Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Annie Kersting

Director Glenn T. Seaborg Institute

 +1 925-423-3338

Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.S. Geology and Geophysics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.Sc. Geology and Geophysics
University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests

Research interests include the fields of radiochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and environmental chemistry. Current research focuses on the geochemical mechanisms that control actinide transport in the soil and groundwater. In particular, she is interested in understanding how nanoparticles facilitate transport of contaminants in both the saturated and unsaturated environment.


  • BES Basic Research Needs workshop for Environmental Management (hosted by BES/BER/OSCR), 7/2015
  • Laboratory Directed Research & Development, LLNL review committee (2015-)
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Radiation Advisory Board member (2014-current)
  • Helmholtz-Programme Nuclear Waste Management, Safety and Radiation Research Review, Germany (Jan. 2014)
  • National Academy Sciences, National Research Council, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. Board member (2010-2015)
  • Laboratory Directed Research & Development, CMELS Directorate review committee (2007-2008)
  • National Academy Sciences, National Research Council, Committee member (2005-2007)
  • Plans and Practices for Groundwater Protection at the Los Alamos national Laboratory: Final Report (2007)
  • LANL Postdoctoral Program Review Committee, August 2006

Editorial Boards

  • Geochimica et. Cosmochimica Acta. Associate Editor, 2013-present

Steering Committee Member for Conferences and Workshops

  • Pu Futures Conference, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014
  • Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry Conference, 2012, 2015
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Symposium, UC Berkeley April 21, 2012
  • Asian-Pacific Symposium on Radiochemistry, 2011
  • Plutonium Processing Workshop, Los Alamos, NM 2011
  • Chemistry and Migration Behaviour of Actinides and Fission Products in the Geosphere, 1999, 2015

Publications (peer reviewed)

Shusterman, J.A., Mason, H.E., Bowers, J., Bruchet, A., Uribe, E.C., Kersting, A.B. and Nitsche, H. (2015) Development and Testing of Diglycolamide Functionalized Mesoporous Silica for Sorption of Trivalent Actinides and Lanthanides. Applied Materials & Interfaces 7 (37), 20591-20599. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b04481

Wong, J., Zavarin, M., Begg, J.D., Kersting, A.B., and Powell, B.A. (2015) Effect of Equilibration Time on Pu Desorption from Goethite, Radiochim. Acta. DOI: 10.1515/ract-2015-2404

Tinnacher, R.M., Begg, J.D., Mason, H., Ranville, J., Powell, B.A., Wong, J.C., Kersting, A.B., and Zavarin, M. (2015) Effect of Fulvic acid Surface Coatings on Plutonium Sorption and Desorption Kinetics on Goethite, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(5):2776-2785, doi: 10.1021/es505120s.

Begg, J.D., Zavarin, M., Tumey, S.J., and Kersting, A.B. (2015) Plutonium Sorption and Desorption Behavior on Bentonite. J. Environ. Radioact., 141:106-114.
doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.12.00210.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.12.002

Boggs, M.A., Dai, Z., Zavarin, M., and Kersting, A.B. (2015) Plutonium(IV) Sorption to Montmorillonite in the Presence of Organic Matter. J. Environ. Radioact., 141:90-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.12.005

Begg, J.D., Zavarin, M., and Kersting, A.B. (2014) Plutonium Desorption From Mineral Surfaces at Environmental Concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide. Environ. Sci. Technol., 48:6201–6210. doi: 10.1021/es500984w

Zhao, P., Tinnacher, R. M., Zavarin, M., and Kersting, A.B. (2014). Analysis of Trace Neptunium in the Vicinity of Underground Nuclear Tests at the Nevada National Security Site. J. Environ. Radioact., 137:163-172. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.07.011

Benedicto, A., Begg, J.D., Zhao, P., Kersting, A.B., Missana, T., and Zavarin, M. (2014) Effect of Major Cation Water Composition on the Ion Exchange of Np(V) on Montmorillonite: NpO2+-Na+-K+-Ca2+-Mg2+ Selectivity Coefficients. Appl. Geochem., 47:177-185. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.06.003

Zavarin, M., Zhao, P., Dai, Z.R., and Kersting, A.B. (2014) Plutonium Sorption and Precipitation in the Presence of Goethite at 25 and 80°C. Radiochim. Acta, 102:983-997.

Parsons-Moss, T., Wang, J., Jones, S., May, E. Olive, D., Dai, Z., Zavarin, M., Kersting, A.B., Zhao, D., and Nitsche, H. (2014) Sorption Interactions of Plutonium and Europium with Ordered Mesoporous Carbon. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2:11209-11221. doi: 10.1039/C4TA01740D

Boggs, M.A., Mason, H.E., Arai, Y., Powell, A., Kersting, A.B., and Zavarin, M. (2014) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Aqueous Plutonium (IV) Desferrioxamine B Complexes. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 21:3312-3321. doi: 10.1002/ejic.201402105

Kersting, A.B. (2013) invited: Plutonium Transport in the Environment. Inorg. Chem., 52:3533-3546. doi: 10.1021/ic3018908

Begg, J.D., Zavarin, M. Zhao, P., Tumey, S.J., Powell, B.A., and Kersting, A.B. (2013) Pu(V) and Pu(IV) Sorption to Montmorillonite. Environ. Sci. Technol., 47:5146-5153. doi: 10.1021/es305257s

Snow, M.S., Zhao, P., Dai, Z., Kersting, A.B., Zavarin, M. (2013) Neptunium(V) sorption to goethite at attomolar to micromolar concentrations. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 390 (1), pp. 176-182. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.08.058

Huang, P., Zavarin, M., Kersting, A.B. (2012) Ab initio structure and energetics of Pu(OH)4 and Pu(OH)4(H2O)n clusters: Comparison between density functional and multi-reference theories. Chemical Physics Letters, 543, pp. 193-198. doi: 10.1016/j.cplett.2012.06.033

Zavarin, M., Powell, B.A., Bourbin, M., Zhao, P., Kersting, A.B. (2012) Np(V) and Pu(V) ion exchange and surface-mediated reduction mechanisms on montmorillonite. Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (5), pp. 2692-2698. doi: 10.1021/es203505g

Kersting, A.B. Impact of colloidal transport on radionuclide migration. (2012) In: Radionuclide behaviour in the natural environment. Eds: H. Geckeis and C. Poinssot Woodhouse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84569-973-4. P384-410.

Powell, B.A., Dai, Z., Zavarin, M., Zhao, P., Kersting, A.B. (2011) Stabilization of plutonium nano-colloids by epitaxial distortion on mineral surfaces. Environmental Science and Technology, 45 (7), pp. 2698-2703.

Zhao, P., Zavarin, M., Leif, R.N., Powell, B.A., Singleton, M.J., Lindvall, R.E., Kersting, A.B. (2011) Mobilization of actinides by dissolved organic compounds at the Nevada Test Site. Applied Geochemistry, 26 (3), pp. 308-318.

Kersting, A.B. and Zavarin, M. (2011). Colloid Facilitated Transport of Plutonium at the Nevada Test Site, NV, USA. In: Actinide Nanoparticles Research. Ed. Kalmykov, S. and Denecke, M. Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-11431-1. 399-412p.

Utsunomiya, S., Kersting, A.B., Ewing, R.C. (2009) Groundwater nanoparticles in the far-field at the Nevada Test Site: Mechanism for radionuclide transport. Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (5), pp. 1293-1298.

Kersting, A.B. (2006). Colloids and Radionuclide Transport. In: Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High Level Nuclear Waste. Eds: MacFarlane A. and Ewing, R. M.I.T. Press. 335-364p.

Zavarin, M., Roberts, S.K., Hakem, N., Sawvel, A.M., Kersting, A.B. (2005) Eu(III), Sim(III), Np(V), Pu(V), and Pu(IV) sorption to calcite. Radiochimica Acta, 93 (2), pp. 93-102.

Tompson, A.F.B., Bruton, C.J., Pawloski, G.A., Smith, D.K., Bourcier, W.L., Shumaker, D.E., Kersting, A.B., Carle, S.F., Maxwell, R.M. (2002) On the evaluation of groundwater contamination from underground nuclear tests. Environmental Geology, 42 (2-3), pp. 235-247.

Smith, D.K., Kersting, A.B., Thompson, J.L., Finnegan, D.L. (2001) Insights to repository performance through study of a nuclear test site. Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings, 663, pp. 1023-1032.

Kersting, A.B., Efurd, D.W., Finnegan, D.L., Rokop, D.J., Smith, D.K., Thompson, J.L. (1999) Migration of plutonium in ground water at the Nevada Test Site. Nature, 397 (6714), pp. 56-59.

Gust, D.A., Arculus, R.J., Kersting, A.B. (1997) Aspects of magma sources and processes in the Honshu arc. Canadian Mineralogist, 35 (2), pp. 347-365.

Kersting, A.B., Arculus, R.J., Gust, D.A. (1996) Lithospheric contributions to arc magmatism: Isotope variations along strike in volcanoes of Honshu, Japan. Science, 272 (5267), pp. 1464-1468.

Kersting, A.B., Arculus, R.J. (1995) Pb isotope composition of Klyuchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka and North Pacific sediments: Implications for magma genesis and crustal recycling in the Kamchatkan arc. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 136 (3-4), pp. 133-148.

Kersting, A.B., Arculus, R.J. (1994) Klyuchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka, Russia: The role of high-flux recharged, tapped, and fractionated magma chamber(s) in the genesis of high-Al2O3 from high-MgO basalt. Journal of Petrology, 35 (1), pp. 1-41.

Kersting, A.B. (1995) Pb isotope ratios of North Pacific sediments, Sites 881,883 and 884: implications for sediment recycling in the Kamchatkan arc. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Leg 145, 383-388.

Holmes, R.D., Kersting, A.B., Arculus, R.J. (1989) Standard molar Gibbs free energy of formation for Cu2O: high-resolution electrochemical measurements from 900 to 1300 K The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 21 (4), pp. 351-361.

Kersting, A.B., Arculus, R.J., Delano, J.W., Loureiro, D. (1989) Electrochemical measurements bearing on the oxidation state of the Skaergaard Layered Intrusion. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 102 (3), pp. 376-388.

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