The Centre for Radiochemistry Research (CRR) at The University of Manchester is a UK centre of excellence providing a national focus for innovative, high-impact radiochemistry research. It is a key link between academia and the nuclear sector, with activities ranging from blue skies investigations to industry-ready development work.

Our research

We are home to many different research groups, conducting a broad spectrum of world leading activities using state of the art technologies.

The CRR team

Led by co-Directors Professor Steve Liddle and Professor Nik Kaltsoyannis, we host academics from across The University of Manchester, as well as dedicated administrative and technical staff.


The CRR has an extensive network of partnerships and collaborations, both within the University of Manchester, and externally.


The CRR hosts a large number of researchers at different stages of their careers, ranging from senior postdoctoral fellows to undergraduate project students. These researchers benefit daily from the use of a wide range of facilities, gaining state-of-the-art education and training.


CRR postgraduate research student Daisy Ray (Law, Morris and Livens groups) recently attended and presented at the US NOAA / NSF Dissertations in Chemical Oceanography (DISCO XXV) Symposium at the University of Hawaii, Oahu. Attendance at the symposia is by invitation only; an NOAA/NSF panel identifies 25 future leaders in marine chemistry to the DISCO meeting. Daisy’s PhD examines the chemistry of Cs, Tc, Am, Np, and Pu in the Irish Sea, a marine environment impacted by authorised radioactive waste discharges from the UK Sellafield site.

Alasdair Formanuik, a recently graduated CRR PhD student (Mills and Natrajan groups), is first author on a paper showing the first activation of CO2 by a Th complex in the unusual +3 oxidation state (Chem. Eur. J., 2016, DOI:10.1002/chem.201604622). In this paper, CO2 is converted to an oxalate and carboxylate in a single concomitant process to give a dimeric Th(IV) product. This unprecedented reaction pathway contrasts markedly with better understood U(III) CO2 activation, where reduction to form CO and U(IV)-oxos and carbonates dominates.

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