Prof. Francis R Livens


BIGRAD  ROLE:  Co-Investigator

AFFILIATION: University of Manchester, School of Chemistry / School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

CONTACT DETAILS:
A. Centre for Radiochemistry Research, School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.
E. francis.livens@manchester.ac.uk

BACKGROUND:

My first degree was in Chemistry with Geochemistry, followed by a PhD studying the behaviour of plutonium in soils and sediments. I then joined the NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, working on environmental radioactivity, and became heavily involved in the UK response to the 1986 Chernobyl reactor accident. I moved to Manchester in 1991, and was closely involved in the creation of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research in 1999. I have a joint appointment between the School of Chemistry and the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. In 2008, I became Research Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, although I retain teaching and research interests in both Schools.


INTERESTS:

I mainly work on actinide elements and one or two of the more interesting fission products, notably technetium, and I am interested in the chemical controls on the behaviour of these complex elements in natural and engineered environments. I am always interested in the molecular basis of their behaviour, and this leads me to a range of spectroscopic and analytical techniques, combined with modelling. I almost always work with colleagues from different disciplines, since the problems we are trying to tackle are not exclusively chemical in nature. I presently have research collaborations with materials scientists, earth scientists, chemical engineers and bioscientists.


SELECT PUBLICATIONS:

Law, GTW; Geissler, A; Boothman, C; Burke, IT; Livens, FR; Lloyd, JR; Morris, K. 2010. Role of Nitrate in Conditioning Aquifer Sediments for Technetium Bioreduction. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 44: 150-155

Handley-Sidhu, S; Worsfold, PJ; Boothman, C; Lloyd, JR; Alvarez, R; Livens, FR; Vaughan, DJ; Keith-Roach, MJ. 2009. Corrosion and Fate of Depleted Uranium Penetrators under Progressively Anaerobic Conditions in Estuarine Sediment. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 43: 350-355

Chardon, ES; Bosbach, D; Bryan, ND; Lyon, IC; Marquardt, C; Romer, J; Schild, D; Vaughan, DJ; Wincott, PL; Wogelius, RA; Livens, FR. 2008. Reactions of the feldspar surface with metal ions: Sorption of Pb(II), U(VI) and Np(V), and surface analytical studies of reaction with Pb(II) and U(VI). GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA 72: 288-297

Marsden, OJ; Abrahamsen, L; Bryan, ND; Day, JP; Fifield, LK; Gent, C; Goodall, PS; Morris, K; Livens, FR. 2006. Transport and accumulation of actinide elements in the near-shore environment: field and modelling studies. SEDIMENTOLOGY 53: 237-248

Renshaw, JC; Butchins, LJC; Livens, FR; May, I; Charnock, JM; Lloyd, JR. 2005. Bioreduction of uranium: Environmental implications of a pentavalent intermediate. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 39: 5657-5660

Bhatt, AI; de Kerdaniel, ED; Kinoshita, H; Livens, FR; May, I; Polovov, IB; Sharrad, CA; Volkovich, VA; Charnock, JM; Lewin, RG. 2005. Uranium oligomerization in chloride-based high temperature melts: In situ XAS studies. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 44: 2-4

Moyes, LN; Jones, MJ; Reed, WA; Livens, FR; Charnock, JM; Mosselmans, JFW; Hennig, C; Vaughan, DJ; Pattrick, RAD. 2002. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of neptunium(V) reactions with mackinawite (FeS). ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 36: 179-183