Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research Program receives four major grants

Dr. Kavallieratos along with NRC Nuclear Fellow, and first Radiochemistry Ph.D. track student (and past FIU-REU participant) Ingrid Lehman-Andino (left), and NRC Nuclear Scholar Cynthia Cortes (right).

This last month has been very exciting. It has been a breakthrough year for FIU’s growing Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research Program. The program received four major awards led by the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and in collaboration with the Applied Research Center.

Dr. Konstantinos Kavallieratos leads a multidisciplinary team and won an award for $297,000 phase-1, 1-year renewable contract from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The research focuses upon advanced Cesium and Actinide separations from High-Level radioactive Waste.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) provided two additional awards. One award funds the growth of FIU’s Nuclear Research Fellowships Program from 4 to 6 graduate/Ph.D. students per year and supports the growth of FIU’s new radiochemistry Ph.D. track. Funding is for $283,000 and it is also led by Dr. Kavallieratos. A Faculty Development grant was also awarded by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for $450,000. It is led by Dr. David Chatfield and will fund the hiring of a new faculty member in the radiochemistry area.

The Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy selected FIU for direct fellowship and scholarship awards to FIU graduate and undergraduate students who will do nuclear research. This award has a ceiling of support up to $3 million dollars for the next 5 years. FIU students will need to write proposals and compete for these scholarships and fellowships against 25 designated nuclear universities.

The new $1.03M in funding is in addition to $600,000 in additional NRC grants already at FIU.

FIU’s Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research Program is developing additional 11-14 major nuclear R&D proposals this year. We are also growing the new Radiochemistry Ph.D. track and developing a proposal to launch a BS in Physics with a Specialty in Health Physics at FIU.