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Suzanne Bart

Suzanne Bart

Considering the challenges that come with an increasing worldwide energy demand, a heightened awareness to climate changes, and the need for carbon-neutral fuel sources, research in actinide sciences is timely and crucial. Both fundamental and applied questions remain, including understanding bonding motifs with organic ligands, the generation of new fuels, recycling and environmental remediation of nuclear wastes and polluted sites, and the synthesis of new materials for chemical transformations and catalysis. Accordingly, research in the field of actinide chemistry has the potential not only for significant scientific but social and economic impacts. Over the last nine years, my research program has focused on making strides towards these challenges by focusing on understanding the fundamental chemistry of depleted uranium, and more recently, thorium and the transuranic elements. Our overall goal is to raise the understanding of the chemistry of uranium and it's neighbors with respect to organometallic, multi-electron processes, and bonding to be equal to that of its transition metal counterparts.

9 years) and is a weak alpha emitter. More recently, we have partnered with Prof. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt (Florida State University) to bring our knowledge in manipulation of redox properties to additional members of the actinide series. All studies are performed in an inert atmosphere glovebox, which protects workers from exposure hazards, and all workers wear standard personal protective equipment at all times. For the life of our research program, our studies have focused on developing the chemistry of uranium for chemical transformations and organometallic chemistry. In order to maintain and expand our current knowledge of the chemistry of the actinide elements, it is imperative that the next generation of scientists is trained in how to manipulate, characterize, and apply these elements to tackle some of these important hurdles.


  • B.S., University of Delaware, 2001
  • M.S., Cornell University, 2003
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2008


  • F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2024
  • Rising Star Award, Women Chemists Committee, American Chemical Society, 2015
  • Organometallics Young Investigator Fellow, American Chemical Society, 2014
  • Engagement Award, College of Science, Purdue University, 2013
  • Outstanding Contributions to Teaching By An Assistant Professor, College of Science, Purdue University, 2013
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2012
  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, 2006
  • Chemistry and Biology Interface Training Grant, National Institutes of Health, 2003


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