• Oct 24 2014 - 3:30pm, W128 Chemistry Building

    Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    “Diamonds are a Guy’s Best Friend: Diamond and its applications in renewable energy and environmental science”

  • Oct 30 2014 - 12:30pm, W55 Chemistry Building

    Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University

    "Ruthenium Catalyzed Silylvinylation of Alkynes"

  • Oct 30 2014 - 12:30pm, C29 Pomerantz Center

    UIowa Microfabrication facility

    "UI Microfabrication Facility: Converging Science and Technology at the Nanoscale"

Actinides are a major source of radioactivity associated with nuclear waste and their transport in environmental systems is enhanced through adsorption onto small (1-5 nm) nanoparticles. The Forbes research group synthesizes novel actinide nanomaterials that are used as geochemical model compounds to enhance our understanding of the mobility of nuclear materials in environmental systems. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction and synchrotron techniques, such as high-energy X-ray scattering, are used to provide a molecular-level understanding of the structural characteristics of the 232Th and 238U complexes that will aid in the development of novel remediation methods for nuclear materials.