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. Lussier AJ, Rouvimov S, Burns PC, Simonetti A (2017). Nuclear-blast induced nanotextures in quartz and zircon within Trinitite. American Mineralogist, 102: 445-460.
  2. Donohue PH, Simonetti A (2016). Vesicle size distribution as a novel nuclear forensics tool. PLoS ONE. 11(9): e0163516. DOI:10.1371/journal. pone.0163516.
  3. Koeman EC, McNamara BK, Smith FN, Simonetti A, Burns PC (in press). Developing methodologies for source attribution: Glass phase separation in Trinitite using NF3. Radiochimica Acta.
  4. Balboni E, Jones N, Spano T, Simonetti A, Burns PC (2016). Chemical and Sr isotopic characterization of North American uranium ores: nuclear forensic applications. Applied Geochemistry, 74: 24-82.
  5. Dustin MK, Koeman EC, Simonetti A, Torrano Z, Burns PC (2016). Comparative investigation between in-situ laser ablation- vs. bulk sample (solution mode)-ICP-MS analysis of Trinitite post-detonation materials. Applied Spectroscopy, 70: 1446-1455.