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Graham Peaslee

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 Peaslee Publications - PDF file

Selected Publications

Meghanne E. Tighe*, D. Kai Libby*, Stanna K. Dorn*, Jeffrey R. Hosmer*, Graham F. Peaslee, "A Survey of Metals found in Tattoo Inks" J. Env. Prot. 8 (2017) 1243-1253.

E.F. Aguilera, E. Martinez-Quiroz, P. Amador-Valenzuela, D. Lizcano, A. Garcia-Flores, J. J. Kolata, A. Roberts, G. V. Rogachev, G. F. Peaslee, V. Guimaraes, F. D. Becchetti, A. Villano, M. Ojaruega, Y. Chen, H. Jiang, M. Febbraro, P.A. DeYoung, T. L. Belyaeva, "Sub-barrier fusion of weakly-bound 6Li with 58Ni" Phys. Phys. Rev. C96 (2017) 024616.

AE Robel, K Marshall, M Dickinson*, DM Lunderberg*, CM Butt, H Stapleton, GF Peaslee, J Lang, M. Barlaz, JA Field, "Closing the Mass Balance on Fluorine in Papers and Textiles " Environ. Sci. Tech. 51 (2017) 9022-9032.

EE Ritter*, ME Dickinson*, JP Harron*, DM Lunderberg*, PA DeYoung, AE Robel, JA Field, GF Peaslee, "PIGE as a screening tool for Per- and polyfluorinated substances in papers and textiles" Nucl. Instr. Meth. B407 (2017) 47-54.

Jennifer L. Burkemper, Tolulope A. Aweda, Adam J. Rosenberg, David M. Lunderberg*, Graham F. Peaslee, Suzanne E. Lapi, "Radiosynthesis and biological distribution of [18F]-labeled perfluorinated alkyl substances." Environ. Sci. Tech. Letters 4 (2017) 211-215.

LA Schaider, S Balan, A Blum, DQ Andrews, MJ Stryner, ME Dickinson*, DM Lunderberg*, JR Lang, GF Peaslee, "Fluorinated compounds in U.S. fast food packaging" Environ. Sci. Tech. Letters 4 (2017) 105-111.

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).


CV Prof. Peaslee - PDF file