The review of the activities on repatriation of highly enriched spent fuel from research reactors as well as data on the conversion of research reactors to low enriched fuel will be presented.
Professor Bekhzod Yuldashev is presently working as professor consultant at the Center for International Security and Cooperation ( CISAC) of Stanford University. From June 2006 till December 2009 he served as scientific consultant at International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (Austria). From 1990 till 2006 he was director general of the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He also served as president of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences in 2000-2005.
He is a full member of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences of Islamic Countries and some other scientific academies and societies. He is Honorary Doctor of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research-JINR (Dubna, Russia), the Honorary Professor of Samarkand State University, was Visiting Fellow of Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and Cambridge University (UK). He has been elected as a member of International Scientific Council of JINR (1992-2002), member of the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications, SAGNA (IAEA, Vienna, 2002-2006), the Chairman of Uzbekistan Scientific Council on Awarding doctoral ranks in nuclear sciences (1991-2006), head of Nuclear Department of Tashkent State University (1994-2000).
He is awarded by the State Prize in Science and Technology (1983), the Science and Technology ECO International Prize (2004), the order “For Glorious Work” (Uzbekistan, 2003) etc.
Professor Bekhzod Yuldashev graduated from Tashkent and Moscow universities (1968) and got his Candidate Degree ( PhD) in 1971 at JINR and Full Professor degree (Doctor of Physics and Mathematics) in 1981. He was spokesman of two experiments performed at Fermi National Laboratory (Batavia, US) and at Canadian nuclear center “TRIUMF” (Vancouver BC) by two international teams involving physicists from Uzbekistan, Russia, US and Canada. In 1977-1978, 1980-1981 and 1989-1990 he was visiting professor at Physics Department of University of Washington (Seattle, USA) and in 2007 at CISAC, Stanford University (Stanford, USA).
His research covered particle and nuclear physics and nuclear applications. He published more than 200 papers and has more than 20 patents. He was scientific supervisor of 27 PhD and 6 Full Professor theses.
In last 15 years Professor Yuldashev is deeply involved in non-proliferation and nuclear applications projects. In particular, he led projects on upgrading physical protection of research reactors, on utilization of highly radioactive sources, development of systems to prevent illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials, the conversion of research reactors to low enriched fuel, the return of highly enriched spent fuel from research reactors to country-origin. Being consultant at IAEA Professor Yuldashev was working on performance of Russian Research Reactor Spent Fuel Return Program and wrote the IAEA technical book on lessons learned from shipments of highly enriched spent fuel from research reactors to country-origin.