Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mark Sutton

Deputy Division Leader
for Operations

Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

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PhD Environmental Radiochemistry
Loughborough University, UK
BS Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry
Loughborough University, UK


Mark Sutton is a deputy division leader in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division, supporting the science and national security missions at LLNL, including stockpile stewardship, pre- and post- nuclear event forensic science, nuclear threat reduction, and nuclear safeguards. He is responsible for ensuring the safe, secure, and ethical execution of work performed by over 200 scientific and technical staff in radiochemistry and nuclear physics facilities at LLNL and off-site experimental locations.

Research Interests

Sutton has over 20 years of experience applying science and technology in the interest of nationally relevant projects ranging from nuclear waste disposal to urban recovery following chemical, biological, or nuclear terrorism. His research has resulted in the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, LLNL technical reports, multi-laboratory and multi-agency reports, and numerous conference presentations.

Awards and Honors

  • Chartered Scientist designation awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and UK Research Council, ‘C.Sci’ (2004).
  • Chartered Chemist designation awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, ‘C.Chem’ (2003).

Selected Publications

Sutton, M. and Swanberg, E., Demonstration and Characterization of Plastic Scintillation Fiber Bundles in Radiation Detection, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-739408 (2017).

Saito, H., Sutton, M., Swanberg, E., and Zhao, P., Evaluation of Remediation and Monitoring Technologies for Wide-Area Radiological Contamination, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-739109 (2017).

Sutton, M. and Zhao, P., Emerging Technologies and Techniques for Wide Area Radiological Survey and Remediation, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-686964 (2016).

Sutton, M. and Gorman, T., Plastic Scintillation Fibers for Radiological Contamination Surveys, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-685842 (2016).

Sutton, M., Kane, S.R., and Wollard, J.R., Methyl Iodide Fumigation of Bacillus anthracis Spores,Journal of Environmental Health, 78(2), 14 (2015).

Sutton, M., Gates-Anderson, D.D., Harward, N.K., and Kegelmeyer, L.M., Wide Area Containment of Radiological Particulate Contamination, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-680071 (2015).

Sutton, M., Contaminant Stabilization Technology Gap Report, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-663822 (2014).

Sutton, M., Methyl Iodide Fumigation of Historical or Irreplaceable Artifacts, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-635771 (2013).

Sutton, M., Alfaro, T.M., Carrillo, A.C., Kane, S.R., Ramsey, M., Sinibaldi, J.O., and Wilkins, P.R., Evaluation of Fixative Materials for Immobilization of Spores, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-625832 (2013).

Sutton, M., Bibby, R.K., Eppich, G.R., Lee, S., Lindvall, R.E., Wilson, K., and Esser, B.K., Evaluation of historical beryllium abundance in soils, airborne particulates and facilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,Science of the Total Environment 437, 373 (2012).

Campbell, C.G., Kirvel, R.D., Love, A.H., Bailey, C.G., Miles, R., Schweickert, J., Sutton, M., and Raber, E., Decontamination After a Release of B. anthracis Spores, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice and Science 10(1), 108 (2012).

Smith, C., Blink, J.A., Fratoni, M., Greenberg, H.R., Halsey, W., Simon, A.J., and Sutton, M., Nuclear Energy Return on Energy Investment, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-577013 (2012).

Sutton, M., Blink, J.A., Fratoni, M., Greenberg, H.R., and Ross, A.D., Investigations on Repository Near-Field Thermal Modeling - Repository Science/Thermal Load Management & Design Concepts, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-491099 (2011).

Lee, S.D., Snyder, E.G., Willis, R., Gates-Anderson, D.D., Sutton, M., Drake, J., and MacKinney, J., Radiological Dispersal Device Outdoor Simulation Test: Cesium Chloride Particle Characteristics, Journal of Hazardous Materials 176(1–3), 56 (2010).

Sutton, M. and Lee, S., Evaluation of Carpet Sampling Data: Beryllium Source-Term Evaluation, Final Report, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-AR-418626 (2009).

Sutton, M., Review of Distribution Coefficients for Radionuclide in Carbonate Minerals, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-SR-415700 (2009).

Sutton, M., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Post-RDD Radiological Fate and Decontamination Research Capabilities, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-MI-414990 (2009).

Sutton, M., Fischer, R. P., Thoet, M., O'Neill, M., and Edgington, G. Plutonium Decontamination Using CBI Decon Gel 1101 in Highly Contaminated and Unique Areas at LLNL, LLNL Technical Report LLNL-TR-404723 (2008).

Gates-Anderson, D. D., Rasmussen, C., Fischer, R. P., Viani, B. E., Hu, Q., Sutton, M., and McNab, W., Dirty Bomb Fallout, Nuclear Engineering International 52, 28 (2007).

Sawvel, A.M., Sutton M., Chinn S.C., and Maxwell, R., NMR Studies of Beryllium Sequestration in Biological and Environmental Systems, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 229, 2, U784-U784 (2005).

Bryan, C., Jarek, R., Wolery, T., Shields, D., Sutton, M., Hardin, E., and Barr, D., Evaluation of the Corrosivity of Dust Deposited on Waste Packages at Yucca Mountain, NV, Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX MRS, 191 (2005).

Alai, M., Sutton, M., Carroll, S. A., Evaporative Evolution of Brines from Synthetic Topopah Spring Tuff Pore Water, Yucca Mountain, NV, Geochemical Transactions 6(2), 31 (2005).

Esser B. K., McConachie W., Fischer R., Sutton M., Guthrie E., and Szechenyi S., Radiochemical Analyses of the Filter Cake, Granular Activated Carbon, and Treated Ground Water from the DTSC Stringfellow Superfund Site Pretreatment Plant, LLNL Technical Report UCRL-TR-215443 (2005).

Sutton, M., Andresen, B., Burastero, S. R., Chiarappa-Zucca, M. L., Chinn, S. C., Coronado, P., Gash, A. E., Perkins, J., Sawvel, A. M., and Szechenyi, S. C., Modern Chemistry Techniques Applied to Metal Behavior and Chelation in Medical and Environmental Systems, LLNL Technical Report UCRL-TR-209476 (2005).

Carroll, S. A., Alai, M., Craig, L., Gdowski, G. E., Hailey, P., Nguyen, Q-A., Rard, J. A., Staggs, K., Sutton, M., and Wolery, T. J., Chemical Environment at Waste Package Surfaces in a High-Level Radioactive Waste Repository, Bechtel SAIC Technical Report, UCRL-TR-212566 (2005).

Alai, M., Sutton, M., and Carroll, S. A., Comparison of Experimental and Model Data for the Evaporation of a Synthetic Topopah Spring Tuff Pore Water, Yucca Mountain, NV, Water-Rock Interaction 2, 917 (2004).

Sutton, M. and Burastero, S.R., Uranium(VI) Solubility and Speciation in Simulated Elemental Biological Fluids, Chem. Res. Toxicol. 17, 1468 (2004).

Sutton, M., Alai, M., and Carroll, S.A., Evaporative Evolution of Carbonate-Rich Brines from Synthetic Topopah Spring Tuff Pore Water, Yucca Mountain, NV, MRS Symp. Proc. 824, 497 (2004).

Nguyen, Q. A., Hailey, P., Sutton, M., Staggs, K., Alai, M., and Carroll, S. A., Evaporative Concentration of 100x J13 Ground Water at 60% Relative Humidity and 90°C, Bechtel SAIC Technical Report, UCRL-TR-201284 (2003).

Sutton, M., Warwick, P., and Hall, A., Uranium(VI) Interactions with OPC/PFA Grout, J. Environ. Monit. 5, 922 (2003).

Sutton, M. and Burastero, S. R. Beryllium Chemical Speciation in Elemental Human Biological Fluids, Chem. Res. Toxicol., 16, 1145 (2003).

Sutton, M., Burastero, S. R., Mundy, C., and Quong, J., Modern Chemistry Techniques in the Medical Chelation of Beryllium, The Pharmacologist 44, 2, S1, A174, 100.24 (2002).

Sylwester, E., Allen, P. G., Dharmawardana, U., and Sutton, M., Structural Studies of Uranium and Thorium Complexes with Pyrocatechol-3,5-disodium Sulfonate (Tiron) at Low and Neutral pH, Inorg. Chem. 40, 2835 (2001).

Sutton, M., Uranium Solubility, Speciation and Complexation at High pH, PhD Thesis, Loughborough University, UK (1999).

Sutton, M., Warwick, P., Hall, A., and Jones, C. H., Carbonate Induced Dissolution of Uranium Containing Precipitates Under Cement Leachate Conditions, J. Env. Monit. 1, 177 (1999).

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