Professor Peter Burns


United States of America

Peter C. Burns is the Henry Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and Concurrent Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame, and Director of an Energy Frontier Research Center focused on the materials science of actinides. Burns’ research emphasizes the solid state, aqueous, and cluster chemistry of uranium and neptunium, including uranium mineralogy and societally important issues such as nuclear waste disposal and transport of radionuclides in the environment. Starting in 2005, Burns developed a family of more than 100 nanoscale uranium-oxygen cage clusters that self-assemble in water, and he is developing applications of these to take advantage of their unique properties. Burns’ research has produced more than 380 published archival journal contributions, as well as three books. He has received various awards including the Peacock, Hawley and Young Scientist Medals of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Society of America Award, and the Donath Medal of the Geological Society of America.

Why are you are so excited about participating in IMA 2018?
IMA continues to be the premier mineralogical conference in the world, and Australia is an excellent venue for this meeting given the major contributions of the many mineralogists there.