Profile for Jeff Bryan

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Specialty area(s)

Nuclear and Inorganic Chemistry

Brief biography

Jeff C. Bryan was born in Minnesota and raised in California, and believes that his odd childhood mixture of Jell-O™ salad and reticence in a free and open society have caused his various personality quirks. He earned an A.B. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. In chemistry from the University of Washington. He then spent a year of postdoctoral work with Warren Roper at Auckland University.
He spent five years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, initiating a modestly successful research program synthesizing new compounds of technetium. He then spent eight years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working on the development of a process to separate Cs-137 from defense wastes.
He joined the chemistry faculty of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse in 2002, where, despite his best efforts, he has been promoted to full professor. He currently teaches nuclear and general chemistry courses. His scholarship focuses on making nuclear science more accessible to students with limited science and math backgrounds. As part of this effort, he authored a textbook titled "Introduction to Nuclear Science," and coauthored a lab manual titled "Experiments in Nuclear Science." He also helped write "30-Second Chemistry," and is currently working on a new book tentatively titled "Radiation is Scary."

Current courses at UWL

CHM 103 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
CHM 461 Nuclear Chemistry Lecture and Lab

FYS 100 Science in Fiction


University of Washington, Seattle – Ph.D., 1988
University of California, Berkeley – A.B., 1982

Teaching history

CHM 103 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
CHM 104 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab
CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHM 461 Nuclear Chemistry Lecture and Lab
PHY 376 Introduction to Nuclear Science
PHY 386 Radiation Physics



Jeff Bryan, Chemistry & Biochemistry, presented "Radiation: Myths and Misconceptions" at a meeting of the Western Carolinas local section of the American Chemical Society on Sept. 23 online. The talk explored common radiation myths held by the general public as well as more technical misconceptions held by professionals that work with ionizing radiation.

Submitted on: Sept. 24



Jeff Bryan, Chemistry & Biochemistry, served as co-instructor for the Nuclear Chemistry Summer School (NCSS) from June 15 through July 24. Bryan was part of a team of nuclear chemistry instructors selected to teach 24 students. The instructors and students are selected from across the U.S. The NCSS provides exceptional undergraduates with an opportunity to learn about nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry. It began in 1984 and is funded by the Department of Energy.

Submitted on: July 30, 2020