Prof. Francis R Livens

BIGRAD  ROLE:  Co-Investigator

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

A. Centre for Radiochemistry Research, School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.


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.


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.


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