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Howard L. Hall

Director, Institute for Nuclear Security

Fellow, Global Security Policy Program

PhD, Nuclear and Radiochemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae


Nuclear security, nuclear chemist


UT Center for Interdisciplinary & Graduate Education

Dr. Howard Hall, a nuclear chemist and expert in preventing and responding to nuclear terrorism, directs the Baker Center’s Global Security Program. Dr. Hall earned his doctorate in nuclear chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to UT and ORNL, Dr. Hall worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as the laboratory’s division leader for radiological and nuclear countermeasures. He was also the program leader for nuclear assessments and forensics and served as the radiological detection and response program leader. While at the LLNL, Dr. Hall worked in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. In addition to his role at the Baker Center, Dr. Hall also holds appointments in the UT Knoxville nuclear engineering department and the global nuclear security division at ORNL. His focus at ORNL includes ways to detect the presence of and remove from circulation illicit radioactive material and identifying better methods of responding to and recovering from nuclear incidents.

Research Interests

Nuclear forensics, particularly developing faster and more reliable radioanalytical processes, and developing a better understanding of the physical, chemical, and nuclear processes underlying nuclear forensics for reducing uncertainty in the interpretation of forensic data.

Nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry, novel separation methods, the evolution of trace material signatures (both nuclear and stable) in fuel cycle processes, isotope production and purification research, and fundamental physical/chemical properties of isotopes.

Radiation detection and measurement as applied to security-relevant needs, particularly the performance of “systems of systems” against radioactive threats.

Nuclear security policy in the interface between technology, policy and legal frameworks, including treaty verification and arms control, counterterrorism, and nuclear nonproliferation.

Selected Publications

Garrison, J.R., D.E. Hanson, and H.L. Hall, Monte Carlo analysis of thermochromatography as a fast separation method for nuclear forensics. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 2012. 291(3): p. 9.

Moore, C.B., C.J. Anderson, P.A. Baisden, C.J. Burns, R.A. Chrzanowski, S.B. Clark, R.E. Freeman, H.L. Hall, L.R. Morss, G. Peaslee, G. M. Pion, H. VanBrocklin, and J.F. Wacker, Assuring a Future U.S.-Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise, 2012, Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Hanson, D., J. Garrison, and H. Hall, Assessing thermochromatography as a separation method for nuclear forensics: current capability vis-a-vis forensic requirements. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 2011. 289(1): p. 213-223.

Hall, H.L., H.L. Dodds, J.P. Hayward, L.H. Heilbronn, J.W. Hines, H. Liao, G.I. Maldonado, L.F. Miller, R.E. Pevey, A.E. Ruggles, L.W. Townsend, and B.R. Uphadhyaya. Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Security: A Growing Emphasis at the University of Tennessee. in Pacific Northwest International Conference on Global Nuclear Security–the Decade Ahead, 2010, Portland. OR: Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.

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