Chemist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

For twenty three years, I’ve worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

About half of this has been directly in the laboratory, while the other half has been leading individual projects and multidisciplinary programs.

Element 116, Livermorium, adopted by IUPAC on May 31, 2012

Bryan with Spencer the Wonder Dog

From 1992 to 1994, I had a post-doc associate position, and my research interests were in sensor development, both high temperature ion conducting ceramics (such as for combustion exhaust monitors) as well as aqueous electrochemical sensors, such as for effluent monitoring for pH, heavy metal concentrations, etc.

In 1994, I got hired into a staff position at LLNL, and I moved into the area of waste stream mediation.  Some of the projects were “Mediated Electrochemical Oxidation” (using an electrochemically-produced higher valent element, such as Ag(II) to oxidize organics to carbon dioxide) or “Direct Chemical Oxidation” which used peroxydisulfate to chew up organics (the peroxydisulfate was replenished electrochemically).

In 1998, I shifted my research interests and moved into looking at the functional lifetimes of materials in extreme radiation or chemical environments.

In 2001, this interest in materials and chemistry and compatibility coalesced into leading my own project, and by 2003, I was leading a small program at LLNL in this area.

Quick summary of my research interests:

Ceramic ionic conductors

Electrochemical sensors

Interaction of radiation with polymers

Polymer lifetime predictions

Computed Tomography of foamed polymer structures

Materials Compatibility, especially long-term

Material outgassing and headspace analysis


One comment

  1. Richard franck says:

    How can ACS influence industry to keep jobs in the USA? Outsourcing to countries with lower costs due to lower pay, lower safety and environmental costs is a serious issue. Globalization without regulations provide benefits to stockholders and top executives, but does little for employment of American scientists.

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