Developing novel nanomaterials that provide an enhanced understanding of basic actinide chemistry and the mobility of nuclear materials in environmental systems.

Welcome to the Forbes Research Group!

Recent News:

08/09/2016 - New publication with the Haes Group:  http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/an/c6an00891g#!divAbs...

06/16/2016 - Professor Forbes has been promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry.  http://www.chem.uiowa.edu/news/dr-tori-forbes-promoted-associate-professor

06/08/2016 - Erica Cole featured on Iowa Now!  http://now.uiowa.edu/2016/06/chemistry-herky

06/07/2016 - We want to welcome all of our summer students:  Steven Tucker, Lindsey Floryance, Vincent Parra, Rachel Roberman, Maggie Schnell, Jeffrey Nassif, David Lafayette, and Mackenzie Cole.

05/17/2016 - Congrats to Dr. Joshua de Groot for successfully defending his Ph.D.

04/26/2016 - Congrats to both Madeline and Mo for passing their comprehensive exams.

04/06/2016 - Congrats to Andrew Knight for being awarded a Ballard Seashore Dissertation Fellowship from the UI Graduate College.

04/03/2016 - Professor Forbes was named a University of Iowa Dean's Scholar http://clas.uiowa.edu/news/clas-names-collegiate-scholars-deans-scholars-deans-distinguished-lecturer

03/30/2016 - Congrats to Mo Payne for his Honorable mention for both the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program and the Ford Foundation Fellowship!!

3/01/2016 - New publication with the Schultz and Bettis Research Groups:  Andrew W. Nelson, Adam J. Johns, Eric S. Eithreim, Andrew W. Knight, Madeline Basile, E. Arther Bettis III, Michael K. Schultz, and Tori Z. Forbes "Partitioning of naturally-occuring radionuclides (NORM) in Marcellus Shale produced fluids influenced by chemical matrix." http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/em/c5em00540j#!divAbs...

02/08/2016 - Congrats Erica on her first publication!  New publication: Erica Cole, Erin Flores, Madeline Basile, Ashini Jayasinghe, Joshua de Groot, Daniel K. Unruh, and Tori Z. Forbes*.  "Directing dimensionality in uranyl malate and copper uranyl malate compounds." Polyhedron http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277538716000449

12/08/2015 - Welcome Jennifer Bjorklund and Taylor Fetrow to the Forbes Research Group!

12/08/2015 - New publication with the Haes Research Group: Grace Lu, Tori Forbes, and Amanda Haes.  "Evaluating Best Practices in Raman Spectral Analysis for Uranium Speciation and Relative Abundance in Aqueous Solutions." Analytical Chemistry http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03038

08/07/2015 - New publication: Katie W. Corum, Melissa Fairley, Daniel K. Unruh, Maurice K. Payne, Tori Z. Forbes*, and Sara E. Mason*.  "Characterization of Phosphate and Arsenate Adsorption onto Keggin-Type Al30 Cations by Experimental and Theoretical Methods."  Inorganic Chemistry http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01039

07/07/2015 - New publication: Ashini S. Jayasinghe, Daniel K. Unruh, Andrew Kral, Anna Libo, and Tori Z. Forbes*.  "Structural Features in Metal-Organic Nanotube Crystals That Influence Stability and Solvent Uptake."  Crystal Growth & Design http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00653

06/29/2015 - New publication: Melissa Fairley, Katie W. Corum, Adam Johns, Daniel K. Unruh, Madeline Basile, Joshua de Groot, Sara E. Mason* and Tori Z. Forbes*.  "Isolation and characterization of the [Ga2Al18O8(OH)36(H2O)12]18+ cluster: Cationic Variations of the Wells-Dawson topology." Chemical Communications 
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/cc/c5cc03069b#!divAbs...

05/18/2015 - We welcome our summer students: Taylor Buresh (University of Dubuque), Steven Tucker (University of Iowa), Jenny, and Diego.  Brittany, Erica, and Jeremy have stayed for the summer as well.

05/18/2015 - We welcome graduate student Eric Eitrheim to our group.

05/12/2015 - New publication: Andrew W. Knight, Andrew W. Nelson, Eric S. Eitrheim, Tori Z. Forbes, and Michael K. Schultz*.  "A chromatographic separation of neptunium and protactinium using 1-octanol impregnated onto a solid phase support."  Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10967-015-4124-3

05/06/2015 - Professor Forbes was just awarded the Department of Energy Early Career Award.  More information can be found here: http://research.uiowa.edu/impact/news/ui-chemistry-researcher-forbes-net...

04/02/2015 - New publication: Andrew W. Nelson, Eric S. Eitrheim, Andrew W. Knight, Dustin May, Marinea A. Mehrhoff, Robert Shannon, Robert Litman, William C. Burnett, Tori Z. Forbes, and Michael K. Schultz*.  "Understanding the Radioactive Ingrowth and Decay of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in the Environment: An Analysis of Produced Fluids from the Marcellus Shale."  Environmental Health Perspectives http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1408855/.  This article is featured in the EHP News section.

01/14/2015 - New publication: Daniel K. Unruh, Joshua de Groot, Melissa Fairley, Anna Libo, Samuel Miller, and Tori Z. Forbes*. "Interplay of Condensation and Chelation in Binary and Ternary Th(IV) Systems." Inorganic Chemistry http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ic502313y

12/29/2014 - Congratulations to Andrew Knight for being selected for the U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Student Research Award!  This award will allow Andrew to work on protactinium chemistry at Argonne National Laboratory starting next fall. Read more here: http://www.chem.uiowa.edu/news/knight-receives-doe-office-science-gradua...

 

  • Second novel mixed metal (Th-Al) cluster provides insight into adsorption of actinides on mineral surfaces. (Fairley et. al.)

    Second novel mixed metal (Th-Al) cluster provides insight into adsorption of actinides on mineral surfaces. (Fairley et. al.)

  • Novel aluminum hydroxide molecule crystallized in the Forbes Lab via a supramolecular approach. (Abeysinghe et. al.)

    Novel aluminum hydroxide molecule crystallized in the Forbes Lab via a supramolecular approach. (Abeysinghe et. al.)

  • Smaller aluminum molecular species polymerize into larger (2 nm) clusters via a variety of intermediates. (Abeysinghe et. al.)

    Smaller aluminum molecular species polymerize into larger (2 nm) clusters via a variety of intermediates. (Abeysinghe et. al.)

  • Daniel mounts a crystal.

    Daniel mounts a crystal.

  • Crystal mounted on diffractometer.

    Crystal mounted on diffractometer.

  • Josh checks a vial.

    Josh checks a vial.

  • Erin sorts some vials.

    Erin sorts some vials.

  • The view of the Iowa River from the lab.

    The view of the Iowa River from the lab.

  • The Forbes Research Group.

    The Forbes Research Group.

  • Uranium metal-organic nanotube contains confined water molecules in a hexagonal array. (Unruh et. al.)

    Uranium metal-organic nanotube contains confined water molecules in a hexagonal array. (Unruh et. al.)