Projects per year
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.
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
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds
2008 → 2012
Award Date: 25 Mar 2012
Master of Science, Utrecht University
2004 → 2007
Award Date: 9 Aug 2007
Bachelor of Science, Utrecht University
2000 → 2004
PDRA in actinide surface chemistry, University of ManchesterJul 2015 → Mar 2016
PDRA in biogeochemistry, University of ManchesterApr 2012 → Jun 2015
Research Assistant, Utrecht UniversityOct 2007 → Mar 2008
- Environmental radiochemistry
- applied mineralogy
- environmental engineering
- synchrotron radiation
Geochemical evidence for the application of nanoparticulate colloidal silica gel for in-situ containment of legacy nuclear wastesBots, P., Renshaw, J. C., Payne, T. E., Comarmond, M. J., Schellenger, A. E. P., Pedrotti, M., Calì, E. & Lunn, R. J., 1 May 2020, In: Environmental Science: Nano. 7, 5, p. 1481-1495 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
On metal and 'spoiled' wine: analysing psimythion (synthetic cerussite) pellets (5th-3rd centuries BCE) and hypothesising gas-metal reactions over a fermenting liquid within a Greek potPhotos-Jones, E., Bots, P., Oikonomou, E., Hamilton, A. & Knapp, CW., 26 Sep 2020, In: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 12, 10, 14 p., 243.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Pieter Bots (Invited speaker)1 Dec 2017
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk