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Subject Areas: Biosciences, Chemistry, Engineering
Professor Eccles is an internationally recognised nuclear scientist with specific expertise in separation science and technology. He has published more than 60 reviewed papers, assigned inventor to more than 15 patents and contributed to 5/6 books covering liquid-liquid extraction, ion exchange, biosorption. Before joining UCLan in 2012, he worked for BNFL/NNL for 35 years.
Professor Eccles joined UCLan in 2012 having worked for BNFL and then the NNL for more than 35 years. He was appointed Professor of Nuclear Materials to stimulate nuclear research at the university. He has secured more than £200K research funding since joining the university from various research councils and EURATOM. He has supervised PhD students (6) Master students and final year graduate students. He specialises in the development of materials that have high selectivity for radionuclides but also other cations. He is frequently invited to review papers and UK Research Council grant applications. He provides an independent consultancy service to nuclear organisations, the most recent to CAMECO (Canada’s major uranium producer) and employment agencies; He lectures to first year and final year chemistry students and to Master students involved with the nuclear fuel cycle.
He recently wrote a business case for setting up a Smart Materials Centre.
Whilst with BNFL/NNL he held senior positions in R&D departments, his final position as the External Technical Links Manager, which required him to engage with external bodies such as academia, companies, EU funding bodies etc. He was accredited with introducing BNFL to environmental biotechnology in the early-1990s that involved a team of more than 50 scientists and engineers, the majority working in 17 UK universities. In the late 1970s he was involved in the development of chemical flowsheets for the THORP reprocessing plantthe uranium purification cycle flowsheet was use for more than 25 years before the plant was closed late last year (2018).
He has assisted various organisations such as NSAN, COGENT, NDA, UKNARIC in promoting nuclear skills and education.
Prof Eccles for more than fifteen years was a Visiting Professor at the University of Dundee (Bioremediation/biodecontamination) and for ten years a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in sustainable design at Edinburgh University (land remediation) in the Department of Infrastructure and Environment). He was for about ten years a visiting Reader in nuclear chemistry at the University of Manchester and for about ten years (~1995) the Chairman of a DTI/UK Research Council research committee (Biological Treatment of Soil and Water).
During his period at BNFL/NNL he was successful in securing more than £20M for BNFL and the various universities engaged with its research. Prior to his retirement from NNL he was presented with a NNL Impact Award, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, he is the first recipient of this award.
S. P. Rout, L. Payne, S. Walker, T Scott, P. Heard, H. Eccles, G. Bond, P. Shah, P. Bills, B. R. Jackson, S. A. Boxall, A. P. Laws, C. Charles, S. J. Williams & P. N. Humphreys, The Impact of Alkaliphilic Biofilm Formation on the Release and Retention of Carbon Isotopes from Nuclear Reactor Graphite. Nature, Scientific Reports 8, 4455, 2018
H, Eccles, A F. Holdsworth, R. Mao, G. Bond, and A M.Halman, Low-Temperature Continuous Flow Synthesis of Metal Ammonium Phosphates. Nature Scientific Reports, 2018.
H. Eccles, JD. Emmott, and G.Bond, Advanced Reprocessing – The Potential for Continuous Chromatographic Separations, J Chromatogr Sep Tech, Volume 8 Issue 1,141-146, 2017.
G.Bond, H.Eccles, JD. Emmott, and PC.Kavi, Reprocessing of nuclear fuel – an alternative to the PUREX process? Society of Chemical Industry, International Ion Exchange Conference, Cambridge, July 2016.
L.Payne, S.Walker, G.Bond, H.Eccles, , P.J.Heard, T.B.Scotta and S.J.Williams, Synthesis of carbon-13 labelled carbonaceous deposits and their evaluation for potential use as surrogates to better understand the behaviour of the carbon-14-containing deposit present in irradiated PGA graphite, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 470, 2688-277. 2016.
Over the years, in addition to some research activities, have been:
Developed numerous meetings, conferences for the Society of Chemical Industry, Royal Society of Chemistry and attended many more.