John M. Berg

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Uranium(VI) Sorption Complexes on Montmorillonite as a Function of Solution Chemistry1 Catherine J. Chisholm-Brause,∗,2 John M. Berg,† Robert A. Matzner,‡ and David E. Morris§ ∗School of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, VIMS, Gloucester Point, Virginia 23062; †Nuclear Materials Technology Division and §Chemistry Division, MS J514, Los Alamos(More)
Actinium-225 is a promising isotope for targeted-α therapy. Unfortunately, progress in developing chelators for medicinal applications has been hindered by a limited understanding of actinium chemistry. This knowledge gap is primarily associated with handling actinium, as it is highly radioactive and in short supply. Hence, Ac(III) reactivity is often(More)
A-type tri-lacunary heteropolyoxotungstate anions (e.g., [PW9O34](9-), [AsW9O34](9-), [SiW9O34](10-), and [GeW9O34](10-)) are multidentate oxygen donor ligands that readily form sandwich complexes with actinyl cations ({UO2}(2+), {NpO2}(+), {NpO2}(2+), and {PuO2}(2+)) in near-neutral/slightly alkaline aqueous solutions. Two or three actinyl cations are(More)
Although several publications report on the electronic structure of the neptunyl ion, experimental measurements to detail the photophysical dynamics of this open-shell actinyl system are limited in number. Time-resolved photoluminescence has been a useful experimental approach for understanding photophysical dynamics and relaxation pathways of a variety of(More)
In this paper, we report for the first time the identification and assignments of complex atomic emission spectra of mixed actinide oxides using laser-induced plasma spectroscopy or laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Preliminary results of LIBS measurements on samples of uranium dioxide (UO2)/plutonium dioxide (PuO2) and UO2/PuO2/americium dioxide(More)
We report the first example of photoluminescence from electronically excited states of the plutonyl ion. Discrete emission transitions were measured between 6000 and 10,200 cm(-1) from crystalline Cs2U(Pu)O2Cl4 cooled to 75 K following pulsed laser excitation at 628 nm. An excitation spectrum in the region of 15,000-16,500 cm(-1) is compared with 4.2 K(More)
Metal aquo ions occupy central roles in all equilibria that define metal complexation in natural environments. These complexes are used to establish thermodynamic metrics (i.e., stability constants) for predicting metal binding, which are essential for defining critical parameters associated with aqueous speciation, metal chelation, in vivo transport, and(More)
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