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Nuclear Engineering Colloquium: Rebecca Abergel


Rebecca Abergel, PhD
Assistant Professor
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, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Nuclear Engineering Building, RM 302
1412 Circle Drive Knoxville TN 37996

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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, Prospective Students


NE Fall 2019



Nuclear Engineering

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Michelle McBee

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