The Committee of Experts


Bernd GRAMBOW is a radiochemist and professor emeritus at ITM Atlantique. He obtained his degree and doctoral thesis at the Freie Universität Berlin and his HDR degree at the University of Nantes.

For the past 43 years he has been working on radioactive waste management: the chemistry and thermodynamics of radionuclides in a natural environment, and the behaviour of concrete, graphite, nuclear glass and nuclear fuels in a storage situation.

Between 1978 and 1998, he worked in Germany at the Hahn Meitner Institute Berlin, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and in the United States at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and since 1998 at SUBATECH in Nantes, a joint research unit in nuclear physics and radiochemistry between IMT Atlantique, the University of Nantes and CNRS-IN2P3. Between 2010 and 2018 he was director of SUBATECH and between 2015 and 2022 he also led a research group on radiochemistry at interfaces at the Advanced Science Research Center of the JAEA in Japan. He has led three European projects and is a member of the project management office of the European Commission’s EURAD programme, a project involving 23 countries and 100 partners.

He is a member of the French regulator ASN’s Standing Expert Group on Waste (GPD), a member of the German Environment Ministry’s Waste Management Commission (ESK), Chairman of the I2EN’s Committee of Experts from 2020 to March 2024, a member of the Scientific Councils of the CEA, CIEMAT in 2023 and the Energy Sector at KIT, and Professor H.C. of the Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He supervised over 20 doctoral theses and authored about 230 publications, 190 of which are refereed. He was awarded the Ivan Peychès Prize in 2008 by France’s Academy of Sciences and made chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes académiques in 2013.
He retired at the end of 2021, and still works for the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s (NEA) Data Bank.