Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Visiting Professor



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Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





After graduating (MSc, 1979) in Solid State Physics from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (National Research Nuclear University) Michael gained a DPhil degree on interaction of radiation with small particles in 1982, and then a DSc degree in Physical Chemistry from Moscow Scientific Research Institute of Physical Chemistry on surface effects in nuclear waste forms in 1994. He then (1982-2002) worked as Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre of Moscow Scientific and Industrial Association (Radon). Since 2002 he has been a Reader in waste immobilisation at the University of Sheffield. From 2011 to 2018 Michael has worked as an expert in nuclear waste management in the Department of Nuclear Energy of the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

Michael studies the relation between processing, properties and structures of glasses and glass composite materials, nuclear waste immobilisation methods and materials and has supervised 12 students to completion of their PhDs.

Michael has co-authored 15 books (Nuclear waste management and sustainability, Materials for Nuclear Waste Immobilization, 3 editions of An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation, New Developments in Glassy Nuclear Wasteforms, Crystalline Materials for Actinide Immobilisation, Cementitious Materials for Nuclear Waste Immobilization, Handbook of Advanced Radioactive Waste Conditioning Technologies, Radioactive waste management and contaminated site clean-up, Technological Bases of Radioactive Waste Management System, Glasses for Radioactive Wastes, ...) and has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers, 26 book chapters and authored 42 patents. He has also been awarded research grants totalling over £8M.

His research interests include amorphous materials, glass-liquid transition, viscosity, poly-phase oxide materials, glasses and crystals for nuclear waste immobilisation, aqueous corrosion of glass, long term performance and radiation-induced effects in glasses, nuclear waste processing and immobilisation technologies, metastable and strongly excited systems, Rydberg matter. Prizes include: IAEA Merit Award (2017), ASME Award for best Waste Management paper (2012), Best paper award from the Radiation Safety Issues journal  (2009), Award of State Unitary Enterprise SIA “Radon” (2008), Award of American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (2004), Award of International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies (1998), State Medal of the Government of Moscow (1999), Silver medal of All-Union Exhibition of Ecological Projects (1986), and Best Invention Award of Medium-Machine Building Ministry (1985).

Michael is a Fellow of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences elected in 1996. He was assigned as Guest Professor at Wuhan University of Technology in 2023 and Visiting Professor at Tohoku University Advanced Institute for Materials Research in 2024. He has been Chief Editor of journal Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations, Associate Editor of International Journal of Applied Glass Science, Frontiers in Nuclear Engineering, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Nuclear Materials, Sustainability, Innovations in Corrosion and Materials Science, and npj Materials Degradation.



Tournier RF, Ojovan MI, 2023, NiTi2, a New Liquid Glass., Materials (basel), Vol:16, ISSN:1996-1944

Yudintsev SV, Nickolsky MS, Ojovan MI, et al., 2023, Zirconolite Matrices for the Immobilization of REE-Actinide Wastes, Ceramics-switzerland, Vol:6, ISSN:2571-6131, Pages:1573-1622

Ojovan MI, 2023, The Flow of Glasses and Glass-Liquid Transition under Electron Irradiation, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Vol:24, ISSN:1661-6596

Petrov VAA, Ojovan MII, Yudintsev SVV, 2023, Material Aspect of Sustainable Nuclear Waste Management, Sustainability, Vol:15

Ojovan MI, Yudintsev SV, 2023, Glass, ceramic, and glass-crystalline matrices for HLW immobilisation, Open Ceramics, Vol:14

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