Materials Characterization

INL Research Staff

Steven N. Bakhtiar, Ph.D., is the Department Manager for Nuclear Material Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In addition to his responsibilities as department manager, Dr. Bakhtiar is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and has been qualified and served as a Lead Auditor for three DOE national programs. Dr. Bakhtiar has over 24 years experience in numerous capacities including Laboratory Operations, Quality Assurance, assessments, training, science education, Actinide chemistry, Radiological Control and waste management, and over seventeen years of experience as a manager responsible for Laboratory services.
Dr. Bakhtiar has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Radiochemistry, with an emphasis in Actinides Chemistry from the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the National Health Physics Society, Health Physics Society- Northern California Chapter, Waste Education Research Consortium (WERC), International Radiological Science Application, Academy of Certified Hazardous Material Management, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management and DOE Analytical Managers. Dr. Bakhtiar has also presented and published over several dozen technical papers. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, reading, watching movies, volunteering to do community service and giving lectures and seminars.
Contact: 208-533-7463, Steven.Bakhtiar@inl.gov

Daniel Cummings is a scientist in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he performs elemental and isotopic analyses and develops analytical methods and separations on a variety of samples with emphasis on gas chromatography, ICP-AES (inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry), and ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy) instrumentation. Cummings also supports and develops programs at the INL including Homeland Security Research, Experimental Fuels Production and Post Irradiation Characterization.
Cummings has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Idaho and has taken numerous courses from University of Idaho and Idaho State University extensions focusing on chemistry. Prior to his current position, Cummings worked as an assistant chemist, a researcher and an experimental power reactor operator. He currently has two patents and numerous publications and presentations.
Cummings is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountaineering, downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, golfing and ice fishing as well as spending time with his wife and two grand-daughters.
Contact: 208-533-7311, Daniel.Cummings@inl.gov

Rick Demmer is an analytical chemist for the Nuclear Fuels Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory and project manager for EPA-sponsored dirty bomb decontamination testing program.
Demmer began his career at INL in 1982 in the Production Support Analysis Laboratory of the Idaho Nuclear Technology Engineering Center (INTEC) where he studied stainless steel process equipment and decontamination waste minimization. His areas of expertise include chemical, strippable coatings and laser decontamination methods.  In 2004 he began developing decontamination technologies to remediate radioactive contamination from a dirty bomb for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. 
He currently has one patent for a filter treatment process, and three patents pending dealing with decontamination. Demmer has a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University. He also serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the Waste Management Symposium and teaches courses on decontamination for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Outside of work, Demmer enjoys playing guitar and mandolin, restoring old cars and woodworking.
Contact: 208-533-7321, Rick.Demmer@inl.gov

Maria Theresa Giglio, Ph.D., is a mass spectrometry specialist in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, she works with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) to analyze samples in the analytical lab.
Dr. Giglio has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Saint Louis University in the Philippines and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She also has experience working with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), cold vapor atomic absorption (CVAA) and graphite furnace atomic absorption for the analysis of environmental and biological samples as well as Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and ion chromatography (IC) for the analysis of clean room samples. Outside of work, Dr. Giglio enjoys gardening, growing orchids in her greenhouse and spending time with her kids.
Contact: 208-533-7276, MariaTheresa.Giglio@inl.gov

Rodney Hudman is a Research and Development technician for the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he works in the radio chemistry group performing alpha, beta and gamma spectroscopy and chemical separations in the analytical laboratory.
Hudman has worked 17 years at INL and has experience in radio chemistry, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), hot cell work, Actinide separations, ion chromatography, cold vapor atomic fluorescence, mercury analysis, atomic absorption spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence. He also worked two years at the Dugway Proving Ground in the Special Programs training division as a chemist subject matter expert for chemical warfare. Hudman has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Idaho State University. Outside of work, he enjoys snowmobiling, four-wheeling, camping and fishing.
Contact: 208-533-7740, Rodney.Hudman@inl.gov

Marcos Jimenez is a senior chemistry technician in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory where he supports programs and research activities with mass spectrometric measurements. He uses inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) instruments as well as thermal ionization mass spectrometers (TIMS) to analyze samples. His responsibilities also include collecting data for routine and research-oriented irradiated and non irradiated samples.
Jimenez also provides lab support by training less experienced technicians, working with interns and supporting operations in the nuclear facility through decontamination efforts such as cell entries and glove change-outs. Jimenez attended college at University of Idaho and was in the nuclear navy for 12 years. Outside of work, Jimenez volunteers at the Hispanic Youth Symposium and enjoys watching movies.
Contact: 208-533-7908, Marcos.Jimenez@inl.gov

Marilyn Montgomery is an administrative assistant for Nuclear Materials Characterization and LHCS Operations Departments at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, she has a variety of responsibilities including receiving and logging samples, distributing and filing final reports, providing lab support, organizing meetings and tracking samples in the analytical lab.
Montgomery has worked at INL seven years. Prior to her current position, she worked as an accountant. She has an L clearance and RAD worker training. Montgomery enjoys bowling, swimming and helping family and friends.
Contact: 208-533-7276, Marilyn.Montgomery@inl.gov

Kevin Norbash, Ph.D., is a Nuclear Fuels Characterization Group Leader at Idaho National Laboratory, where he manages technical projects and conducts research. Dr. Norbash is a subject matter expert on thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) with expertise in analyzing isotopic compositions and elemental concentrations of actinides in nuclear reactors fuel. He also provides support for the Quality Assurance and Non-Proliferation programs at INL as well as the implementation of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) software.
Dr. Norbash has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and master’s degree in nuclear engineering. Dr. Norbash has over 20 years of scientific and technical experience in chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, technical project management, industrial systems and analytical chemistry. Outside of work, he enjoys soccer, outdoor activities such as running and hiking, and listening to classical music.
Contact: 208-533-7931, Kevin.Norbash@inl.gov

Jana Pfeiffer is a Research and Development technician in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory where she works in the radiochemical analysis group. In this capacity, she prepares samples for analysis, including chemical separations of samples.  In addition to standard bench top preparations, this work is performed in a variety of environments, including radiological hoods, glove boxes and hot cells. She uses gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation and alpha and beta counting equipment to analyze these samples. Pfeiffer has been involved in preparing sources for customers utilizing electro-deposition techniques to affix various isotopes to backing materials. In the near future, she and her group members will be developing alpha spectroscopy capabilities that will enhance the laboratory’s ability to provide quality analyses for their customers. Pfeiffer also has experience preparing samples for and performing analyses with the inductively coupled plasma atomic emissions spectrometer (ICP-AES), thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS).
Pfeiffer has worked ten years at INL, with 5 years in the NMCD and 5 years working as a radiological control technician. Pfeiffer attends Idaho State University and is working on a B.S. in Chemistry. She completed a certification program in Radiological Control Technology at Eastern Idaho Technical College in 1996. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and enjoys running, being outdoors, fishing, reading and gardening.
Contact: 208-533-7443, Jana.Pfeiffer@inl.gov

Jacqueline Fonnesbeck, Ph.D., is a chemist in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, she conducts radio analytical separations and dissolutions and works on various projects in the analytical laboratory. Fonnesbeck is currently involved in an LDRD project involving research investigating the reductive properties of various uranium oxides in uranium fluoride salts as well as other salts. She will also be working on a plutonium exchange program in a collaboration with other laboratories.
She has 13 years of experience in Actinide chemistry and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Montana State University. Fonnesbeck is a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Professional Women’s Association. She is fluent in French and enjoys running, reading, cooking, traveling, hiking and watching old movies.
Contact: 208-533-7163, Jacqueline.Fonnesbeck@inl.gov 

Michael Jones is a chemist in the analytical laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he supports the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) project and also performs dissolutions, alpha glove box work, wet chemistry and other special projects.
Jones has over 20 years of experience in chemistry and has worked in EPA, pharmaceutical and government labs. He has experience in a wide variety of chemistry tasks including gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).  Jones has five years of radiochemistry experience working with radioactive samples. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Idaho State University and an Associate of Science in chemical engineering. Outside of work, Jones enjoys hunting, fishing and working on cars.
Contact: 208-533-7262, Michael.Jones@inl.gov

James Morrison is a laboratory technician in the analytical lab in the Nuclear Fuels Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this position, he processes different nuclear materials into alloys, sections this material into test specimens and prepares the specimens for reactor tests and analysis.
Morrison has worked in the nuclear field at INL for 25 years. He has an Auto Mechanics certificate and an Auto Body Repair and Painting certificate, both from Idaho State University. He is also a Qualified Hazard Categorization-III Fissile Material Handler and Rad Worker II. In addition to his work as a technician, Morrison has experience as a Quality Control Inspector and as an examination technician at the Naval Reactor Facility. He also worked on reactor fuel preparation and storage of fuels from the Naval Reactors. He has experience operating hot cell manipulators and doing work in contaminated glove boxes performing liquid penetration tests.
Contact: 208-533-8004, James.Morrison@inl.gov

Larry Foulkrod is a research and development technician and hot cell coordinator for the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he works in the analytical lab using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), conducts sample dissolutions, coordinates work in hot cells, utilizes manipulators in hot cells and manages the removal of waste from hot cells.
Foulkrod has over 15 years experience in analytical work in nuclear facility operations. He is a certified Hazardous Material Technician and has many years of experience in performing waste characterization of diverse radioactive waste forms using atomic absorption spectroscopy as well as operating and utilizing glove boxes to complete analyses.  He has attended Idaho State University and University of Idaho, and is a member of the National Environmental Health Association.
Contact: 208-533-8015, Larry.Foulkrod@inl.gov

Martin Kearns is a radiochemistry technician in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he works with radioactive samples to analyze their level of radioactivity using gamma spectroscopy and alpha spectroscopy. He is also currently working on a project preparing calibration standards involving Californium.
Kearns has over 20 years of experience in radiochemistry including experience working in hot cell environments and analyzing samples with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and Actinide separations. His experience includes work with the US Army Corps of Engineers at the radioactive remediation site in New Jersey and work at the West Valley Nuclear Services Company in New York State where he worked in the radiochemistry lab doing radiochemistry separations, analyses with ICP-AES, mercury analyses, ion chromatography, routine Ph conductivity and toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP). He also has experience as a medical laboratory technician. Kearns holds a medical lab technology degree and has 20 years of experience working in hospital laboratories. Outside of work, he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, skiing and hiking.
Contact: 208-533-7186, Martin.Kearns@inl.gov

Jeffrey Berg is a staff chemist in the analytical laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he provides chemical and radiochemical expertise in developing analytical methods and analyses on a wide variety of samples. Mr. Berg has 24 years of experience as a chemist in the analytical laboratory. He is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the following areas: Actinide chemistry; combustion analysis of materials for carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen; Alpha glove box operations; Actinide separations; Actinide dissolutions; H-3 and C-14 analysis of reactor hardware; and liquid scintillation counting.
Mr. Berg has an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in Chemistry from the United States Naval Academy. Prior to working for BEA, Berg worked for the Argonne National Laboratory-West where he conducted chemical and radiochemical analyses on a wide variety of samples from Experimental Breeder Reactor-II, Hot Fuel Examination Facility and other non-Argonne experimenters using instrumental and wet chemical methods at the laboratory bench, in shielded facilities and glove box environments. He also has experience designing and conducting experiments on equipment for irradiated and non-irradiated samples and conducting chemical separations and analyses. Mr. Berg is currently the analytical laboratory lead chemist for the AGR fuels validation program (GNEP), and various other programs.
Contact: 208-533-7472, Jeffrey.Berg@inl.gov

Michael Rodriquez is a technician in the analytical laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he primarily performs hot cell sample dissolutions and utilizes remote manipulators.
Rodriquez has worked at INL for more than 13 years and is a remote manipulator expert. He also has experience as a surgical instrument technician at a hospital where his responsibility was sterile processing for instrumentation. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Chemistry.
Contact: 208-533-7705, Michael.Rodriquez@inl.gov

Brian Storms is a radio chemist in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. Storms performs radio chemical analyses on waste, fuel and environmental samples and then reports the data from the sample analyses.
Storms has over 20 years experience in radiochemistry and previously worked at the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Idaho State University and enjoys outdoor activities including fishing and camping.
Contact: 208-533-8083, Brian.Storms@inl.gov

Jana Crow is a technician for the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory where she has a strong background in radiation safety. Crow operates an inductively coupled plasma spectrometer to separate and analyze samples from throughout the site. She also works in hoods and glove boxes with various chemicals.
Crow has 22 years of experience in health physics and Radiological Control including radiation safety, radiological work, dose and radiation level monitoring, routine surveys and contamination checks. She completed a radiation safety course and has a certificate in Applied Science and Radiation Safety and is a member of the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists. Outside of work, she enjoys golfing, camping, fishing and traveling.
Contact: 208-533-7405, Jana.Crow@inl.gov

James Sommers is a technician in the analytical laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory where he mainly works in the mass spectrometry group. In this position, Sommers prepares samples for separation, dissolution and analysis.
Sommers has worked at INL for 15 years and has experience working in hot cells with manipulators and working with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). He has an associate’s degree in waste management and served in the Air Force for six years. Outside of work, Sommers is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hunting, fly-fishing and other outdoor sports.
Contact: 208-533-7946, James.Sommers@inl.gov

Jeffrey Giglio, Ph.D., is a chemist in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at the Idaho National Laboratory where he oversees elemental and instrumental analysis in the analytical lab. He also coordinates hot cell activities.
Dr. Giglio has worked at the INL for almost 10 years, and has 17 years experience in chemistry and instrumentation. He previously worked at the Research Triangle Institute as a research chemist. Dr. Giglio has a B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his two children.
Contact: 208-533-7801, Jeffrey.Giglio@inl.gov

Amanda Waters, is a research and development technician for the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at the Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, she works in the analytical lab utilizing manipulators in the hot cells and assists with the removal of waste and sample disposition from the hot cells. She also works with low-level alpha-, beta- and gamma-ray counters, hoods and glove boxes. Waters was hired by the INL in 2011. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, camping, and traveling.
Contact: 208-533-7816, Amanda.Waters@inl.gov

Tiffany Schorzman, is a Research and Development technician in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory where she works in the radiochemical analysis group. In this capacity, she performs alpha, beta and gamma spectroscopy and chemical separations of samples. In addition she has been working with the waste department in neutralization and solidification of waste which requires radiological hood work.
Schorzman has worked 8 years at the INL, with 6 years at Naval Reactors Facility as a Decontamination Technician level 2 and completed her 107 Radiation/Contamination Worker, the main job scope was to remove and prepare waste for shipping. Schorzman attended Eastern Idaho Technical College and received her Practical Nursing Advanced Certificate and has 13 years experience in the Nursing field. Schorzman served as Safety Chairman at BWXT in 2010.
She enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing and camping.
Contact: 208-533-7922, Tiffany.Schorzman@inl.gov

Joey Charboneau, is a chemist in the analytical laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. In this capacity, he works with radioactive samples, performing dissolutions and separations, using ion exchange chromatography. He has experience working in hot cells, glove boxes and hoods. He obtained his M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Idaho and gained experience using NMR, GC-MS, IR – spec and Fluorescent spectroscopy working at the university while completing his degrees. While earning his degree he was employed at the Stable Isotope laboratory in Moscow where he analyzed environmental samples for the university. He enjoys fishing, scuba diving and skiing in his free time and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Contact: 208-533-7623, Joey.Charboneau@inl.gov

 Crystal Poole, Crystal Poole is a technician for the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at Idaho National Laboratory. Poole prepares samples for separation, dissolution and analysis, uses remote manipulators and works in hoods and glove boxes using various chemicals. Poole has 4 years of experience in the medical nursing field as a licensed practical nurse and 4 years of experience working as a Psychiatric Technician. Outside of work she enjoys snow skiing, water skiing and spending time with her family.
Contact: 208-533-8058, Crystal.poole@inl.gov

 Matthew Jones,is a Research and Development Technician in the Nuclear Materials Characterization Department at the Idaho National Laboratory. He is currently working in the Radiochemical group and helps to assist in the analyses and characterization of samples. Jones started working for the INL this year and is currently a senior at Idaho State University, pursuing his B/S in Chemistry. During his time at ISU he has gained a strong background in organic chemistry as well as the analysis techniques used such as NMR spectroscopy and GC/MS. His current ambitions are to finish his B/S in Chemistry and pursue an advanced degree in Nuclear Chemistry. In his spare time he enjoys going to church, spending time with his wife and family, and playing disc golf.
Contact: 208-533-7746, Matthew.Jones@inl.gov

 Michelle Hunt
Contact: 208-533-7109, Michelle.Hunt@inl.gov

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