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

Laboratories and Resources

The Forbes Research Lab 

Our research lab is designed for chemical synthesis and materials characterization.  Our lab in Chemistry Building W375 is licensed to work with 238-U and 232-Th and we share space in the Uiowa Shared Radiochemistry facility (Chemistry Building E124) to work with 237-Np.

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Lab 1

Lab 2

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Instrumentation Available

Single Crystal X-ray diffraction

Thermogravimetric Analysis combined with evolved gas analysis (FTIR spectroscopy)

Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Raman Spectroscopy

Electrochemical Analyzer

UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy


Shared instrumentation facilities also utilized by the Forbes Research Group

Uiowa Shared Radiochemistry Facility

Iowa CREATES Facility

UIowa X-Ray Diffraction Facility 

UIowa NMR Central Research Facility