Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Antonio Simonetti

Office:  105 Cushing Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-6710


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Current Positions
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Ph.D, Carleton University
M.S., McGill University
B.S., McGill University

Research Interests
My research expertise is in deciphering and identifying the chemical and isotopic signatures of natural or manufactured nuclear materials/ores at high spatial resolution for the purposes of forensic analysis and source attribution.  Nuclear forensic analysis is intimately connected to understanding the nuclear fuel cycle, as "fuel" for devices used in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons derives from the processing of urano- and thoro-genic materials.

Key Words
Nuclear Forensics, Materials Characterization, Nuclear Safeguards, Source Attribution, Analysis of Pre- and Post-detonation Materials

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). Isotopic Fingerprinting of the World’s First Nuclear Device Using Post-Detonation Materials. Analytical Chemistry, 85: 4195-4198.
  2. Wallace C, Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Hainley T, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). A multi-method approach for determination of radionuclide distribution in trinitite. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 298: 993-1003.
  3. Bellucci JJ, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Simonetti A, Burns PC, Kieser J, Port E, Walczak T (2013). Distribution and Behavior of Some Radionuclides Associated with the Trinity Nuclear Test. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 295: 2049-2057.
  4. Simonetti A, Bellucci JJ, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). Nonproliferation and nuclear forensics: Detailed, multi-analytical investigation of trinitite post-detonation materials. 2013 Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course Series, Volume 43: 395-416.
  5. Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). The Pb Isotopic Composition of Trinitite Melt Glass: Evidence for the Presence of Canadian Industrial Pb in the First Atomic Weapon Test. Analytical Chemistry, 85: 7588-7593.