Biogeochemical Applications in Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Disposal (BANDD) is a 4 year £1.9M consortium awarded through the EPSRC Energy Programme. The project brings together researchers in civil engineering, earth sciences, radiochemistry, microbiology and biochemistry from the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Cambridge under the leadership of Prof. Becky Lunn at the University of Strathclyde. We are investigating new approaches to inhibiting radionuclide migration in soils and rocks based on microbially-mediated biomineralisation processes.
Research focuses on developing two novel, complementary, scientific technologies over a range of spatial scales from the laboratory, through surface soils/engineering works, to application in shallow and, potentially, deep radioactive waste disposal:
(1) the use of microbial biomineralisation processes for solid-phase capture of radionuclides
(2) the use of microbes to reduce ground permeability and develop short-to-intermediate timescale barriers to radionuclide migration.
Members of the BANDD group at the consortium meeting in Birmingham September 2011