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Rebecca M. Chamberlin

Rebecca Chamberlin

Phone (505) 667-1841


  • Chemical Science
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Radiochemistry
  • Actinide chemistry
  • Plutonium chemistry
  • Separations chemistry
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Nonproliferation
  • Separations chemistry
  • Actinide characterization
  • Weapons Science and Engineering
  • Stockpile stewardship
  • Hydrotesting
  • Material fabrication and characterization
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Nuclear forensics



B.A., Chemistry, Pomona College

Ph.D., Chemistry, Cornell University

Certified Project Management Professional, PMI


LANL Positions

Senior Scientist and Team Leader, Actinide Analytical Chemistry Group, 2013-present

Program Manager, NA-22 Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development, 2008-2015

Deputy Group Leader, Actinide Analytical Chemistry Group, 2009-2013

Group Leader and Deputy Group Leader, Manufacturing Systems and Prototype Fabrication, 2006-09; 2004-06

Program Manager, Weapons Engineering and Manufacturing, 2001-04

Radiochemistry Project Leader, Isotope and Nuclear Chemistry Group, 1998-2001

Technical Staff Member, Isotope and Nuclear Chemistry Group, 1995-2001

Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group, 1993-95


Professional Societies

Fellow, American Chemical Society

  • Executive Committee, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2001-2009); Treasurer (2006-09); Program Chair (2004-05); Program Secretary (2001-03)
  • Executive Committee Member, Separation Science & Technology Subdivision, I&EC Division of the ACS (1999-2007); Secretary (1999-2001)

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science



  • Fellows’ Prize for Outstanding Leadership in Science or Engineering, LANL (2015)
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society (2014)
  • Distinguished Performance Large Team Award (2015, 1998)
  • NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence (2007, 2005, 1999)
  • Best-In-Class Pollution Prevention Award, Integrative Planning and Design, LANL (2015)
  • STAR Award for technical accomplishments and service, Women’s Diversity Working Group (2010)
  • “Women Who Inspire” Award, Women’s History Month, LANL (2014)
  • Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, LANL (1993)
  • Tunis Wentink Prize: Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student, Cornell University (1993)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1988)
  • Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation Fellowship, Cornell University (1988)
  • Stauffer Prize for Academic Merit in the Sciences, Pomona College (1988)
  • Robert A. Rowan III Prize in Chemistry, Pomona College (1988)


  • “Solid-phase extraction microfluidic devices for matrix removal in trace element assay of actinide materials,” Gao, J.; Manard, B. T.; Montoya, D. M.; Castro, A.; Xu, N.; Chamberlin, R. M., Talanta 2017, 167, 8–13.
  • “Dissolution of Uranium Oxides from Simulated Environmental Swipes using Ammonium Bifluoride,” Meyers, L. A.; Yoshida, T. M.; Chamberlin, R. M.; Xu, N. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2016, 310, 817-821.
  • “Sampling and Analysis Information for CIN01 Waste Containers, Los Alamos National Laboratory.” Vigil-Holterman, L. R.; Christensen, D. V.; Chamberlin, R. M. Report LA-UR-15-28468, Oct 2015.
  • “Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterization Results for Debris Recovered from Nitrate Salt Waste Drum S855793,” Martinez, P. T.; Chamberlin, R. M.; et al., Report LA-UR-15-27132, Sept 2015.
  • “Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterization Results for Debris Recovered from Four Nitrate Salt Waste Drums,” Martinez, P. T.; Chamberlin, R. M.; et al., Report LA-UR-15-26850, Sept 2015.
  • “Simulation of Mass Transfer in a Microfluidic Experiment Using the Moving Mesh Method,” Weisbrod, K.; Roberts, R.; Chamberlin, R.; Yarbro, S. Proc. 2014 COMSOL Conf., 2014.
  • “The Autoreduction of Pertechnetate in Aqueous, Alkaline Solutions.” Berning, D. E.; Schroeder, N. C.; Chamberlin, R. M. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem., 2005, 263(3), 613-618.
  • “Radioanalytical Methods in the Discovery and Characterization of Non-Pertechnetate (99Tc) Species in Hanford Tank Wastes.” Chamberlin, R. M.; Ashley, K. R.; Ball, J. R.; Bauer, E.; Bernard, J. G.; Berning, D. E.; Schroeder, N. C.; Sylvester, P. In Radioanalytical Methods in Interdisciplinary Research, C. A. Laue, K. L. Nash, Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 868; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2003; 177-92.
  • “Americium Separations from High-Salt Solutions Using Anion Exchange,” Barr, M. E.; Jarvinen, G. D.; Stark, P.; Chamberlin, R. M.; Bartsch, R. A.; Zhang, Z. -Y.; Zhao, W.  Separation Sci. Technol., 2001, 36, 2609-22.
  • “Catalytic Reduction of Pertechnetate (99TcO4-) in Simulated Alkaline Nuclear Wastes,” Bernard, J. G.; Bauer, E.; Richards, M. P.; Arterburn, J. B.; Chamberlin, R. M. Radiochim. Acta, 2001, 89, 59-61.
  • “Palladium Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation in Aqueous Alkaline Medium,” Arterburn, J. B.; Pannala, M.; Gonzalez, A. M.; Chamberlin, R. M. Tetrahedron Letters, 2000, 41(41), 7847-49.
  • “Surface Effects on Metal Ion Transport Across Porous Alumina Membranes.  II. Trivalent Cations Am, Tb, Eu, and Fe,” Bluhm, E. A.; Schroeder, N. C.; Bauer, E.; Fife, J. N.; Chamberlin, R. M.; Abney, K. D.; Young, J. S.; Jarvinen, G. D.  Langmuir, 2000, 16, 7056-60.
  • “Design and Use of Redox-Recyclable Organometallic Extractants for the Cationic Radionuclides 137Cs+ and 90Sr2+,” Clark, J. F.; Chamberlin, R. M.; Abney, K. D.; Strauss, S. H. Environ. Sci. Technol. 1999, 33, 2489-91.
  • “Surface Effects on Cation Transport Across Porous Alumina Membranes,” Bluhm, E. A.; Bauer, E.; Chamberlin, R. M.; Abney, K. D.; Young, J. S.; Jarvinen, G. D. Langmuir, 1999, 15, 8668-72.
  • “Strontium and Cesium Extraction into Hydrocarbons Using Alkyl Cobalt Dicarbollide and Polyethylene Glycols,” Chamberlin, R. M.; Abney, K. D. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem., 1999, 240(2), 547-53.
  • “Condensation Polymerization of Cobalt Dicarbollide Dicarboxylic Acid,” Fino, S. A., Benwitz, K. A., Sullivan, K. M., LaMar, D. L., Stroup, K. M., Giles, S. M., Balaich, G. J., Chamberlin, R. M.; Abney, K. D. Inorg. Chem., 1997, 36, 4604-06.
  • “Synthesis of [Li(THF)4]2[Th(C2B9H11)2X2] (X = Cl, Br, I), the First Dicarbollide Complexes of Thorium,” Rabinovich, D.; Chamberlin, R. M.; Scott, B. L.;  Nielsen, J. B.; Abney, K. D. Inorg. Chem., 1997, 36, 4216-17.
  • “Butyllithium Deprotonation versus Alkali Metal Reduction of Cobalt Dicarbollide: A New Route to C-Substituted Derivatives,” Chamberlin, R. M; Scott, B. D.; Melo, M. M.; Abney, K. D. Inorg. Chem., 1997, 36, 809-17.
  • “New Dicarbollide Complexes of Uranium,” Rabinovich, D.; Haswell, C. M.; Scott, B. L.; Miller, R. L.; Nielsen, J. B.; Abney, K. D. Inorg. Chem., 1996, 35, 1425-26.
  • “Ditungsten Siloxide Hydrides, [(silox)2WHn]2 (n = 1, 2; silox = tBuSiO), and Related Complexes,”  Miller, R. L; Lawler, K. A.; Bennett, J. L.; Wolczanski, P. T.  Inorg. Chem., 1996, 35, 3242-53.
  • “Documentation of the Chemical Separation Steps of Molybdenum-99 from Uranium Dioxide using the Cintichem Process,” Attrep, M.., Jr.; Miller, R.L.; Quintana, L.R. Report LA-UR-95-2845, August 1995.
  • “Extraction of Cesium and Strontium into Hydrocarbon Solvents using Tetra-C-Alkyl Cobalt Dicarbollide,” Miller, R. L.; Pinkerton, A. B.; Hurlburt, P. K.; Abney, K. D.  Solvent Extr. Ion Exch., 1995, 13, 813-27.
  • “New Synthetic Routes to B-Halogenated Derivatives of Cobalt Dicarbollide,” Hurlburt, P. K.; Miller, R. L.; Abney, K. D.; Foreman, T.; Butcher, R. M.; Kinkead, S. A.  Inorg. Chem., 1995, 34, 5215-5219.
  • “Carbide Formation via Carbon Monoxide Dissociation Across a W≡W Bond,” Miller, R. L.; Wolczanski, P. T.; Rheingold, A. L.; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1993, 115, 10422-3.
  • “Synthesis, Carbonylations and Dihydrogen Exchange Studies of Monomeric and Dimeric Silox (tBuSiO-) Hydrides of Tantalum:  Structure of [(silox)2TaH2]2,” Miller, R. L.; Toreki, R.; LaPointe, R. E.; Wolczanski, P. T.; Van Duyne, G. D.; Roe, D. C.; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1993, 115, 5570-88.
  • List of additional publications available upon request with documented need-to-know.