Nuclear Engineering Colloquium: Rebecca Abergel
Rebecca Abergel, PhD
Nuclear Engineering Dept.
University of CA, Berkeley
"Heavy Elements in Nature: Where Waste Management, Decontamination, and Nuclear Medicine Meet."
From potential contamination of individuals with radioactive fission products after a nuclear accident to the therapeutic use of radio-isotopes for cancer diagnostics and treatment, the coordination and biological chemistry of actinides have become increasingly relevant to a number of applied problems. Understanding the fundamental bonding interactions of selective metal assemblies presents a rich set of scientific challenges and is critical to the characterization of f-element coordination chemistry in environmentally and biologically relevant species, and to the development of highly efficient separation reagents or new therapeutic agents. Our approach to these challenges uses a combination of biochemical and spectroscopic studies on both in vitro and in vivo systems to characterize the selective binding of f-block metal ions by natural and biomimetic hard oxygen-donor architectures and the subsequent macromolecular recognition of the resulting assemblies.
Wednesday, September 11 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Nuclear Engineering Building, RM 302
1412 Circle Drive Knoxville TN 37996