Professor Bruce Hanson


Prof. Bruce Hanson is the University of Leeds’s Leadership Chair in Nuclear Process Engineering and an Honorary Professor of Nuclear Engineering at University College London. Prof Hanson is Director of Nuclear.Leeds, which has over 30 affiliated Academics and over 40 PDRAs and PhDs researchers as members. Prof. 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 is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the NNL, as well as a member of the UK National Nuclear Users Facility Steering Committee. Since joining the University of Leeds in 2012, he has published 12 journal/conference papers and 1 book chapter and currently manages a portfolio of grants worth nearly £1M.


  • Director of Student Education
  • Leadership Chair in Nuclear Process Engineering

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

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