Peter C. Burns

Director of ND Energy, Director of Actinide Center of Excellence, and Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame

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Peter C. Burns has focused most of his research over the past decade on the solid-state chemistry, mineralogy, and environmental chemistry of uranium, as well as the transuranic elements neptunium and plutonium. The Burns lab uses many diffraction, scattering, and spectroscopic techniques to study actinides at various length scales. Burns is the Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and concurrent professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He was named Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) in July 2014. Burns also serves as Director of the NNSA Actinide Center of Excellence (ACE) tasked with prioritizing research that is important for Stockpile Stewardship — the certification that the nation’s nuclear weapons are secure and operational.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba in 1994.