We are experts in electrochemistry and corrosion science. The group is led by David Shoesmith, an NSERC/Nuclear Waste Management Organization IRC in Nuclear Fuel and Waste Container Corrosion Under Waste Disposal Management Conditions Industrial Research Chair at The University of Western Ontario.
The group is investigating various industrial corrosion and environmental contamination problems encompassing a range of detailed electrochemical, chemical, metallurgical and transport reactions that make up complex materials and corrosion processes. Besides novel experimental techniques, the group uses computational modeling approaches from detailed deterministic process models to statistical/probabilistic and environmental performance assessment models.
At the moment, the group’s main research focus is waste containers and waste forms to find solutions for the disposal of high level nuclear wastes using a combination of experimental and modeling approaches. Some of these approaches involve applying electrochemical techniques, often under hostile conditions such as in very hot, harsh environments.
The researchers in the lab are designing a system for the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Their aim is to construct barriers that remain intact long enough to allow radioactivity to decay to a non-toxic level. One approach is to encase the waste in multiple barriers to ensure that the entire system does not fail.