Gregory Severin

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Education and training

  • MS, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • PhD, Nuclear Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010


Our group is developing a method for collecting and
purifying byproduct radionuclides from FRIB called
“isotope harvesting.” Harvested isotopes will be used
as research tools in other areas like nuclear medicine,
biosystems radiotracing, and nuclear data for security


I grew up in Okemos, Michigan, and have been
fascinated with nuclear science since visiting the National
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU as a
teenager. I worked on high-precision beta spectroscopy
as a graduate student, and then went on to isotope
production for medical applications as a postdoc. I was
fortunate to spend several years at the Technical University
of Denmark as a scientist in applied nuclear physics and
radiochemistry before returning to the Lansing area for a
faculty appointment in 2016.

How students can contribute as part of my research team

Students in my group have an opportunity to bridge the
cutting-edge nuclear physics technology at FRIB to other
fields. This allows broad definition of a PhD project and lets
the students decide how deep into any subject they want
to dive. The expectation for students in my group is that
they will acquire a working knowledge of nuclear physics
and at least one other topic, like medical imaging, detector
physics, inorganic chemistry, or analytical chemistry. All
viewpoints are welcome, and creativity is encouraged.

Scientific publications