review identified over 800 graphene projects and/or publications, which were then assessed to determine whether they could be relevant to the nuclear decommissioning industry.

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Source: Gov.UK