Nuclear Forensics is the science – and art – of establishing the provenance of material that could be used, or had been used, in the production or detonation of a nuclear weapon. In real life, the signatures and evidentiary chain will always be weak, subtle and conflicting, but the need for accurate, timely and actionable information for the Administration grows more pressing by the day.

Focus area lead: Ken Czerwinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Focus area co-lead: John Arnold, University of California, Berkeley
Current research is focused on:

  • Molecular nuclear forensics
  • Mass spectrometry for forensics applications
  • Computational methods in actinide chemistry
  • Combinatorial chemistry
  • Chemical separations and innovative solvents
  • Synthesis and characterization