Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

burns

Peter Burns2

•Massman Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
•Director, Energy Frontier Research Center:  Materials Science of Actinides
•Concurrent Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
156A Fitzpatrick Hall
574-631-7852
pburns@nd.edu
http://www.nd.edu/~cegeos/people/faculty-pages/burns/index.html
 

 

Capabilities

•Solid state chemistry
•Mineralogy
•Environmental chemistry of uranium, as well as the transuranic elements neptunium and plutonium
 
Uranium Cage Clusters
 

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Cage clusters built from peroxo-bridged uranyl polyhedra that also contain pyrophosphate units. Published in 2011

 

Current Energy Research

•Actinide chemistry
•Actinide mineralogy
•Nano-scale materials
•Advanced nuclear energy systems
•Nuclear waste forms
•Geologic disposal of nuclear waste
•Nuclear forensics
•Subsurface geochemistry of actinides
 
Uranium Cage Clusters

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The U1-U28-U40 cage cluster with a U28 fullerene-topology cage and a 40 uranyl polyhedra ring shell.  To be published in 2012







 

Potential SEI Research

Safer Nuclear: actinide materials stabilization-methods for the safer storage of nuclear fuel by-products