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Kathryn Gallagher McIntosh

Kate McIntosh

Phone (505) 665-6807


  • Chemical Science
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Materials
  • X-ray spectroscopy and imaging
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Actinide characterization


X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Elemental Imaging

Atomic Spectroscopy

Trace Element Analysis

Instrument and Method Development


Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, State University of New York at Albany, 2012

B.S., Chemistry, William Smith College, 2007



LANL Positions

Scientist, 2015 -

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012 - 2015



McIntosh, KG; Guimaraes, D; Cusack, MJ; Vershinin, A; Chen, ZW; Parsons, PJ. Evaluation of portable XRF instrumentation for assessing potential environmental exposure to toxic elements (2016). International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry 96 (1): 15-37.

Menzel, M; Scharf, O; Nowak, S; Radtke, M; Reinholz, U; Hischenhuber, P; Buzanich, G; Meyer, A; Lopez, V; McIntosh, K; Streli, C; Havrilla, GJ; Fittschen, UAE (2015). Shading in TXRF: calculations and experimental validation using a X-ray color camera. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 30 (10): 2184-2193.

McIntosh, KG; Reilly, SD; Havrilla, GJ (2015). Determination of plutonium in spent nuclear fuel using high resolution X-ray. Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 110 (1): 91-95.

McIntosh, KG; Cordes, NL; Patterson, BM; Havrilla, GJ (2015). Laboratory-based characterization of plutonium in soil particles using micro-XRF and 3D confocal XRF. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 30 (7): 1511-1517.

McIntosh, KG; Neal JA; Nath, P; Havrilla, GJ (2014). Microfluidic sample preparation for elemental analysis in liquid samples using micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. X-Ray Spectrometry 43 (6): 332-337.

Fittschen, UEA; Menzel, M; Scharf, O; Radke, M; Reinholz, U; Buzanich, G; Lopez, VM; McIntosh, K; Streli, C; Havrilla, GJ (2014). Observation of X-ray shadings in synchrotron radiation-total reflection X-ray fluorescence using a color X-ray camera. Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 99 (1): 179-184.

McIntosh, KG; Cusack, MJ; Vershinin, AG; Chen, ZW; Zimmerman, EA; Molho, ES; Celmins, D; Parsons, PJ (2012). Evaluation of a prototype point-of-care instrument based on monochromatic X-ray fluorescence spectrometry: potential for monitoring trace element status of subjects with neurodegenerative disease. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 75 (21): 1253-1268.

Parsons, PJ and McIntosh, KG (2010). Human exposure to lead and new evidence of adverse health effects: implications for analytical measurements. Powder Diffraction 25 (2): 175-181.


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