Graduate Programs - USA
Featuring one of the few full-time operating university research reactors in the U.S., Oregon State University offers unique opportunities for graduate study in nuclear and radiation chemistry. The nuclear reactor, a 1 MW TRIGA reactor, is located in a large modern nuclear research center at the periphery of the OSU campus. Also housed in this building are the nuclear engineering department with its extensive research program along with modern instrumentation and computer facilities. Personal computers, workstations and a vector processing mainframe insure adequate computation power.

Two senior faculty members, Prof. Malcolm Daniels and Prof. Walter Loveland direct the research effort of postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists, graduate and undergraduate students. Prof. Loveland's research has involved studies of heavy ion-induced nuclear reactions at low, intermediate, relativistic and ultrarelativistic energies. Among Loveland's current research is: (a) the synthesis of new heavy elements and new n-rich isotopes of the heavy elements, (b) the characterization of intermediate energy reactions involving heavy projectiles such as Xe, Au and heavy target nuclei, and (c) the study of the Pu speciation at real environmental levels of 10-18 M.

Professor Daniel's current research interests are directed to studies of (a) the excited states of DNA and (b) time-resolved spectroscopy and speciation of actinides. Excitation is by laser or synchrotron radiation (Orsay), and g-rays. Properties looked at include emission and excitation spectra, lifetimes and polarizations over a wide range of temperatures.The work is carried out in cooperation with the Institute Curie, Paris (France) and the Biophysics Department, University of Stockholm, and Joint Research Centre of the European Community, Ispra (Italy).

Prof. Emeritus R. A. Schmitt continues to be active in research although he does not accept new students. Professor Schmitt's research interests center in the field of cosmochemistry, in particular on trace elemental studies in meteorites, terrestrial and lunar samples. His research group participated in the analysis of the lunar samples returned from the six U.S. manned missions, Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, and the three U.S.S.R. unmanned remote missions, Luna 16, 20, and 24. He also does work in applications of activation analysis to oceanography (deep sea drill cores) and geochemistry.

Research assistantship and fellowships are available for graduate study in nuclear and radiation chemistry.

For further information, contact:
W. Loveland
Chemistry Department
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5903
Phone: (503) 737-7078