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Dr. Frederic Poineau

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: MSM-HRC 237
Phone: 702-895-5351
Fax: 702-895-3094


The focus of my research is on the fundamental and applied chemistry of technetium. The radioelement 99Tc is an important byproduct of the nuclear industry and 99mTc is the predominant isotope in nuclear medicine. I believe that the study of fundamental chemistry of 99Tc permit to learn more on the chemistry of the transitions transition elements, permit the development of new 99mTc radiopharmaceuticals, and to explore possibilities for 99Tc waste storage forms. In this context, I am particularly interested in the synthesis, characterizations, electronic structures and spectroscopic properties of: technetium solid state compounds (binary halides  and  oxides,  alloys ,  sulfides)  which  can  be used as waste forms, multiple metal-metal bonded complexes and low valents molecular Tc complexes coordinated to ligand of potential interest in medicine applications.


  • Poineau, F; Weck, P F.; Burton-Pye, B P.; Denden, I; Kim, K; Kerlin, W; German, KE.; Fattahi, M; Francesconi, L C.; Sattelberger, A P.; et al.. Reactivity of HTcO4 with methanol in sulfuric acid: Tc-sulfate complexes revealed by XAFS spectroscopy and first principles calculations.  Dalton Transactions (2013), 42(13), 4348-4352.
  • Poineau, F.; Burton-Pye, B P.; Maruk, A; Kirakosyan, G; Denden, I; Rego, D B.; Johnstone, E V.; Sattelberger, A P.; Fattahi, M; Francesconi, Lynn C.; et al.. On the nature of heptavalent technetium in concentrated nitric and perchloric acid. Inorganica Chimica Acta (2013), 398, 147-150.
  • Poineau, F; Mausolf, E; Jarvinen, G D.; Sattelberger, A P.; Czerwinski, K R. Technetium Chemistry in the Fuel Cycle: Combining Basic and Applied Studies. Inorganic Chemistry (2013), 52(7), 3573-3578.
  • Johnstone, E V.; Weck, P F.; Poineau, F; Kim, E; Forster, P M.; Sattelberger, A P.; Czerwinski, K R. X-ray Crystallographic and First-Principles Theoretical Studies of K2[TcOCl5] and UV/Vis Investigation of the [TcOCl5]2- and [TcOCl4]- Ions. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2013), 2013(7), 1097-1104.
  • Johnstone, E. V.; Grant, D. J.; Poineau, F.; Fox, L.; Forster, P. M.; Ma, L; Gagliardi, L; Czerwinski, K R.; Sattelberger, A P. A Trigonal-Prismatic Hexanuclear Technetium(II) Bromide Cluster: Solid-State Synthesis and Crystallographic and Electronic Structure.  Inorganic Chemistry (2013), 52(10), 5660-5662.
  • Kerlin, W M.; Poineau, F; Czerwinski, K R.; Forster, P M.; Sattelberger, A P. Hydrothermal synthesis and solid-state structure of Tc2(O2CCH3)4Cl2.  Polyhedron (2013), 58, 115-119.
  • Poineau, F; Weck, P F.; Burton-Pye, B P.; Kim, E; Francesconi, L C.; Sattelberger, A P.; German, K E.; Czerwinski, K R. Diperoxo Pertechnetic Acid Characterized by Spectroscopic and Quantum Chemical Studies. European| Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2013) – in press.
  • Poineau, F.,  Johnstone, E V.; ; Czerwinski, K R.; Sattelberger, A P. Characterization of TcCl4 and TcCl3 by X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry. (2013) – in press.