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Filling the “Isotope Specialist” Pipeline: The Washington State University Approach. Ken Nash, Sue Clark, Paul Benny, Aurora Clark, Don Wall, Nathalie Wall, Jim Elliston. Radiochemistry @ WSU Circa 1999. Research reactor, no NE program R. Filby, Neutron Activation Analysis

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Filling the isotope specialist pipeline the washington state university approach

Filling the “Isotope Specialist” Pipeline: The Washington State University Approach

Ken Nash, Sue Clark, Paul Benny, Aurora Clark, Don Wall, Nathalie Wall, Jim Elliston


Radiochemistry @ WSU Washington State University ApproachCirca 1999

  • Research reactor, no NE program

    • R. Filby, Neutron Activation Analysis

    • S. Clark, Actinide Chemistry

    • Reactor Staff

    • Radiation Safety Office

  • Radiochemistry research laboratories

  • Approx. $300,000/year research funding

    • Primarily DOE Office of Science, BES & BER

  • Approx. 7 Ph.D. seeking students; 1-2 grads/year

  • Hands-on radiochemistry graduate and undergraduate courses


Radiochemistry @ WSU Washington State University ApproachCirca 1999, Continued

  • R. Filby retirement in 2001

  • 1 – 2 faculty retirements / year in Chemistry Department

  • “Difficult” state budget situation (so no new hires)

  • Increasing undergraduate student numbers

  • Little or no “start-up” funding for positions

  • Possible opportunities for increasing federal research funding in radiochemistry education


Chemistry department
Chemistry Department Washington State University Approach

Since 1999,

  • Radiochemistry included as a primary focus area in curriculum

  • Cross training students in fundamentals of chemistry and nuclear chemistry

  • Increased the number of faculty positions

  • Increased the number of radiochemistry students

    • Undergraduate and graduate

  • Increased outreach to the community


Sue clark professor
Sue Clark, Professor Washington State University Approach

Research Interests

  • Environmental Chemistry of Actinides and Lanthanides

  • Mineral Phases of Tailing piles

  • Environmental Clean up

  • Nuclear Security


Ken nash professor
Ken Nash, Professor Washington State University Approach

Research Interests

  • Advanced Fuel Cycle

  • Reprocessing

  • Separation science

  • Solution chemistry of lanthanides and actinides


Paul benny assistant professor
Paul Benny, Assistant Professor Washington State University Approach

  • Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

    • Design of new molecular targeting agents for therapy and imaging

  • Radio Environmental Chemistry

    • Isolation and identification of migrant radionuclides.

Biotargeting Molecule

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Aurora clark assistant professor
Aurora Clark, Assistant Professor Washington State University Approach

Simulation of Actinide Materials

Computation Chemistry of Lanthanides and Actinides

  • Separations

  • Solvation models

  • Developing f electron systems

  • Environmental modeling

Using electronic structure to understand physical properties,

Magnetic properties of reduced U-minerals

DFT Study of Actinide Complexes


Harold dodgen facility
Harold Dodgen Facility Washington State University Approach

  • 1 MW TRIGA Nuclear Reactor

  • James C. Sullivan milligram Np, Pu laboratory

    Director of the reactor, Don Wall


Veterinarian medicine
Veterinarian Medicine Washington State University Approach

Diagnosis of disease in animals

  • Magnetic Resonance

  • Radiopharmaceuticals

    Treatmentof disease in animals

  • External beam radiation

  • Radiopharmaceuticals


Radiochemistry @ WSU Today Washington State University Approach

  • Seven radiochemistry faculty: four tenured or tenure track, three research professors

  • Increased research funding (Approx. $600,000/year research funding, with increases expected)

    • Primarily DOE Office of Science, BES, NE & BER

  • Increased number of Ph.D. seeking students (18 at present)

  • Hands on radiochemistry graduate and undergraduate courses and undergraduate research

  • More diversity in course offerings

  • Student internships at national labs

  • WSU faculty sabbaticals at national labs

  • National lab staff sabbaticals at WSU

  • Improved and expanded facilities on tap for 2009


Supporters of the wsu radiochemistry program
Supporters of the WSU Washington State University ApproachRadiochemistry Program

  • US Department of Energy

  • DOE Radiochemistry Education Award Program

  • WSU

    • WSU Dean of Science and the Provost’s Office

    • Chemistry Department

    • Harold Dodgen, Roy Filby

  • State of Washington


6.8 Washington State University Approach

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Who is training the next generation of nuclear scientists
Who is training the next generation of Nuclear Scientists? Washington State University Approach

The rest of the world!


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