Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame




Peter Burns

Office:  301 Stinson-Remick Hall

Phone:  574-631-7852


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Current Positions
Henry Massman Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Concurrent Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy)
Director, Energy Frontier Research Center for the Materials Science of Actinides

Ph.D., Geology, University of Manitoba
M.S., Geology, University of Western Ontario
B.S., Geology, University of New Brunswick

Research Interests
Dr. Burns's research focuses on several aspects of actinides, including their materials science, mineralogy, geochemistry, environmental transport, nanoscale control, and aspects of national security. The Burns group studies natural uranium and thorium minerals, and a broad range of materials that are synthesized, containing thorium, uranium, neptunium, or plutonium. The group uses many diffraction, scattering, and spectroscopic techniques to study actinides at various length scales.

Key Words
Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Ernest M. Wylie, Kathryn M. Peruski, Jacob L. Weidman, William A. Phillip, and Peter C. Burns, “Ultrafiltration of Uranyl Peroxide Nanoclusters for the Separation of Uranium from Aqueous Solution,”   ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2014) 6, 473-479.
  2. Jie Qiu and Peter C. Burns, “Clusters of Actinides with Oxide, Peroxide, or Hydroxide Bridges,” Chemical Reviews (2013) 113, 1097-1120.
  3. Peter C. Burns, Rodney C. Ewing, and Alexandra Navrotsky, “Nuclear Fuel in a Reactor Accident,” Science, (2012) 335, 1184-118.
  4. Brendan T. McGrail, Laura S. Pianowski, and Peter C. Burns, “Photochemical Water Oxidation and Origin of Nonaqueous Uranyl Peroxide Complexes,” Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014) 136, 4797-4800.