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Personal Statement

After my PhD in environmental mineralogy at the University of Leeds I moved to the University of Manchester in 2012 for a Postdoc position in actinide biogeochemistry on the NERC funded BIGRAD project.

In 2016 I joined the University of Strathclyde on the Little Forrest Legacy Site (LFLS) immobilization project. The LFLS contains several trenches with radiactive legacy waste from the 1950s and 60s. The University of Strathclyde has a strong prortfolio in grouting techniques. For the LFLS the preferred grouting technique at present is a colloidal silica based grout due to its low viscosity, low toxicity and chemical inertness. There, are however still uncertainties how such a grout would be have within waste forms and how any radionuclides (e.g. Sr-90, Cs-137) behave during and after the injection and gelling of colloidal silica based grouts.

Since November 2019, I am a Research Fellow and Co-I on the EPSRC funded Plasma Accelerators for Nuclear Applications and Materials Analyses (PANAMA) project. PANAMA is a collaboration between the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Physics at the University of Strathclyde to utilize the laser wakefield generated particle and X-ray beams produced at the SCAPA facility to develop diffraction, spectroscopy and tomography analyses for the civil nuclear energy sectors. My main role within PANAMA is to collaborate with the department of Physics in the design of the PANAMA facility and to lead and develop the respective research programmes to utilize such facility. Such research can include anything from the behaviour of waste materials in the environment to mechanistic understanding of beam damage utilizing pump-probe capabilities of laser wakefield particle and X-ray beams.

Finally, I am always interested in developing collaborations and supporting prospective PhD students wishing to joing the University of Strathclyde.

Research Interests

Nucleation, growth and transformation processes of (nano-particulate) mineral phases in aquatic environments in natural and engineered environments

Surface chemical and thermodynamic control on the solubility and mobility of metals (e.g. contaminants) in natural and engineered environments

The effects of environmental engineering / (bio)remediation strategies on the geochemistry and surface chemistry of inorganic contaminants

The influence of microbial and biological activity on the formation and transformation of mineral phases in aquatic environments

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds


Master of Science, Utrecht University


Bachelor of Science, Utrecht University


External positions

PDRA in actinide surface chemistry, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Jul 2015Mar 2016

PDRA in biogeochemistry, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Apr 2012Jun 2015

Research Assistant, Utrecht University

Oct 2007Mar 2008


  • Environmental radiochemistry
  • applied mineralogy
  • environmental engineering
  • synchrotron radiation
  • microscopy
  • spectroscopy
  • Scattering

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Projects 2010 2023

Research Output 2008 2019

  • 24 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution book
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
8 Downloads (Pure)

Neptunium(V) and uranium(VI) reactions at the magnetite (111) surface

Bots, P., van Veelen, A., Mosselmans, J. F. W., Muryn, C., Wogelius, R. A. & Morris, K., 8 Feb 2019, In : Geosciences. 9, 2, 15 p., 81.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ferrosoferric Oxide

The DISTINCTIVE university consortium: structural integrity

Lunn, R., Hamilton, A., Pedrotti, M., Bots, P., Wong, C., El Mountassir, G., Renshaw, J., Maddalena, R., Zhao, C., Sun, L., Stolkin, R., Fairweather, M., Tovey, L., Boxall, C., Hriljac, J., Hyatt, N., Kaltsoyannis, N., Lee, W., Read, D. & Scott, T., 19 Jun 2018, 44th Annual Waste Management Conference (WM2018) : Nuclear and Industrial Robotics, Remote Systems and Other Emerging Technology. Tempe, Arizona, p. 6195-6209 15 p. 18272

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
physical science


MSc thesis Award 2007

Pieter Bots (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Postgraduate research student travel fund

Pieter Bots (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2017

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 2 Journal peer review
  • 1 Journal or guest editorship

The geochemistry of radionuclides in engineering for the nuclear energy sector.

Pieter Bots (Invited speaker)
1 Dec 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Geosciences (Journal)

Pieter Bots (Guest editor)
12 Dec 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship