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Chris Boothman

    In addition to routine technical duties carried out in my capacity as the group’s Biogeochemistry Technician, I am also a keen contributor to the research activities of the Geomicro group. My main research interest is in the field of molecular ecology and accordingly I am responsible for microbial characterisation analyses for a range of projects being undertaken. The majority of the research I carry out currently is for the project titled “The environmental behaviour of redox active radionuclides – a combined biogeochemical and geomicrobiological approach” funded by NERC.

     This project aims to combine biogeochemical and geomicrobiological techniques to understand the individual redox cycling behaviour of the long-lived radionuclides technetium uranium, neptunium and plutonium. Tc, U, Np and Pu are priority pollutants in site clean up and waste disposal and U and Tc are commonly reported as mobile groundwater contaminants at nuclear facilities. Therefore, understanding the fundamental, site-specific behaviour of these redox active radionuclides is a vital step in innovating new in situ technologies to deal successfully with contaminated groundwaters and in accurately modelling their environmental fate in the biosphere.