Director, Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Director, Materials Science of Actinides - an Energy Frontier Research Center

Henry Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Concurrent Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

​University of Notre Dame

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Featured recent research publications


A Revised and Expanded Structure Hierarchy of Natural and Synthetic Hexavalent Uranium Compounds.
  Aaron J. Lussier, Rachel A.K. Lopez, and Peter C. Burns
  Canadian Mineralogist (2016) 54, 177-283.Download PDF Here 

Structure and Reactivity of X-Ray Amorphous Uranyl Peroxide, U2O7.
​  Samuel O. Odah, Jacob Shambling, Christopher A. Colla, Sarah Hickam, Haylie L. Lobeck, Rachel A.K. Lopez,
  Travis Olds, Jennifer E.S. Szymanowski, Ginger E. Sigmon, Joerg Neuefeind, William H. Casey, Maik Lang,
  Laura Gagliardi, and Peter C. Burns
  Inorganic Chemistry (2016) (download here)

Thermodynamic studies of studtite thermal decomposition pathways via amorphous intermediates UO3, U2O7, and UO4.
  Xiaofeng Gao, Hongwu Xu, Peter C. Burns, and Alexander Navrotsky 
  Journal of Nuclear Materials (2016) (download here).

Hybrid Lanthanide-Actinide Peroxide Cage Clusters.
  Ginger E. Sigmon, Jennifer E.S. Szymanowski, Korey P. Carter, Christopher L. Cahill, and Peter C. Burns
  Inorganic Chemistry (2016) 2682-2684.

Cation-Dependent Hierarchical Assembly of U60 Nanoclusters into Macro-Ion Assemblies Imaged via Cryogenic Transmission Electron Microscopy.
  Jennifer A. Soltis, Christine M. Wallace, R. Lee Penn, and Peter C. Burns
  Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016) 191-198.

Processing Used Nuclear Fuel with Nanoscale Control of Uranium and Ultrafiltration.
​  Ernest M. Wylie, Kathryn M. Peruski, Sarah E. Prizio, Andrea N.A. Bridges, Tracy S. Rudisell, David T. Hobbs,
  William A. Phillip, and Peter C. Burns
  Journal of Nuclear Materials (2016) 473, 125-130.

Synthesis and Preservation of Graphene-Supported Uranium Dioxide Nanocrystals.
  Hanya Ma, Haiteo Wang, Peter C. Burns, Bruce K. McNamara, Edgar C. Buck, and Chongzheng Na.
  Journal of Nuclear Materials (2016) doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2016.03.027

Incorporation of Np(V) and U(VI) in carbonate and sulfate minerals crystallized from aqueous solution.
  Enrica Balboni, Jessica M. Morrison, Zheming Wang, Mark H. Engelhard, and Peter C. Burns
  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2015) (download here).



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