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Michael D. Kaminski

Nuclear Chemical Engineer


Michael Kaminski’s research has involved three primary areas. He has been involved in nuclear waste minimization and stabilization technology since his undergraduate studies where he developed magnetic polymeric microspheres for selective radionuclide separations.

He is also responsible for advanced nuclear fuel cycle radioactive waste development under the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Initiative within DOE including thermal transport, radiation dosimetry, and facility design.

Next, he has developed technologies for decontamination of nuclear facilities and for decontamination of urban centers following a radionuclide release.

Finally, he is developing medical treatment technologies based on magnetic nanospheres that he originally developed under an alternative nuclear waste management program for the Department of Energy.


  • Postdoctoral Appointee, Chemical Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 1998-2000
  • Nuclear Engineering/Geochemistry Minor, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • Nuclear Engineering/Radioactive Waste Management, M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996.
  • Nuclear Engineering, B.S. Cum Laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Awards, Honors, Memberships

  • American Nuclear Society, Member
  • HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference), Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for 2004
  • Council for Chemical Research as the Collaboration Award Winner, 2003
  • Sun-Times Innovation Award, 2002
  • Laboratory Graduate Appointment, Argonne National Laboratory, 1995-1996