Jay LaVerne

Concurrent Professional Specialist, Physics

Concurrent Professional Specialist, Physics

314 Radiation Research Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-5563

Research Interests

Radiation effects in condensed phases are due to complex interactions between the transport of energy, the decomposition of medium molecules, and the diffusion and reaction of transient species. The program is multidisciplinary, ranging from probing the fundamental physics and chemistry associated with the interaction of radiation with matter to examining the practical consequences of that radiolysis in biology, medicine, and engineering. Short-lived species and their kinetics are determined experimentally in the radiolysis of water, organics, and polymers with a wide variety of radiation types and energy using the facilities of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory and the Department of Physics Nuclear Structure Laboratory. Interfacial radiation effects involving the transport of energy and matter through heterogeneous boundaries are being explored for identification of the underlying mechanisms and for application to nuclear reactor technology and the environmental management of radioactive waste materials. Astrochemical and astrobiological studies are simulating the radiation ageing of cosmic ices within the laboratory for comparison with astrophysical observations and for predicting the formation of molecules important in the evolution of life.


B.S., Lamar University, 1972
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1981


J. Schofield, S. C. Reiff, S. M. Pimblott and J. A. La Verne (2016) "Radiolytic hydrogen generation at silicon carbide - water interfaces", Journal of Nuclear Materials 469, 43-50.

S. C. Reiff and J. A. La Verne (2015) "Radiation-Induced Chemical Changes to Iron Oxides", Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119, 7358-7365.

S. C. Reiff and J. A. La Verne (2015) "Gamma and He Ion Radiolysis of Copper Oxides", Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119, 8821-8828.

J. Ma, J. A. LaVerne and M. Mostafavi (2015) "Scavenging the Water Cation in Concentrated Acidic Solutions", Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119, 10629-10636.

J. A. LaVerne and J. Dowling-Medley (2015) "Combinations of Aromatic and Aliphatic Radiolysis", Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119, 10125-10129.