The Department of Chemistry of Purdue University offers an interdisciplinary program of graduate research and study in nuclear and radiochemistry leading to the Ph.D. degree.
The primary emphasis of this program is on research, and graduate students have a choice of three different research programs. The group of Prof. P. J. Daly (D. Phil., Oxford University, 1963) is involved in experimental nuclear structure investigations by in-beam gamma-ray and electron spectroscopy using heavy ion accelerator beams. Recent work has included studies of nuclear superdeformation and related high-spin structural phenomena, as well as the properties of otherwise hard-to-reach neutron- rich nuclei produced in deep-inelastic heavy ion collisions.
The group of Prof. M. E. Lipschutz (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1962) is interested in geo- and cosmochemistry. Their research involves: determination of trace and ultratrace elements by neutron activation, atomic absorption spectroscopy and other trace techniques; and determination of cosmogenic radionuclides by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). Using their trace element data, they are currently studying thermal fractionation episodes during formation and evolution of primitive solar system objects. Their data for cosmogenic radionuclides are being used to establish irradiation histories of meteorites and terrestrial ages of Antarctic meteorites.
The group of Prof. N. T. Porile (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1957) is interested in the properties of highly excited nuclear matter. Highly excited nuclei undergo multifragmentation and this phenomenon is being studied with a 4-pi detector. The possible formation of a quark-gluon plasma is being investigated in p-p bar reactions at Fermilab and at the Brookhaven relativistic heavy ion collider (RHIC), as part of the STAR collaboration. The production of strange quark matter is under investigation.
The Department has excellent facilities for research in nuclear and radiochemistry. They include a counting room equipped with instruments to measure all types of nuclear radiations, radiochemistry laboratories, a hot laboratory, and target and sample preparation rooms. The Purdue AMS (based upon an 8 MV Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator) is one of 3 National AMS Facilities supported by NSF (and NASA). As part of one of the outstanding Chemistry departments in the country the group has full access to the departmental instrument and machine shops, as well as direct lines to the university computing center. Active use is made of the major accelerators at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Columbia, MO, research reactor.
Graduate instruction includes courses in radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, cosmochemistry, and nuclear seminar. A full range of courses in other areas of chemistry as well as in related areas such as nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, geochemistry, and bionucleonics, is available. Joint programs in nuclear-physical chemistry and in chemical physics are available.
The Department offers teaching and research assistantships, instructorships, and fellowships to graduate students.
Applications for admission may be obtained from:
Dr. R. A. Walton, Head
Department of Chemistry
W. Lafayette, IN 47907
Further information about the nuclear and radiochemistry program may be obtained from:
Dr. N. T. Porile or other participating faculty at the above address. Phone numbers (which can be called collect) are:
(317) 494-5328 (Prof. Daly), -5326 (Prof. Lipschutz)
and -5329 (Prof. Porile).