Dr. Shuller-Nickles’ research and teaching interests are in the fields of environmental mineralogy, actinide chemistry, geochemistry, and computational materials science. She integrates computational and experimental techniques to evaluate the stability of nuclear materials and waste streams throughout the nuclear fuel cycle and in the environment. Recent efforts also include characterization of solid samples for nuclear forensics applications.
Current external funding:
Department of Homeland Security, Nuclear Forensics Junior Faculty Award Program, “Coupling Experiments and Atomistic Modeling to Characterize Actinide Oxides in Support of Nuclear Forensics” (2014-Present); PI.
Department of Energy, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Implementation Project "Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities" (2014-Present); co-PI.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Undergraduate Scholarship Program “Clemson University Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Program” (2014-Present), PI.
For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.
GEOL 2050 - Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology
EES 4120 - Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management
EES 8120 - Environmental Nuclear Engineering
EES 8160 - Technical Nuclear Forensics
EES 8830-012 - Atomistic Modeling in Environmental Systems
Shuller-Nickles, L.C., Bender, W., Walker, S, and Becker. U. (2014) “Quantum-mechanical methods for quantifying incorporation of contaminants in proximal minerals.” Minerals, 4, 690-715.
Shuller, L.C., Ewing, R.C., and Becker, U. (2013) “Np-incorporation into uranyl phases: A quantum-mechanical evaluation,” Journal of Nuclear Materials, 434, 440-450.
Shuller, L.C., Ewing, R.C., Becker, U. (2011) Thermodynamic properties of ThxU1-xO2 (0 < x < 1) based on quantum-mechanical calculations and Monte-Carlo simulations. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 412: 13-21.
Shuller, L.C., Ewing, R.C., Becker, U. (2010) Quantum-mechanical evaluation of Np-incorporation into studtite. American Mineralogist, 95: 1151-1160.
Zhang, F., Pointeau, V., Shuller, L.C., Reaman, D., Lang, M., Liu, Z., Hu, J., Panero, W., Becker, U., Ewing, R. (2009) Structural transitions and electron transfer in coffinite, USiO4, at high pressure. American Mineralogist, 94(7): 916-920.
Skomurski, F.N., Shuller, L.C., Ewing, R.C., and Becker U. (2008) Corrosion of UO2 and ThO2: A quantum-mechanical investigation. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 375(3): 290-310
First Place in Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research student paper competition, 2010
Best Poster in session, Waste Management Conference, 2008
Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management Fellowship, 2007-2010
Roy G Post Scholarship, 2007