Mark Ogden

Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Medicine

Mark began his journey in nuclear conducting his MPhil at Manchester University for BNFL exploring the formation and removal of problematic sludges formed in reprocessing with considerable time seconded to Springfields in Preston. His PhD research was supervised by Prof. Kenneth L. Nash at Washington State University (WSU) looking at the separation of trans-plutonium actinides in advanced flowsheets using nitrogen donor ligands which included secondment to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to work with Dr. Sergei Sinkov and Dr. Gregg Lumetta.

On completion of his PhD, he worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as a PDRA and was promoted to staff scientist. Here he worked on a wide range of projects from battery additives, spent nuclear fuel reprocessing, lanthanide separations, plastic/wood composites, polymers for gas separation, and the use of supercritical fluids for targeted metal extraction. Following a move to Australia he worked for ANSTO Minerals Division exploring uranium separations and recovery, targeted lanthanide separations, purification, and recovery, and the removal of problematic radionuclides from industrial streams.

In February of 2014 Mark switched to academia starting as a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The University of Sheffield.

Whilst at Sheffield he continued to research into targeted recovery, separation and purification of cations and anions using solvent extraction and solid phase extraction techniques, as well as extending into molten salt reprocessing, deep eutectic solvents, iodine and C14 abatement, critical materials recovery, industrial waste treatment and developing water treatment technologies.

With a July 2023 move to Bangor University Mark’s research is still in the remit of separations but is focused upon the targeted recovery and purification of medical isotopes. Mark is also a fellow of the higher education academy with a PGCHE and has fully qualified teacher status in the UK (PGCE) due to a previous incarnation as a high school and A’ level chemistry and mathematics teacher.