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Jeff C. Bryan
Nuclear & Inorganic Chemistry

Research Interests

Most of my research efforts focus on making nuclear chemistry and physics more accessible to students and the general public. I've recently published the second edition of a textbook through CRC Press, which attempts to do just that. I've also been fortunate to co-author a lab manual with Rutgers emeritus chemistry professor Sidney Katz. Future work includes writing a nuclear chemistry chapter for use in a general chemistry textbook, a book about radiation suitable for general consumption, the development of a 3-D chart of the nuclides for the web, and nuclear podcasts.

I'm also currently working with physics professor Shelly Lesher to analyze environmental samples for radioactive nuclides. Just about everything is radioactive; one of the interesting questions is where it comes from.

Finally I'm also working with chemistry professor Janet Kirsch on the design and synthesis of new inorganic compounds that may also serve as radiopharmaceuticals. Radiopharmaceuticals are compounds labeled with a radioactive element. The radioactivity can be used for diagnostic procedures much like X-rays, or as a therapeutic agent to kill tumor cells. The compound surrounding the radionuclide can be carefully crafted so that it concentrates in specific areas of the body. Current efforts include the design of novel ligands for strontium, yttrium and indium.

For additional information on any of the above, contact me using the your favorite medium listed on my home page.

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