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With many years of comprehensive knowledge and experience in multi-disciplined fields

Dr Elizaveta Klein

  • Position: Associate Consultant
  • Expertise: Geochemistry, Natural analogues, Contaminated land remediation, Communication, Thermodynamics, Metamorphic petrology, Radioactive waste management
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Dr Klein has been signicantly involved in work associated with remediation of areas contaminated by radionuclide releases from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and projects supporting the radioactive waste disposal programme in Japan.

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Dr Elizaveta Klein (née Tumarkina) completed her Master’s degree (cum laude) at the Geological Department of the Moscow State University in 2008, followed by a PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich in 2011. Her research focused on the effects of deformation on kinetics of mineral reactions in quartz-muscovite systems. The research involved experimental studies and numerical modelling in fields including thermodynamics, metamorphic petrology and rock physics.

Dr Klein has been mainly involved in work associated with remediation of areas contaminated by radionuclide releases from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and projects supporting the radioactive waste disposal programme in Japan. This included a critical review of sorption and diffusion databases for bentonite and Opalinus clay, natural and anthropogenic analogues (supporting site characterisation; far-field perturbation scenarios; near- and far-field transport), engineered barrier system performance (in HLW and TRU-waste systems) and development of web based communication tools for dissemination of accident response information to an international audience (technical and non-technical). Current work includes support of production of the NUMO safety case report for the geological disposal of HLW and TRU.

In addition, Liza has supported various projects in the UK, Switzerland and the EU including cost studies, review of safety cases, and URL projects. Liza was also a Swiss representative in the EU COST Action “Expert Judgment Network: Bridging the Gap between Scientific Uncertainty and Evidence-Based Decision Making” and played a significant role in supporting development of a waste inventory for decommissioning damaged facilities in Iraq.
Liza’s mother tongue is Russian, she is also fluent in English, French and German.

 

Publication list

2017

  • Klein, E., Hardie, S.M.L., Kickmaier W., McKinley, I.G. Deriving key geosphere parameters from legacy contaminated sites, Internat. Nucl. Safety J., submitted.

2015

  • Klein E., McKinley I.G., Hardie S.M.L., Tachi Y., Shibata M., Amano Y. & Takase H. (2015). Use of natural analogues to develop and test models of radionuclide release and transport in uplift / erosion scenarios. 14th Natural Analogue Working Group Workshop, 9th - 11th June, 2015, Olkiluoto, Finland.
  • McKinley I.G., Kawamura H., Hardie S.M.L., Klein, E. & Beattie T.M. (2015). Key natural analogue input required to build a safety case for direct disposal of spent fuel in Japan. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 108, 147-154.
  • Nakayama S., Kawase K., Hardie S.M.L., Yashio S., Ijiima K., McKinley I.G., Miyahara K. & Klein E. (2015). Remediation of Contaminated Areas in the Aftermath of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Overview, Analysis and Lessons Learned Part 1: A Report on the “Decontamination Pilot Project”.
  • Nakayama S., Kawase K., Hardie S.M.L., Yashio S., Ijiima K., McKinley I.G., Miyahara K. & Klein E. (2015). Remediation of Contaminated Areas in the Aftermath of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Overview, Analysis and Lessons Learned Part 2: Recent Developments, Supporting R&D and International Discussions.

2014

  • Alexander W.R., McKinley I.G., Kickmaier W., Hardie S.M.L. & Klein E. (2014). Assessment of state-of-the-art in determining bentonite porewater chemistry. AOGS 2014, IG23-A013, (Abstract only).
  • Laine H., Klein E., Kawamura H & Alexander W.R. (2014). Development of the safety case for the disposal of Cs contaminated biomass at Fukushima: direct support from Finnish Archaeological Cement Analogues. AOGS 2014, IG33-A006.
  • McKinley I.G., Hardie S.M.L. & Klein E. (2014). Fukushima Dai-ichi Challenges from a Radiochemistry Perspective. INSJ International Nuclear Safety Journal, vol 3, issue 3, 68-74.
  • McKinley I.G., Kawamura H., Alexander R., Klein E. & Hardie S.M.L. (2014). Use Of Analogues To Support Development Of Next Generation Radionuclide Transport Models. AOGS 2014, IG23-A002.

2013

  • Alexander W.R., McKinley I.G., Scourse E.M., Hardie S.M.L. & Klein E. (2013). Radium natural analogue requirements for robust safety case development. Migration Conference Abstracts, Session PB6-1, 8-13 September 2013, Brighton, UK.
  • Hardie S.M.L., Klein E., McKinley I.G. & Kickmaier W. (2013). Developing a holistic strategy for managing large volume wastes and identification of required policy infrastructure. IAEA Training Meeting on International Low Level Waste Disposal Network (DISPONET) – Workshop on Disposal of Large Volume of Radioactive Waste, IAEA, November 2013, Vienna, Austria.
  • Hardie S.M.L., McKinley I.G., Beattie T., Scourse E. & Klein E. (2013). Development of a box-modelling approach to integrate contaminated site understanding in Fukushima. Migration Conference Abstracts, Session PFS-3, 8-13 September 2013, Brighton, UK.
  • Klein E., Beattie T., Hardie S.M.L., Scourse E. & McKinley I.G. (2013). Developing quality assured sorption databases for performance assessment. Migration Conference Abstracts, Session C3-3, 8-13 September 2013, Brighton, UK.
  • McKinley I.G., Hardie S.M.L., Alexander W.R., Klein E. & Scourse E.M. (2013). Fukushima in perspective. PSAM - 14-18 April 2013, Tokyo, Japan.
  • McKinley I.G., Hardie S.M.L., Klein E. & Kickmaier W. (2013). Fukushima Remediation Waste Management. PSAM - 14-18 April 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

2011

  • Tumarkina E. (2011). Role of deformation on partial melting of metapelitic rocks. PhD thesis, ETHZ, 2011.
  • Tumarkina E., Misra S., Burlini L. & Connolly J. (2011). The role of deformation on partial melting in metapelites. Techtonophysics 03: 1-2, 92-99.

2009

  • Tumarkina E., Misra S., Burlini L. & Connolly J. (2009). Mineral reactions and melt generation in metapelite: Insights from torsion experiments and thermodynamical modelling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73, Issue 13, A1352.

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