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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 decades in some 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 when they determine the presence of lead in paint, or halogenated flame-retardants in furniture, or the occurrence of per-and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS) in the environment. Other work involves the harvesting of long-lived radioisotopes from accelerators for medical, environmental or defense purposes. In each case the successful publication of new science using nuclear physics techniques leads to societal impact.

Publication List - Prof. Peaslee

Selected Publications

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.

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

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.

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.

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. Paige Abel, et al., "Isotope Harvesting at FRIB: Additional opportunities for scientific discovery," J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. (in press) 2019; arXiv:1812.03984

Katherine E. Boronow, Julia Green Brody, Nickilou Krigbaum, Laurel Schaider, Graham Peaslee, Laurie Havas, Barbara Cohn, "Serum concentrations of PFASs and exposure-related behaviors in African American and non-African American women" J. Exposure Sci.  Environ. Epidemiology. 29 (2018) 206-217. 

M.E. Tighe, M. Sisk, H. Beidinger, C. Knaub, M. Lieberman, G. F. Peaslee, "Risky Bismuth: Distinguishing Lead Contamination Sources in Soils " Chemosphere 234 (2019) 297-301.

J. Nattress, T. Nolan, S. McGuinness, P. Rose, A. Erickson, G. Peaslee, and I. Jovanovic, "High-contrast Material Identification by Energetic Multi-particle Spectroscopic Transmission Radiography" (2019) Phys. Rev. Applied 11, 044085

Lara Schultes, Graham F. Peaslee, John D. Brockman, Ashabari Majumdar, Sean R. McGuinness, John T. Wilkinson, Oskar Sandblom, Ruth A. Ngwenyama, and Jonathan P. Benskin, "Total Fluorine Measurements in Food Packaging: How Do Current Methods Perform?", Envr. Sci. Tech. Lett. 6 ( 2019 ) 73-78

Khachatur Manukyan, Cecilia Fasano, Ashabari Majumdar, Graham F. Peaslee, Mark Raddell, Edward Stech, Michael Wiescher, "Surface Manipulation Techniques of Roman Denarii" Appl. Surf. Sci. 493 (2019) 818-828.

Beidinger-Burnett, H., Knaub, C., Ngai, M., Sawyer, K., Sisk, M., Lieberman, M., Peaslee, G. and Tighe, M., 2019. Development of a scaleable, low-cost lead sample collection kit: a blinded case-control study. The Lancet Global Health, 7, S31.


Prof. Peaslee - CV