LUTHER W MCDONALD, IV portrait
  • Associate Professor, Civil And Environmental Engin
  • Assistant Professor, Civil And Environmental Engin
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Publications

  • Nizinski C.A., Hanson A.B., Fullmer B.C., Mecham N.J., Tasdizen T. & McDonald L.W. (2020). Effects of process history on the surface morphology of uranium ore concentrates extracted from ore. Minerals Engineering. Vol. 156. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Ly C., Vachet C., Schwerdt I., Abbott E., Brenkmann A., McDonald L.W. & Tasdizen T. (2020). Determining uranium ore concentrates and their calcination products via image classification of multiple magnifications. Journal of Nuclear Materials. Vol. 533. Published, 05/01/2020.
  • Hanson A., Lee R., Vachet C., Schwerdt I., Tasdizen T. & McDonald L. (2019). Quantifying impurity effects on the surface morphology of α-U3O8. Analytical Chemistry. Vol. 91, 10081-10087. Published, 08/06/2019.
  • Olsen, Ian Schwerdt, Alex Jolley, Nick Halverson, Bryony Richards & Luther McDonald IV (2019). A response surface model of morphological changes in UO₂ and U₃O₈ following high temperature aging. Radiochimica Acta. Vol. 107, 449-458. Published, 06/26/2019.
  • Ly C., Olsen A., Schwerdt I., Porter R., Sentz K., McDonald L. & Tasdizen T. (2019). A new approach for quantifying morphological features of U 3 O 8 for nuclear forensics using a deep learning model. Journal of Nuclear Materials. Vol. 517, 128-137. Published, 04/15/2019.
  • Schwerdt, Casey Hawkins, Bryan Taylor, Alexandria Brenkmann, Sean Martinson & Luther McDonald IV (2019). Uranium oxide synthetic pathway discernment through thermal decomposition and morphological analysis. Radiochimica Acta. Vol. 107, 193-205. Published, 03/26/2019.
  • Heffernan S., Ly N., Mower B., Vachet C., Schwerdt I., Tasdizen T. & McDonald L. (2019). Identifying surface morphological characteristics to differentiate between mixtures of U3O8 synthesized from ammonium diuranate and uranyl peroxide. Radiochimica Acta. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Abbott E., Brenkmann A., Galbraith C., Ong J., Schwerdt I., Albrecht B., Tasdizen T. & McDonald L. (2019). Dependence of UO 2 surface morphology on processing history within a single synthetic route. Radiochimica Acta. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Liu, Luther W McDonald IV, Xuming Wang & Jan D Miller (2018). Bastnaesite Flotation Chemistry Issues Associated with Alkyl Phosphate Collectors. Minerals Engineering. Vol. 127, 286-295. Published, 10/01/2018.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
  • Adam Olsen, Ian Schwerdt, Bryony Richards & Luther McDonald IV (2018). Quantification of high temperature oxidation of U3O8 and UO2. Journal of Nuclear Materials. Vol. 508, 574-582. Published, 09/01/2018.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
  • Schwerdt I., Brenkmann A., Martinson S., Albrecht B., Heffernan S., Klosterman M., Kirkham T., Tasdizen T. & McDonald IV L. (2018). Nuclear proliferomics: A new field of study to identify signatures of nuclear materials as demonstrated on alpha-UO3. Talanta. Vol. 186, 433-444. Published, 08/15/2018.
  • Schwerdt I., Olsen A., Lusk R., Heffernan S., Klosterman M., Collins B., Martinson S., Kirkham T. & McDonald L. (2018). Nuclear forensics investigation of morphological signatures in the thermal decomposition of uranyl peroxide. Talanta. Vol. 176, 284-292. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Levinthal, J. B. Richards-McClung, M. Snow, M. Watrous, L. McDonald, 2017, Correlating NORM with the mineralogical composition of shale at the microstructural and bulk scale, Applied Geochemistry, 76:210-217, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.11.004. Published, 07/2017.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
  • Olsen A., Richards B., Schwerdt I., Heffernan S., Lusk R., Smith B., Jurrus E., Ruggiero C. & McDonald L. (2017). Quantifying Morphological Features of α-U3O8 with Image Analysis for Nuclear Forensics. Analytical Chemistry. Vol. 89, 3177-3183. Published, 03/07/2017.
  • McDonald L.W., Campbell J.A., Vercouter T. & Clark S.B. (2016). Characterization of Actinides Complexed to Nuclear Fuel Constituents Using ESI-MS. Analytical Chemistry. Vol. 88, 2614-2621. Published, 03/01/2016.
  • McDonald IV, Luther W., James A. Campbell, and Sue B. Clark. "Failure of ESI Spectra to Represent Metal-Complex Solution Composition: A Study of Lanthanide–Carboxylate Complexes." Analytical chemistry 86, no. 2 (2014): 1023-1029. Published, 01/14/2014.
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ac401751r
  • L. McDonald, S. Goheen, P. Donald, J. Campbell, “Identification and Quantitation of Various Inositols and O-Methylinositols Present in Plant Roots using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry,” Nematropica, 2012. Published, 06/01/2012.
  • S. P. Garland, S. C. Goheen, P. Donald, L. McDonald, J. A. Campbell, “Application of Derivatization Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry for the Identification and Quantitation of Pinitol in Plant Roots,” Analytical Letters, 2009. Published, 06/01/2009.

Research Keywords

  • Radiochemistry
  • Nuclear Forensics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry

Presentations

  • Quantifying Particle Morphology to Process History for Nuclear Forensics," . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/14/2020.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, and C. Nizinski "Geographical Signatures of Uranium Oxides," Texas A&M University (2020). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/05/2020.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, and C. Nizinski "Morphological and Stable Isotope Signatures of Uranium Oxides," Nuclear Forensics Workshop at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2020). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/22/2020.
  • L. McDonald, G. Sjoden "Processing Signatures of Uranium Oxides” Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/10/2020.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, C. Nizinski, and S. Heffernan "Quantifying Morphological Features of Uranium Oxides for Nuclear Forensics” University of Alaska-Fairbanks (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/06/2019.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, C. Nizinski, and S. Heffernan "Quantifying Morphological Features of Uranium Oxides for Nuclear Forensics” Materials Research Society Fall Meeting (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/05/2019.
  • L.W. McDonald IV, “Investigation of Morphological Characteristics of U-Materials,” Joint DTRA/CWMD Nuclear Program Technical Review (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/12/2019.
  • L.W. McDonald IV, “Identification of Morphological and Oxygen Isotopic Signatures in Uranium Oxides,” Joint DTRA/CWMD Nuclear Program Technical Review (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/10/2019.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, C. Nizinski, and S. Heffernan "Processing History and Geographical Origin Signatures of U-Oxides," Pennsylvania State University (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/05/2019.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, C. Nizinski, and S. Heffernan "Processing History and Geographical Origin Signatures of U-Oxides," University of Missouri (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/05/2019.
  • L. McDonald, E. Abbott, A. Hanson, M. Klosterman, C. Nizinski, and S. Heffernan “Processing History and Geographical Origin Signatures of U-Oxides,” Pennsylvania State University (2019). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/12/2019.
  • L. McDonald, M. Klosterman. “Processing History and Geographical Origin Signatures of U-Oxides from SEM, P-XRD, and 18O/16O Ratios” Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/13/2018.
  • L. McDonald, M. Klosterman, E. Abbott, A. Hanson “Investigation of Morphological and Oxygen Isotope Signatures for Nuclear Forensics” Defense Threat Reduction Agency (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/14/2018.
  • L. McDonald, I. Schwerdt, A. Olsen, E. Abbott, A. Hanson “Investigation of Morphological and Oxygen Isotope Signatures for Nuclear Forensics” 2nd Annual Interagency Technical Nuclear Forensics Technical Review, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/02/2018.
  • L. McDonald, S. Heffernan, M. Klosterman, I. Schwerdt, A. Olsen “Quantifying Morphological and Oxygen Isotopic Signatures of UO2 based on Production History” Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Nuclear Materials Science, Processing and Signature Discover Workshop (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/03/2018.
  • L. McDonald, S. Heffernan, M. Klosterman, I. Schwerdt, A. Olsen “Quantifying Oxygen Isotopic Signatures and Uranium Oxide Morphology for Process History Signatures” Colorado School of Mines (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/08/2018.
  • L. McDonald, S. Heffernan, M. Klosterman, I. Schwerdt, A. Olsen “Quantifying Oxygen Isotopic Signatures of UO2 based on Production History” Los Alamos National Laboratory, Center for Nonlinear Studies (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/20/2018.
  • L. McDonald, S. Heffernan, M. Klosterman, I. Schwerdt, A. Olsen “Quantifying Oxygen Isotopic Signatures of UO2 based on Production History” Georgia Institute of Technology (2018). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/08/2018.
  • L. McDonald, M. Klosterman, E. Abbott “Investigation of Morphological and Oxygen Isotope Signatures for Nuclear Forensics” Defense Threat Reduction Agency (2017). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/14/2017.
  • L. McDonald, I. Schwerdt, A. Olsen “Investigation of Morphological and Oxygen Isotope Signatures for Nuclear Forensics” 1st Annual Interagency Technical Nuclear Forensics Technical Review, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2017). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/26/2017.
  • L. McDonald “Non-Traditional Signatures in Nuclear Forensics” University of Notre Dame (2017). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/08/2017.
  • L. McDonald “Interfacial Complexes in Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing” Pittsburg Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (2015). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/16/2015.
  • L. McDonald “Improving Radiochemical Separations for Nuclear Forensics” Alamos National Laboratory (2014). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/04/2014.
  • L. McDonald “Interfacial Complexes in Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing” PITTCON (2015). Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 11/14/2014.

Research Groups

  • Trenton Kirkham, Undergraduate Student. 01/09/2017 - 05/31/2018.
  • Joseph Santora, Undergraduate Student. Chemical Engineering. 01/06/2014 - 05/16/2014. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Joseph has been awarded multiple SULI internship at Idaho National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • France
    Advanced Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing.
  • Russian Federation
    Mayak environmental remediation.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • NUCLEAR IMAGE PROCESSING. PI: MCDONALD IV,LUTHER W. AIR FORCE TECHNICAL APPLICATIO, 07/01/2019 - 01/30/2020. Total project budget to date: $49,999.00
  • ANALYSIS NUCLEAR FORENSIC DATA. PI: TASDIZEN,TOLGA. Co-PI(s): MCDONALD IV,LUTHER W. US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECU, 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2019. Total project budget to date: $235,379.00
  • OXYGEN SIGNATURES. PI: MCDONALD IV,LUTHER W. DOD DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION A, 08/01/2016 - 07/31/2019. Total project budget to date: $1,061,338.00
  • NUCLEAR FORENSICS. PI: MCDONALD IV,LUTHER W. US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECU, 09/01/2015 - 08/31/2019. Total project budget to date: $707,575.00