Postgraduate research

Philip Davies

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PhD Research Student

Date of start of studies 1 October 2013

Supervisors Dr Nick Evans

I graduated from Loughborough University in July 2013 with a First Class Undergraduate Masters in Chemistry (MChem). I've recently begun a PhD research project in Radiochemistry jointly with Loughborough University and AMEC, funded through the NDA and ONDRAF/NIRAS.

 I was a prize winner for ‘Best First Year PhD Presentation’ at COGER 2014, Lancaster University.

 Additionally, I was prize winner for ‘Best Presentation by a First Year Research Student: Polymer Research’ Loughborough University Department of Materials Research Day 2014, Loughborough University.

  • Radiochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Modelling

 Project Name:

The impact of aqueous phase degradation products from PVC additives (on geological disposal of intermediate level nuclear waste).


My research project involves studying the impact of aqueous phase degradation products from PVC additives in conditions relevant to the Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) near field of a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). This entails determination of the release products and subsequent degradation behaviour of PVC additives under radiolytic and chemical conditions (temperature, alkalinity and irradiation) of an ILW near field. Research into the extent of phthalate binding (and other significant degradation products identified) to radionuclides will be carried out, in order to understand the influence of phthalates on radionuclide behaviour. The findings of this work will be used to outline the impacts to the current UK safety case.