Molten Salts in Nuclear Technology Laboratory

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PI: Dr Clint Sharrad
The MSNTL aims to provide a molten salt R&D capability for studying fluoride salts in nuclear systems within the UK for the first time:
  • Enabling the UK’s expertise in chloride salts from pyroprocessing research to alternative salt systems in order to explore expanding research areas such as Molten Salt Reactor technologies.
  • Providing an interdisciplinary hub for molten salts research with radioactive materials. 
Image of Dalton Cumbrian Facility

Dalton Cumbrian Facility

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Np(IV) in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic

Np(IV) in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic

Image courtesy of Hugues Lambert and Clint Sharrad
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Equipment to include

  • Numerous materials corrosion test rigs
  • Gravity-fed molten salts flow loop
  • Molten salts irradiation test rig
  • High temperature column for dynamic ion exchange studies with molten salts
  • Bespoke gloveboxes and supporting infrastructure for handling molten salts with radioactive material
  • Supporting furnaces of various types
  • TGA/DSC coupled with GC-MS
  • High temperature rheometers
  • Potentiostats
  • Various existing spectroscopic and electrochemical kit

Network of locations


Dr Clint Sharrad, The University of Manchester,



The MSNTL will be closed from January to March 2023 in order to move into newly refurbished laboratory space at Manchester and commission our new gloveboxes and equipment capable of handling fluoride melts across both Edinburgh and Manchester hubs. We anticipate that the MSNTL will become fully operational with access to all rigs and equipment from ~ April 2023. Updates will be provided in due course.

We also recommend exploring available facilities at the Pyrochemical Research Laboratory, and the teams at both the MSNTL and PRL will work together to provide the best avenues to deliver your research needs. Please do reach out to the MSNTL team to discuss any requirements in anticipation of our reopening ~ April 2023.



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