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Leah Squires


Research Areas:
Analytical Chemistry



​PhD in Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
BS in Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, 2002


Squires, LN; King, J; Fielding, R; Lessing,P. Isolation of High Purity Americium Metal via Distillation J. Nucl. Mater., 500 (2018), pp. 26-32.


Squires, LN; Lessing, P.  Direct chemical reduction of neptunium oxide to neptunium metal using calcium and calcium chloride  J. Nucl. Mater., 471 (2016), pp. 65-68.


Burkes, Douglas E.; Kennedy, Rory; Hartmann, Thomas; Squires, Leah N. Phase Characteristics of a U-30Pu-5Am-3Np-20Zr Metallic Alloy Containing Rare Earths. Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion (2009), 30(4), 309-317.


Goldcamp, Michael J.; Edison, Sara E.; Squires, Leah N.; Rosa, Dell T.; Vowels, Neil K.; Coker, Nathan L.; Bauer, Jeanette A. Krause; Baldwin, Michael J.  Structural and Spectroscopic Studies of Nickel(II) Complexes with a Library of Bis(oxime)amine-Containing Ligands.  Inorganic Chemistry  (2003), 42(3), 717-728. 


​World Nuclear University Summer Institute Fellow (2009)

Radiochemistry Society Presidential Award (2008)

HPLC Travel Award (2006)

University of Illinois Department of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Literature Seminar (2003)

Phi Beta Kappa (2002)

Magna Cum Laude (2002)

Research Interests:

Isolation and purification of actinide metals, including neptunium and americium, for use in the fabrication of transmutation fuels.  These metals are currently available only as oxides or in metal mixtures, not as pure metals. Processes must be continually designed and developed to isolate them from the various metal and oxide mixes and to reduce the oxides to metals.

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