• The Burns lab works at the intersection of radiochemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology. We are interested in taking advantage of the nuclear property of radioactive decay to help address problems spanning from radiopharmaceuticals to nuclear power. In particular, our focus is on 1) the investigation into emerging radioisotopes for medical applications, 2) the design of nanomaterials for radiopharmaceuticals, and 3) the development of new technologies for used nuclear fuel recycling.

    Our lab utilizes a variety of radiochemical techniques, including alpha, beta, and gamma spectroscopy, to develop and understand chemical systems aimed at the separation, purification, and encapsulation of radioisotopes of interest. Other general techniques such as inorganic materials synthesis and characterization are also heavily employed. The multidisciplinary nature of radiochemistry allows students and postdoctoral researchers to have the opportunity to be involved in a diverse and collaborative research program.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Compact automated apparatus for rapid astatine recovery from nitric acid media: Design, application, and impurity characterizationChemical Engineering Journal.  442. 2022
    2022 Complexation of Astatine(III) with Ketones: Roles of NO3-Counterion and Exploration of Possible Binding Modes 2022
    2022 Separation, speciation, and mechanism of astatine and bismuth extraction from nitric acid into 1-octanol and methyl anthranilateSeparation and Purification Technology.  282. 2022
    2021 Spectroscopic characterization of neptunium(vi), plutonium(vi), americium(vi) and neptunium(v) encapsulated in uranyl nitrate hexahydrateJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions.  23:13228-13241. 2021
    2021 Rapid recovery of At-211 by extraction chromatographySeparation and Purification Technology.  256. 2021
    2020 Abe Clearfield and Inorganic Ion Exchange: A Crystallographer’s Approach to Understanding Reactions and MechanismsSolvent Extraction and Ion Exchange.  38:571-572. 2020
    2020 Ion-Exchange Kinetics of Alpha-Zirconium Phosphate Nanoplatelets for Application in Targeted Alpha TherapySolvent Extraction and Ion Exchange.  38:612-628. 2020
    2020 Astatine partitioning between nitric acid and conventional solvents: Indication of covalency in ketone complexation of AtO+Chemical Communications.  56:9004-9007. 2020
    2020 Recovery of Oxidized Actinides, Np(VI), Pu(VI), and Am(VI), from Cocrystallized Uranyl Nitrate Hexahydrate: A Single Technology Approach to Used Nuclear Fuel Recycling 2020
    2020 Erratum: Solid state characterization of oxidized actinides co-crystallized with uranyl nitrate hexahydrate (Dalton Transactions (2020) 49 (608-612) DOI: 10.1039/C9DT04000E) 2020
    2020 Effects of annealing on fission fragment release from electrodeposited Cf-252 thin-films 2020
    2020 Interactions of the Bismuthate Anion with Alkali, Alkaline Earth, Lanthanide, and Actinide Metals in Nitric Acid SystemsACS Applied Energy Materials.  3:1593-1601. 2020
    2020 Solid state characterization of oxidized actinides co-crystallized with uranyl nitrate hexahydrate 2020
    2019 Measuring key Sm isotope ratios in irradiated UO2 for use in plutonium discrimination nuclear forensics 2019
    2019 Experimental validation of a nuclear forensics methodology for source reactor-type discrimination of chemically separated plutoniumNuclear Engineering and Technology.  51:384-393. 2019
    2018 Solubility and Complexation of the Bismuthate Ion in Nitric Acid Systems 2018
    2018 Kinetics of Ion Exchange of Zr/Sn(IV) Phosphonate–Phosphate Hybrid Materials for Separation of Lanthanides from Oxidized ActinidesSolvent Extraction and Ion Exchange.  36:674-686. 2018
    2018 Computational and experimental forensics characterization of weapons-grade plutonium produced in a thermal neutron environmentNuclear Engineering and Technology.  50:820-828. 2018
    2018 Criticality concerns of a group actinide co-crystallization separations approach to used nuclear fuel recyclingAnnals of Nuclear Energy.  115:387-392. 2018
    2018 Uranyl nitrate hexahydrate solubility in nitric acid and its crystallization selectivity in the presence of nitrate saltsJournal of Cleaner Production.  172:867-871. 2018
    2018 Nuclear forensics methodology for reactor-Type attribution of chemically separated plutoniumNuclear Technology.  201:1-10. 2018
    2017 Sensitivity studies and experimental evaluation for optimizing transcurium isotope productionNuclear Science and Engineering.  185:473-483. 2017
    2016 Effects of annealing temperature on morphology and thickness of samarium electrodeposited thin films 2016
    2016 Group Hexavalent Actinide Separations: A New Approach to Used Nuclear Fuel Recycling 2016
    2016 Samarium electrodeposited acetate and oxide thin films on stainless steel substrate characterized by XPSSurface Science Spectra.  23:70-81. 2016
    2015 Californium Recovery from Palladium WireSeparation Science and Technology.  50:2819-2822. 2015
    2015 Californium purification and electrodeposition 2015
    2015 Californium electrodepositions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2015
    2015 Actinide targets for the synthesis of super-heavy elementsNuclear Physics A.  944:99-116. 2015
    2012 Separation of oxidized americium from lanthanides by use of pillared metal(IV) phosphate-phosphonate hybrid materialsRadiochimica Acta.  100:901-906. 2012
    2012 Separation of Americium from Curium by oxidation and ion exchangeAnalytical Chemistry.  84:6930-6932. 2012
    2012 Pillared metal(IV) phosphate-phosphonate extraction of actinidesRadiochimica Acta.  100:381-387. 2012
    2012 Rates of Exchange of Cs + and Sr 2+ for Poorly Crystalline Sodium Titanium Silicate (CST) in Nuclear Waste SystemsSolvent Extraction and Ion Exchange.  30:229-243. 2012

    Research Overview

  • Radiochemistry, Radioisotope Separations, Radiopharmaceutical Drug Delivery, Used Nuclear Fuel Recycling
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, Texas A&M University 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, MidAmerica Nazarene University 2008
  • Full Name

  • Jonathan Burns