Professor Bruce Hanson


Prof. Bruce Hanson is Co-PI on EPSRC’s PACFIC programme, leading the separation theme and a Co-I on EPSRC’s Distinctive programme, working on long term storage of nuclear fuel. Prof. Hanson is a Co-Director of the Nuclear Fission Next Generation Nuclear CDT and at Leeds is the programme director for the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering undergraduate course. Previous to his appointment, he spent 25+ years in the nuclear and chemical industries, across a range of functions from plant operation to research, specialising in actinide separations and treatment of irradiated nuclear fuel. Most recently, he was the Technical Authority for Spent Fuel and Nuclear Materials at the National Nuclear Laboratory, leading internal R&D programmes in this area, as well as those on reactors and fuel development. He was also NNL’s Head of University links, responsible for creating and managing NNL’s family of 6 strategic links with UK universities. He is Honorary Professor of Nuclear Engineering at University College London and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the NNL, as well as a member of the UK National Nuclear Users Facility Steering Committee.


  • Director of Student Education

Research interests

nuclear fission; nuclear recycle, nuclear waste management, solvent extraction, molten salts

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Student education

Director of Student Education

Research groups and institutes

  • Low Carbon Energy
  • Nuclear Leeds
  • Waste Management and Resource Recovery

Postgraduate research opportunities

We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study.

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