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Graham Peaslee

Professor, Experimental Nuclear Physics

A.B. Princeton University, 1981
Ph. D. SUNY Stony Brook, 1987

224 Nieuwland Science Hall

574-631-7554 office phone

Research Interests

Applied Nuclear Physics encompasses a broad array of experimental measurements, and my research interests lie at the interface between any nuclear or atomic physics measurement method and materials that impact society. This is the definition of applied research, in the sense that my group typically does not develop the basic techniques that have existed for decays in many cases, but we work on applying traditional methods in novel environments. Most of our measurements are accelerator-based (known as Ion Beam Analysis), where light charged particles are used to bombard the surface of some solid material. The resultant x-rays, gamma-rays or UV-Vis light emitted, plus the scattering of charged particles  can yield important information about the elemental content and distribution within a sample. These measurements have applications in the determination of lead in paint, or halogenated flame-retardants in furniture, or the occurrence of per-and polyfluorinated compounds in the environment. Other work involves the harvesting of long-lived radioisotopes from accelerators for medical, environmental or defense purposes.

Full List of Publications (PDF file)

Selected Publications

Sarah A. Brokus*, Danielle K. Silletti*, J. Mark Lunderberg*, Paul A. DeYoung, Graham F. Peaslee, Dyanne E. Carpenter, and JoAnn Buscaglia, "Cathodoluminescence dependence on feldspar mineral structure" Am. Mineralogist 100 (2015) 451-458.

Arlene Blum,  Simona A. Balan, Martin Scheringer, Gretta Goldenman, Xenia Trier, Ian Cousins, Miriam Diamond, Tony Fletcher, Christopher Higgins, Avery E. Lindeman, Graham Peaslee,  Pim de Voogt, Zhanyun Wang, Roland Weber, "The Madrid Statement on Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)"   Env. Health Perspectives 123 (2015) A107-A111

Adam M. Maley*, Kyle A. Falk*, Luke Hoover*, Elly B. Earlywine*, Michael D. Seymour, Paul A. DeYoung, Arlene Blum, Heather M. Stapleton and Graham F. Peaslee; "Detection of Halogenated Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam by Particle Induced X-ray Emission"; Nucl. Instr. Meth.  B358 (2015) 21-25.

Alexandra S. Benson*, Meagan B. Elinski*, Christopher K. Beaudoin*, Kyle A. Alexander*, Monica L. Ohnsorg*, Graham F. Peaslee, Paul A. DeYoung, Mary E. Anderson, "Metal-Organic Coordinated Multilayer Film Formation: Quantitative Analysis of Composition and Structure" Thin Solid Films 590 (2015) 103–110.

Tara Mastren, Aranh Pen, Shaun Loveless, Bernadette V. Marquez, Elizabeth Bollinger, Boone Marois*, Nicholas Hubley*, Kyle Brown, David J. Morrissey, Graham F. Peaslee, Suzanne E. Lapi, "Harvesting 67Cu from the Collection of a Secondary Beam Cocktail at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory"  J. Analyt. Chem., 87 (2015)10323–10329.

Mastren, Tara, Aranh Pen, Christopher Loveless*, Bernadette Marquez, Elizabeth Bollinger*, Boone Marois*, Kyle Brown, David Morrissey, Graham Peaslee, and Suzanne Lapi, "Production and biological evaluation of the therapeutic isotope 67Cu produced by heavy-ion fragmentation at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory." J. Nucl. Med.  56 (2015) 1040.

Gillian Z. Miller, Meghanne E. Tighe*, Graham F. Peaslee and Jeff Gearhart, "Toys, Décor, and More: Evidence of Hazardous Electronic Waste Recycled into New Consumer Products", J. Env. Protection 7 (2016) 341-350.

Johnsie R. Lang, B. McKay Allred, Graham Peaslee, Jennifer A. Field, Morton A. Barlaz, "Physical and Biological Leaching of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Laboratory-Scale Anaerobic Bioreactors Filled with Carpet and Clothing"  Env. Sci. Tech.  50 (2016) 5024-5032.

Mary E. Marisa, Shiliang Zhou, Brent C. Melot, Graham F. Peaslee, and James R. Neilson, "Paracrystalline Disorder from Phosphate Ion Orientation and Substitution in Synthetic Bone Mineral" (submitted) Chem. Mat.  (2016).


Prof. Peaslee CV (PDF file)