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Sue Clark

Sue Clark

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 372-6180

Biography

Sue B. Clark is the Chief Science and Technology Officer and a Battelle Fellow in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is jointly appointed at PNNL and at Washington State University, where she is a Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. In this joint appointment, she leads a research effort focused on the chemistry and chemical engineering of processing nuclear materials.

Dr. Clark is an internationally renowned environmental radiochemist who has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers focused on actinides in the environment, chemistry of high-level radioactive waste systems, and radioanalytical chemistry. At WSU, she developed the radiochemistry program in the Chemistry Department. She joined PNNL in January 2015 to lead multiple nuclear science initiatives. Since becoming CSTO in September 2017, she also is responsible for stewarding institutional investments in energy and environment research and development.

Her current research areas include chemistry of radioactive waste systems, environmental chemistry, actinide separations, and radioanalytical chemistry. Her research support includes grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration.

She joined PNNL as a joint appointee in January 2015. She began her academic career at WSU in the Chemistry Department in 1996 as an Assistant Professor, and served as Department Chair (Aug. 2005 - Dec. 2007). She also served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the WSU Tri-Cities campus from Jan. 2008 - Aug. 2008, and Interim Dean of the College of Sciences (WSU system-wide) from July - Dec. 2010. Previously, she held an appointment to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, appointed by President Barack Obama (2011-2014).

Professor Clark is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and is the 2012 recipient of the ACS's Olin-Garvan Medal. She is also an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and serves on its board of directors. She served as an elected member of the Governing Board for the U.S. Council for Chemical Research from 2009 to 2011. She also served on the National Academy's Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board from 2004 to 2009, and was a member of many of the study committees established by the Board. She served on the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for the U.S. DOE (2003 - 2011), and has served as a consultant to Battelle Memorial Institute and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.

She holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Lander College (Greenwood, SC) and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL). Prior to joining Washington State University, she was an Assistant Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (1992-1996), and Senior Scientist at Westinghouse Savannah River Company's Savannah River Technology Center (1989-1992).

Research Interests

  • Chemical engineering of processing nuclear materials
  • Actinide separations
  • Radioanalytical chemistry

Education and Credentials

  • Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry, Lander College
  • Master's Degree, Inorganic/Radiochemistry, The Florida State University
  • Doctorate, Inorganic/Radiochemistry, The Florida State University.

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, which advises Congress and the DOE Secretary on the technical issues associated with the management of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste and DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (Appointed by President Obama, served 2011-2014)
  • U.S. Council for Chemical Research, board member (2009-2011)
  • National Research Council's Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (2005-2009)
  • National Research Council's Board of Radioactive Waste Management (2004-2005); also served on associated study committees
  • DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (2003-2011)
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society (2010)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Elected member and board member, Washington State Academy of Sciences; chair-elect, Membership Committee

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Chemical Society Garvan-Olin Medal for her research activities and advocacy for advancing women chemists
  • Fink Distinguished Lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology's Department of Chemistry (2008)
  • Westinghouse Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, WSU (2002-2008)

PNNL Publications

2017

  • Morrison SS, CL Beck, JM Bowen, TA Eggemeyer, CC Hines, M Liezers, LA Metz, SM Morley, KR Restis, M Snow, DE Wall, SB Clark, and BN Seiner. 2017. "Determination of tungsten in geochemical reference material basalt Columbia River 2 by radiochemical neutron activation analysis and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry." Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 311(1):749-754.  doi:10.1007/s10967-016-5065-1
  • Snow M, SS Morrison, SB Clark, J Olson, and M Watrous. 2017. "237Np Analytical Method using 239Np Tracers and Application to a Contaminated Nuclear Disposal Facility." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 172:89-95.  doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2017.02.018

2016

  • Clark SB, MV Buchanan, and B Wilmarth. 2016. Basic Research Needs for Environmental ManagementPNNL-25166, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Lines AM, Z Wang, SB Clark, and SA Bryan. 2016. "Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry of Luminescent Europium complexes." Electroanalysis 28(9):2109-2117.  doi:10.1002/elan.201600034
  • McDonald LW, JA Campbell, T Vercouter, and SB Clark. 2016. "Characterization of Actinides Complexed to Nuclear Fuel Constituents using ESI-MS." Analytical Chemistry 88:2614-2621.  doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03352

2014

  • McDonald LW, IV, JA Campbell, and SB Clark. 2014. "Failure of ESI Spectra to Represent Metal-Complex Solution Composition: A Study of Lanthanide-Carboxylate Complexes." Analytical Chemistry 86(2):1023-1029.  doi:10.1021/ac401751r
  • Samuels AC, CA Boele, KT Bennett, SB Clark, N Wall, and AE Clark. 2014. "Integrated Computational and Experimental Protocol for Understanding Rh(III) Speciation in Hydrochloric and Nitric Acid Solutions." Inorganic Chemistry 53(23):12315-12322.  doi:10.1021/ic501408r

2005

  • Douglas M, SB Clark, JI Friese, BW Arey, EC Buck, and BD Hanson. 2005. "Neptunium(V) Partitioning to Uranium(VI) Oxide and Peroxide Solids." Environmental Science and Technology 39(11):4117-4124. 

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