Tori Forbes

IBA Core Mentor
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Chemistry
College: 
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
University: 
The University of Iowa
Education: 
B.S. Beloit College (2001)
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame (2008)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, NEAT-ORU, University of California at Davis (2008-2010)
Phone: 
319-384-1320
Office: 
W374 CB
Research Interests: 
Fundamental Actinide Chemistry

Actinides have fascinating chemical properties due to the complex nature of their 5electrons that may lead to unique catalytic, electronic, and optical properties.  Of particular interest is the development of novel actinide nanomaterials for use in advanced technologies and as geochemical model compounds to understanding the mobility of nuclear waste in environmental systems.  We use a variety of low-temperature synthesis techniques to create novel materials containing thorium (232Th) and uranium (238U) that are characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, NMR, Raman and IR spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis.