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Shinya Nagasaki

Shinya Nagasaki

Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management

Tier 1: 2012-04-01


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Research involves

Addressing environmental issues by developing models to simulate the physical and chemical reactions of radioactive waste to predict their long-term impacts. 

Research relevance

This research will lead to improved nuclear energy performance and safety and a more sustainable and publicly acceptable approach to radioactive waste management. 

Making Nuclear Energy Safe and Sustainable

Safe and sustainable are not words that are often heard when describing nuclear energy. Accidents at nuclear power plants only reinforce public fears and concerns about the safety of used nuclear fuel and the radioactive waste it leaves behind.

So it may be surprising to learn that Dr. Shinya Nagasaki, Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management, is at the forefront of a new field of engineering that could make nuclear energy the safest and most sustainable of all fuels.

Nagasaki is using a process called time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy to model the physical and chemical reactions involving nuclear fuel that take place at one trillionth of a second. This information can help predict how used nuclear fuel stored in geological repositories today will be maintained or changed more than a million years from now. 

Nagasaki’s research is part of an international collaboration involving scientists in the United States, Japan and Germany that is working to improve nuclear fuel cycle performance and the safety and security of used nuclear fuel. Their research could also lead to the development of advanced fuel cycle technologies that would transform used nuclear fuel into a resource. 

With soaring oil prices and the demand for energy growing rapidly in developing countries, it is of paramount importance to establish a sustainable advanced nuclear fuel cycle and a safe geological disposal system for used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. Nagasaki’s research could make a world of difference to future generations.