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Daniel Thomas Olive

Daniel Olive

Phone (505) 695-6634


  • Chemical Science
  • Radiochemistry
  • Actinide chemistry
  • Transuranics
  • Plutonium
  • Plutonium chemistry
  • Materials
  • Plutonium chemistry
  • Radiation detectors
  • X-ray spectroscopy and imaging
  • Condensed matter
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Nuclear waste disposition
  • Plutonium chemistry
  • Actinides
  • Transuranics
  • Actinide characterization
  • Waste Isolation Project Plant (WIPP)
  • Materials
  • Local structure-Pair Distribution Function


Radiation damage studies of materials.

Synchrotron characterization using EXAFS, XANES, XPS, and XRD.

Lab-based surface characterization techniques including optical profilometry, reflectometry, and XPS.


Ph.D., Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2012

B.S., Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2006



C. H. Booth and D. T. Olive, "Effect of temperature and radiation damage on the local atomic structure of metallic plutonium and related compounds" Advances in Physics: X Volume: 2, pp. 1–21. Taylor & Francis, 2017

D. T. Olive, D. L. Wang, C. H. Booth, E. D. Bauer, A. L. Pugmire, F. J. Freibert, S. K. McCall, M. A. Wall, and P. G. Allen, "Isochronal annealing effects on local structure, crystalline fraction, and undamaged region size of radiation damage in Ga-stabilized delta-Pu" Journal of Applied Physics Volume: 120, p. 035103. 2016

​Daniel T. Olive, Hasitha Ganegoda, Todd Allen, Yong Yang, Clayton Dickerson, and Jeff Terry, "Using a spherical crystallite model with vacancies to relate local atomic structure to irradiation defects in ZrC and ZrN" Journal of Nuclear Materials Volume: 475, p. 123. 2016

Tiffany A. Pham, Alison B. Altman, S. Chantal E. Stieber, Corwin H. Booth, Stosh A. Kozimor, Wayne W. Lukens, Daniel T. Olive, Tolek Tyliszczak, Jian. Wang, Stefan G. Minasian, and Kenneth N. Raymond, "A Macrocyclic Chelator That Selectively Binds Ln4+ over Ln3+ by a Factor of 1029" Inorganic Chemistry Volume: 55, pp. 9989–10002. 2016

​Daniel Velázquez, Rachel Seibert, Hasitha Ganegoda, Daniel Olive, Amy Rice, Kevin Logan, Zikri Yusof, Linda Spentzouris, and Jeff Terry, "Tailoring the emissive properties of photocathodes through materials engineering: Ultra-thin multilayers" Applied Surface Science Volume: 360 B, pp. 762–766. 2016

​E. Miller Wylie, Daniel T. Olive, and Brian A. Powell, "Effects of Titanium Doping in Titanomagnetite on Neptunium Sorption and Speciation" Environmental science & technology Volume: 50, pp. 1853–1858. 2016

J. M. Gates, K. E. Gregorich, O. R. Gothe, E. C. Uribe, G. K. Pang, D. L. Bleuel, M. Block, R. M. Clark, C. M. Campbell, H. L. Crawford, M. Cromaz, A. Di Nitto, Ch E. Düllmann̈ , N. E. Esker, C. Fahlander, P. Fallon, R. M. Farjadi, U. Forsberg, J. Khuyagbaatar, W. Loveland, A. O. Macchiavelli, E. M. May, P. R. Mudder, D. T. Olive, A. C. Rice, J. Rissanen, D. Rudolph, L. G. Sarmiento, J. A. Shusterman, M. A. Stoyer, A. Wiens, A Yakushev, and H. Nitsche, "Decay spectroscopy of element 115 daughters: 280Rg 276Mt and 276Mt 272Bh" Physical Review C Volume: 92, p. 021301., 2015

Young-Jin Kim, Timothy Jurewicz, Aylin Kucuk, Erik Mader, Bo Cheng, John Katsoudas, Daniel Olive, and Jeff Terry, "Electrochemical corrosion of zircaloys under irradiation and different water chemistry conditions" Proceedings of 2014 Water Reactor Fuel Performance Meeting 2014, Sendai, Japan, p. 100030. 2014

​Tashi Parsons-Moss, Harun Tüysüz, Deborah Wang, Stephen Jones, Daniel Olive, and Heino Nitsche, "Plutonium sorption to nanocast mesoporous carbon" Radiochimica Acta Volume: 102, pp. 489–504. 2014

​Tashi Parsons-Moss, Jinxiu Wang, Stephen Jones, Erin May, Daniel Olive, Zurong Dai, Mavrik Zavarin, Annie B Kersting, Dongyuan Zhao, and Heino Nitsche, "Sorption interactions of plutonium and europium with ordered mesoporous carbon" Journal of Materials Chemistry A Volume: 2, pp. 11209–11221. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014

​Meimei Li, Dan Olive, Yulia Trenikhina, Hasitha Ganegoda, Jeff Terry, and Stuart A. Maloy, "Study of irradiated mod. 9Cr–1Mo steel by synchrotron extended X-ray absorption fine structure" Journal of Nuclear Materials Volume: 441, pp. 674–680. Elsevier, 2013

​Hasitha Ganegoda, David S. Jensen, Daniel Olive, Lidens Cheng, Carlo U. Segre, Matthew R. Linford, and Jeff Terry, "Photoemission studies of fluorine functionalized porous graphitic carbon" Journal of Applied Physics Volume: 111, p. 053705. AIP Publishing, 2012

Shanshan Liu, Daniel Olive, Jeff Terry, and C. U. Segre, "In-situ Spectroscopic Studies of Pb Corrosion on Reactor Material" Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Volume: 98, p. 1073. AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY, 2008

Shanshan Liu, Daniel Olive, Jeff Terry, and Carlo Segre, "Spectroscopic studies of Pb corrosion of reactor materials" Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Volume: 95, p. 951. AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY, 2006