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Researchers and PIs frequently utilize the NSC and NUCS Core Facility for their scholarly research projects.


  • Freeze, P. M.; “Attenuation of Arsenic and Soil in Water Using Iron-Enriched Compost,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Washington State University, May 2023.
  • Wren, M. S.; May, I.; Guardincerri, E.; Boswell, M. S.; Herman, S. M.; Warzecha, E. J.; Haney, M. M.; Fotiades, N.; Dale, G. E.; and Hanson, S. K.; “Chemical Separation and Measurement of Platinum Activation Products,” Talanta 2023, 124587, 10.1016/j.talanta.2023.124587.
  • Goncharov, V. G.; Liu; J.; Strzelecki, A.; van Veelen, A.; Bemore, C.; Boukhalfa, H.; White, J. T.; Xu, H.; and Guo, X.; “Energetics of Oxidation and Formation of Uranium Monocarbide,” J. Nucl. Mater. 2023, 10.1016/jnucmat.2023.154446
  • Hall, T. W.; Wang, M.-J.; Sjoden, G. E.; Watrous, M.; and Hines, C.; “Computationally Optimized Irradiation Chamber Design for Production of 135Xe in the Washington State University TRIGA Reactor,” Nucl. Sci. Eng. 2023, 10.1080/00295639.2023.2178227.
  • Chaney, D. Z.; Hirtz, J.; Williams, E.; Minnette, J.; Cureton, W. F.; O’Quinn, E. C.; Zhao, X.; Guo, X.; Matsuoka, T.; Koehler, M.; Sprouster, D.; Lang, M.; “Grain Size Dependence of Thermally Induced Oxidation in Zirconium Carbide,” J. Mater. Sci. 2023, 58(6); 10.1007/s10853-023-08145-8.
  • Culver, D. B.; and Boncella, J. M.; “Intramolecular 1,2 C−H Addition of o-Methyl Groups to Form Unique Ruthenium Pincer Tuck-in Complexes,” ChemCatChem 2023, 15(5), e202201587.


  • Simerl, N.; Beavers, J.; Bahadori, A. A.; and McNeil, W.; “Aerial and Collimated Sensor Radiological Mapping Following Dispersal of Activated Potassium Bromide,” Health Phys. 2022, 123(4), 267 – 277.
  • Horkley, J. J.; Brookhart, J. L.; Cardenas, E. S.; Carney, K. P.; Hines, C.; Houghton, T. P.; Robinson, T. A.; and Watrous, M. G.; “Production of Xenon-135 from Isotropically Enriched Xenon-134 and Xenon-136 Targets,” J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2022, 331, 5447 – 5452.
  • Hinrichs, K. A.; Perfetti, C. M.; LaMont, S. P.; “SCALE Modeling of Foil Irradiations at WSU’s TRIGA with Sensitivity/Uncertainty Analysis,” J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2022,
  • Goncharov, V. G.; Liu, J.; van Veelen, A.;  Kriegsman, K.; Benmore, C.; Sun, C.;  Kelly, S.; White, J. T.; Xu, H.;  Guo, X.; “Energetics of Oxidation and Formation of Uranium Mononitride,” J. Nucl. Mater. 2022,
  • Strzelecki, A. C.; Reece, M.; Zhao, X.; Yu, W.; Benmore, C.; Ren, Y.; Alcorn, C.; Migdisov, A.; Xu, H.; Guo, X.; “Crystal Chemistry and Thermodynamics of HREE (Er, Yb) Mixing in a Xenotime Solid Solution,” ACS Earth Space Chem. 2022,
  • Strzelecki, A. C.; Ren, Y.; Chong, S.; Riley, B. J.; Xu, H.; McCloy, J. S.; Guo, X.; “Structure and Thermodynamics of Calcium Rare Earth Silicate Oxyapatites, Ca2RE8(SiO4)6O2 (RE = Pr, Tb, Ho, Tm),” Phys. Chem. Minerals 2022, 49(13),
  • Eiroa-Lledo, C.; Wall, D.E.; Wall, N.A.; “Extraction mechanism of Tc(IV) by Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP)”, J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2022,
  • Goncharov, V. G.; Nisbet, H.; Strzelecki, A.; Benmore, C. J.; Migdisov, A.; Xu, H.; Guo, X.; “Energetics of Hydroxylbastnäsite Solid Solutions, La1-xNdxCO3OH,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2022,


  • Zhang, X.; Strzelecki, A.; Cockregam, C.; Goncharov, V.; Li, H.; Sun, J.; Sun, H.; Guo, X.; Xu, H.; Ha, S.; Wang, B.; Wang, Y.; Wu, D.; “Thermodynamics of Molybdenum Trioxide (MoO3) Encapsulated in Zeolite Y,” AIChE Journal 2021, 67(12): e17464. doi:10.1002/aic.1746414.
  • Zhang, X.; Reece, M. E.; Cockreham, C. B.; Sun, H.; Wang, B.; Xu, H.; Sun, J.; Guo, X.; Wang, Y.; Wu, D.; “Formation Energetics and Guest-Host Interactions of Molydenum Carbide Confined in Zeolite Y,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60(38), 13991 – 14003.
  • Haseman, M.; Somodi, C. B.; Stepanov, P.; Wall, D. E.; Boatner, L. A.; Hosemann, P.; Wang, Y. Q.; Uberuaga, B. P.; Selim, F. A.; “Neutron Irradiation Induced Defects in Oxides and Their Impact on the Oxide Properties,” J. Appl. Phys. 2021, 129, 215901.
  • Li, J.; Hurlock, M. J.; Goncharov, V. G.; Li, X.; Guo, X.; Zhang, Q. “Solvent-Free and Phase-Selective Synthesis of Aluminum Trimesate Metal-Organic Frameworks,” Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60(7), 4623 – 4632.
  • Simerl, N.; Beavers, J.; Milburn, J.; Dodson, M.; Strahler, R.; Kroeger, R.; Ulloa-Garcia, I.; Moosman, B.; Sin, T.; Kagan, J.; Nelson, K.; Paradis, N.; Bahadori, A.; McNeil, W. “Contamination Measurements from Simultaneous Activated Potassium Bromide Radiological Dispersal Devices with a Collimated Vehicular Sensor,” Health Physics 2021, 120(6), 618 – 627.
  • Strzelecki, A. C.; Barral, T.;Estevenon, P.; Mesbah, A.; Goncharov, V.; Baker, J.; Bai, J.; Clavier, N.; Szenknect, S.; Migdisov, A.; Xu, H.; Ewing, R. C.; Dacheux, N.; and Guo, X. “The Role of Water and Hydroxyl Groups in the Structures of Stetindite and Coffinite, MSiO4 (M = Ce, U),” Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60(2), 718 – 735.


  • Louie, C., Morrison, E., Thomas, M.; Arrigo, L.; Seiner, B. Measurement of Distribution Coefficients on TODGA Resin and Development of a Group Separation for Mixed Activation and Fission Product Samples,” J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2020, 326, 1669 – 1678.
  • Strzelecki, A., Kriegsman, K., Estevenon, P., Goncharov, V., Bai, J., Szenknect, S., Mesbah, A., Wu, D., McCloy, J.S., Dacheux, N., and Guo, X. “High Temperature Thermodynamics of Cerium Silicates, A-Ce2Si2O7 and Ce4.67(SiO4)3O,” ACS Earth and Space Chem. 2020, 4(11), 2129 – 2143.
  • Tokheim, B. G.; Kelly, S. S.; Ronald, R. C.; Nash, K. L. “Synthesis and Characterization of New Unsymmetrical Diglycolamide Extractants for Lanthanide Ion Partitioning: Part One – Straight-chain Alkyl Derivatives,” J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2020, 326, 789 – 800.
  • Strzelecki, A. C.; Bourgeois, C.; Kriegsman, K. W.; Estevenon, P.; Wei, N.; Szenknect, S.; Mesbah, A.; Wu. D.; Ewing, R. C.; Dacheux, N.; Guo, X. “Thermodynamics of CeSiO4: Implications for Actinide Orthosilicates,” Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59(18), 13174 – 13183.
  • Voskanyan, A. A.; Goncharov, V.; Novendra, N.; Guo, X.; Navrotsky, A.; “Thermodynamics Drives the Stability of MOFs in Water,” ACS Omega 2020, 5(22), 13158 – 13163.
  • Eiroa-Lledo, C.; Wall, D. E.; Wall, N. A. “Thermodynamic Parameters for the Complexation of Tc(IV) with Bromide Under Aqueous Conditions,” Radiochim. Acta 2020, 108(5), 409 – 414.
  • Olds, T. A.; Karcher, S. E.; Kriegsman, K. W.; Guo, X.; McCloy, J. S. “Oxidation and Anion Lattice Defect Signatures of Hypostoichiometric Lanthanide-Doped UO2,” J. Nucl. Matr. 2020, 530, 151959.
  • Hao, L.; Hurlock, M.; Li, X.; Ding, G.; Kriegsman, K. W.; Guo, X.; Zhang, Q. “Efficient Oxidative Desulfurization of Fuel Using a Mesoporous Zr-based MOF,” Catal. Today 2020, 350, 64 – 70.
  • Eiroa-Lledo, Cecilia; Lecrivain, Lindsey; Parker, T. Gannon; Wall, Donald E.; Wall, Nathalie A., “Comparison of ReO4- and TcO4- in Solvent Extraction Systems,” Radiochim. Acta 2020, 108(6), 443 – 449.


  • Nienhuis, E.; Saleh, M.; Marcial, J.; Kriegsman, K.; Lonergan, J.; Lipton, A.; Guo, X.; McCloy, J. S. “Structural Characterization of ZnSO4-K2SO4-NaCl Glasses,” J. Non-Cryst. Solids 2019, 524, 119639.
  • Deming, D. A.; Hurlock, M.; Li, X.; Kriegsman, K. W.; Ding, G.; Guo, X.; Zhang, Q. “A Facile Method to Introduce Iron Secondary Metal Centers into Metal-organic Frameworks,” J. Organomet. Chem. 2019, 897, 114 – 119.
  • Trummel, V.; Gupta, S. K.; Pokhrel, M.; Wall, D.; Mao, Y. “Investigating the Impact of Gamma Radiation on Structural and Optical Properties of Eu3+ Doped Rare-Earth Hafnate Pyrochlore Nanocrystals,” J. Luminescence 2019, 207, 1 – 13.


New liner for research reactor pool

The tank that holds the state’s only research nuclear reactor will soon be coated with a new, flexible epoxy lining without the reactor ever having to leave its watery home.

January 24, 2022

Celebrating six decades of nuclear research

After more than 60 years of operation, Washington State University’s nuclear reactor continues to play an important role advancing scientific research both in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

September 9, 2022

Grants fuel research energy

Thanks to a steady influx of grant funding in recent years, Washington State University’s Nuclear Science Center has acquired a raft of state-of-the-art equipment significantly expanding research capabilities.

July 27, 2021

High-resolution X-ray spectrometer coming to Pullman

The WSU Nuclear Science Center, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, will acquire a new high-resolution X-ray spectrometer to perform both X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy.

August 13, 2020