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Welcome to the Dalton Nuclear Institute
We bring together the skills and expertise of the nuclear research community at The University of Manchester, the most advanced nuclear research capability in UK academia.
We create opportunities to grow the scale, scope and quality of the University’s nuclear activities, support development of distinctive features in Manchester’s nuclear research capability, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
We nurture strategic partnerships with academia, industry, regulators, and government, and engage with the wider public through school activities, community outreach and the media.
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Novel graphite treatment 'could reduce UK nuclear waste burden'
The method could remove radioactivity from nuclear graphite waste.
Prof Francis Livens to chair NIRAB
NIRAB provides expert, independent advice on nuclear research and innovation to government.
Winners announced for 5 Days of Dalton image competition
The competition aims to find creative ways of depicting nuclear research.
Prof Francis Livens awarded 2020 Becquerel Medal
He has been recognised for his outstanding record of academic achievements.
Manchester launches nuclear energy roadmap
The roadmap sets outs how to assess the role of nuclear energy in the UK’s net zero future objectively.
Discover The Beam, a collaborative, cross-disciplinary nuclear and social research network.
Our Dalton Cumbrian Facility enables academia and industry to conduct cutting-edge radiation research.
We host the RWM RSO, supporting research to underpin the implementation of a UK GDF.
We are a founding partner of this unique nuclear sector cluster spanning the North of England and North Wales.
Manchester leads the RAIN Hub, which brings together eight teams of experts from across the UK.
The UK national institute for advanced materials. The Royce Hub is located at Manchester where we lead its Nuclear Materials Research Area.
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Fuel and fuel cladding
We work to develop and improve the performance of nuclear fuels and fuel cladding associated with reactors.
Helping the industry develop the next generation of reactor plants and assure their performance.
The UK is a leader in reprocessing spent nuclear fuel given its experience in operating reprocessing plants.
Environment and waste
Finding robust ways to safely clean-up the nuclear legacy is a global grand challenge.
Decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s public sector nuclear facilities is a multi-billion pound programme.
Nuclear and society
Much of our research activity takes place through nuclear and social research network, The Beam.
Nuclear fusion has the potential to be a near-limitless source of continuous power that emits no carbon dioxide.