Nuclear engineering

nuclear power station floodlit at night

The Nuclear Engineering Group is multidisciplinary academic team, covering various research areas across the nuclear fuel cycle.

Research areas

  • Decommissioning and decontamination
  • Advanced fuel cycles
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Waste encapsulation 
  • Development of novel analytical/characterisation tools
  • Environmental assessment

We have a strong working relationship with industry to provide a firm basis for the relevance of our research, and a long track record of research partnerships with companies and organisations across the UK’s civil nuclear sector. Currently, we are active in >£3m of research funding, from RCUK, EU, BEIS and industry.  

Additionally, the University has invested over £1.25m into specialist laboratory facilities, including new uranics laboratories providing researchers at Leeds, and from across the UK, with wet and dry process engineering facilities and a rig hall, opening up new opportunities for work on the nuclear fuel cycle.

Major collaborations and current research projects

  • Sellafield Ltd - Sludge Centre of Expertise 
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 
  • NIRAB recycle programme in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory, University of Lancaster and University of Manchester


EU H2020 Programmes

Further information

View all members of our research group, our recent projects and publications.

PhD projects

We have opportunities for prospective postgraduate researchers. Find out more.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail, please contact Dr Tim Hunter.