Massman Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Director, ND Energy
301A Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering
Areas of Interest
Peter Burns’ research focuses on the solid state and environmental chemistry of heavy metals, especially actinides including uranium, neptunium and plutonium.
Much of this research is applied to nuclear waste disposal and understanding the mobility of actinides and heavy metals in the environment. The structures, compositions, stabilities, and thermochemistry of uranium compounds are studied in relation to the evolution of a geological repository for nuclear waste, as well as natural uranium deposits.