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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor Phillip Warwick BSc, PhD, CChem, FRSC

Director, GAU-Radioanalytical, Professor of Radioanalytical Chemistry

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Prof Phil Warwick is Professor of Radioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Southampton, director of the commercial radioanalytical and consultancy laboratory, GAU-Radioanalytical and project director of the NNUF-EXACT facility.

He has over 30 years experience in commercial radioanalytical operations and research, working closely with the nuclear industry, government agencies and academic sectors. He started his career at UKAEA Winfrith before moving to the University of Southampton in 1994.

He was also seconded for two years to provide contract management for the Environment Agency environmental monitoring programme for England and Wales.

Education and work history

BSc, Kingston (1991)
PhD, Southampton (1999)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Higher Scientific Officer, UKAEA (to 1994)
University of Southampton (1994 – present)
Radiation Protection Supervisor, SOES
Radioactive Materials Co-ordinator, NOCS

Research interests

Research interests include: analytical radiochemistry, mass spectrometric analysis of radionuclides, dispersion of radionuclides / heavy metals in the marine / coastal environment, application of radiotracers in environmental process studies, nuclear forensics and nuclear waste characterisation and remediation. His research has included the development of novel extractants / adsorbents, novel techniques for quantification of difficult-to-measure radionuclides, development of nuclear waste characterisation techniques, automation and development of in-situ / on-line radionuclide sensors, radiologically-contaminated land remediation, permeable reactive barriers for groundwater clean-up and development of contaminated land assessment strategies.

Phil is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Specialism: Analytical & environmental radiochemistry

Research group


Research project(s)

GAU-Radioanalytical Laboratories

Advancing low level radionuclide analysis using HR-Sector Field ICP-MS: bioassay applications

Measurement of 135Cs/137Cs in environmental samples

Nuclear Forensics: Determining the origin of uranium ores from geochemical signatures

Assessment of Sorbent Materials for the Remediation of Radionuclide Contaminated Groundwater

Development of Robust Automated Techniques for Radionuclide Separation

Measurement of Neptunium-237 and its application to environmental studies

TRANSCEND – Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning

Past chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Radiochemistry Group

Committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Mid Southern Counties local section

Member of the Analyts's Informal Working Group

Member of the Cross Industry Assay Working Group

Associate Member of the Society of Radiological Protection

Director, GAU-Radioanalytical

Project director, NNUF-EXACT facility

Commissioning Editor for the Elsevier journal ‘Applied Radiation & Isotopes’

Member of the International Standards Organisation ISO/TC 147/SC 3 and British Standards Institute working groups on Water Quality-Radioactivity Measurement Methods

Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Organically-Bound Tritium (OBT) Working Group

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Book Chapter




SOES6023 Environmental Radioactivity & Radiochemistry
SOES3008 Environmental Geology

Professor Phillip Warwick
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/161/22

Facsimile: (023) 8059 6450

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