Radiochemistry Student Wins 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award

Aug. 14, 2017

Jason Richards, a Ph.D. student in UNLV's Radiochemistry program, was awarded a First Place prize in the 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D.

Richards’ award is in the Open Competition in the category of Nuclear Science and Engineering. His award-winning research paper, “Selective Partitioning of Ruthenium from Nitric Acid Media,” was published in the journal Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange in February 2017.

The Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program is designed to:

  • award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications
  • demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle- relevant disciplines
  • support communications among students and DOE representatives

The program awarded 23 prizes in 2017 for student publications relevant to innovative nuclear technology. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

UNLV is one of the few universities in the country that can perform research with technetium. The radiochemistry program's ability to work with radioelements is the basis for numerous collaborations with DOE laboratories, universities, and international laboratories.

Learn more about the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program.