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Amanda Johnsen

Assistant Research Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Radiation Science & Engineering Center
  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

101 Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Building

amj15@psu.edu

814-865-6351

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Education

  • BS, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Ph D, Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Amanda Melia Johnsen and Kenan Unlu, 2017, "Neutron Activation Analysis Capabilities and Applications at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center at Penn State", Forensic Chemistry
  • Yi Shi, Amanda Melia Johnsen and Anthony Di Pasqua, 2017, "Holmium for Use in Cancer Therapy", Comments on Inorganic Chemistry, 37, (6), pp. 281-300
  • Amanda M Johnsen, Brenden J. Heidrich, Chad B. Durrant, Andrew J. Bascom and Kenan Unlu, 2015, "Reactor Production of 64Cu and 67Cu Using Enriched Zinc Target Material", Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
  • Amanda Melia Johnsen, C Z Soderquist, B K McNamara and D R Fisher, 2013, "A Non-Aqueous Reduction Process for Purifying 153Gd Produced in Natural Europium Targets", Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 82, pp. 158-165
  • C Z Soderquist, Amanda Melia Johnsen, B K McNamara, B D Hanson, J W Chenault, K J Carson and S M Peper, 2011, "Dissolution of Irradiated Commercial UO2 Fuels in Ammonium Carbonate and Hydrogen Peroxide", Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, pp. 1813-1818
  • S A Bryan, T G Levitskaia, Amanda Melia Johnsen, C R Orton and J M Peterson, 2011, "Spectroscopic Monitoring of Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Streams: An Evaluation of Spent Fuel Solutions via Raman, Visible, and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy", Radiochimica Acta, 99, pp. 563-571
  • Robert Eichler, N V Aksenov, Y V Albin, A V Belozerov, G A Bozhikov, V I Chepigin, S N Dmitriev, R Dressler, H W Gaggeler, V A Gorshkov, R A Henderson, Amanda Melia Johnsen, J M Kenneally, V Y Lebedev, O N Malyshev, K J Moody, Y T Oganessian, Y T Petrushkin, D Piguet, A G Popeko, P Rasmussen, A Serov, D A Shaughnessy, S V Shishkin, A V Shutov, M A Stoyer, N J Stoyer, A I Svirikhin, E E Tereshatov, G K Vostokin, M Wegrzecki, P A Wilk, D Wittwer and A V Yeremin, 2010, "Indication for a Volatile Element 114", Radiochimica Acta, 98, pp. 133-139

Conference Proceedings

  • Amanda Melia Johnsen and Kenan Unlu, 2013, "Curriculum Development for the Chemistry of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle at the Pennsylvania State University", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
  • S A Bryan, T G Levitskaia, A M Lines, J M Billing, A J Casella, Amanda Melia Johnsen, J M Peterson and E M Thomas, 2009, "On-line Monitoring for Control and Safeguarding of Radiochemical Streams at Spent Fuel Reprocessing Plants", Proceedings of the 2nd Japan-IAEA Workshop on Advanced Safeguards Technology for the Future Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki, Japan, November 10–13, 2009.
  • S A Bryan, T G Levitskaia, A J Casella, Amanda Melia Johnsen and J M Peterson, 2009, "On-Line Moni- toring for Control and Safeguarding of Radiochemical Streams at Spent Fuel Reprocessing Plant", Proceedings of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management: 50th Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, July 12–16, 2009.

Technical Reports

  • B D Hanson, C Z Soderquist, A J Casella, A M Casella and Amanda Melia Johnsen, 2012, "Analysis of High-Burnup and MOx Fuel for Inclusion in International Spent Fuel Databases"

Other

  • Amanda Melia Johnsen and Kenan Unlu, 2013, "Radiochemistry Education and Research Programs at the Pennsylvania State University", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
  • Amanda Melia Johnsen, C B Durrant, Brenden Heidrich and Kenan Unlu, 2012, "Reactor Based Production and Purification of 64Cu and 67Cu", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
  • Amanda Melia Johnsen, 2012, "Advances in Industrial Isotope Production at the Ra- diation Science and Engineering Center at Penn State University", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
  • Amanda Melia Johnsen, S A Bryan, T G Levitskaia, C Z Soderquist and J M Peterson, 2009, "On-line Process Monitoring of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Solutions", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society

Research Projects

  • March 2018 - March 2021, "Detection and Characterization of Short-Lived Fission Fragments for Post-Detonation Analysis with Continuous and Monoenergetic Fast-Neutron Beams," (Sponsor: Defense Threat Reduction Agency).
  • April 2017 - June 2018, "Removing Radium from Hydrofracturing Fluids with Tailored Clays," (Sponsor: PSIEE: Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment).
  • June 2018 - December 2018, "Exobiology - Irradiation of samples for grant "Exploring destruction of biomolecules in Martian rocks and regolith by Cosmic Rays," (Sponsor: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center).
  • December 2017 - May 2018, "Cosmochemistry," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • September 2015 - December 2017, "Spent Fuel Measurements Using Advanced Spectrophotometric Methods," (Sponsor: Los Alamos National Laboratory).
  • September 2015 - December 2017, "Evaluation and testing of Los Alamos X-Ray Spectrometer," (Sponsor: Los Alamos National Laboratory).

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Performance Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, July 2011
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2001
  • Graduate Opportunities Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, American Nuclear Society, 2003
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, American Nuclear Society, 2004
  • Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2004
  • Roy Oxford Award, MIT Nuclear Engineering Department, 2000

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Coordinator, Coordinated NucE450 NAA Laboratory Session, April 2017 - April 2017
  • Committee Work, Member, College of Engineering, Hiring Committee for the Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion, September 2017 - March 2018
  • Committee Work, Member, University Isotopes Committee, September 2016 - August 2019
  • Coordinator, NAA Laboratory Session, NucE 450, March 2014 - March 2014
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, April 2013 - April 2013
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Other, Instructor, Panel Moderator, Session Judge, December 2013 - April 2014
  • Coordinator, NAA Laboratory Session, NucE 450, March 2015

Service to External Organizations:

  • Other, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, February 2014
 


 

About

The Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC) was established to manage Penn State's comprehensive nuclear research facilities, including the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, Gamma Irradiation Facility, Radioactive sources and Radiation measurement resources. The RSEC provides safe nuclear analytical and testing facilities in support of the research and education activities of faculty, staff, and students at Penn State.

Radiation Science & Engineering Center

101 Breazeale Nuclear Reactor

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-6351