Department of Chemistry Sue Clark

Regents Professor

Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Fulmer 630A
Pullman, WA 99164-4630

(509) 335-1411

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Ph.D. Inorganic and Radiochemistry, 1989
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


M.S. Inorganic Chemistry, 1987
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


B.S. Chemistry, 1984
Lander College, Greenwood, SC


SUE B. CLARK, PhD is a Regents Professor in the Chemistry Department at Washington State University (WSU). Her current research focuses on the environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides, and development of radioanalytical methods to measure actinide elements in environmental samples. Her research efforts are supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology. Prior to joining Washington State University in 1996, she was an Assistant Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (1992-1996), and Senior Scientist at Westinghouse Savannah River Company’s Savannah River Technology Center (1989-1992).


Professor Clark is involved in numerous national and international service activities. She has served as a consultant to the Nuclear Energy Agency of France, the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, and the Battelle Memorial Institute. She is currently serving on the National Research Council’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. Prof. Clark has received several awards, including the Westinghouse Professorship (2000 to present), Ford Lecturer at Minnesota State University (2003) the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (1998 – 2000), the Young Faculty Achievement Award (1998-1999) in the College of Sciences at Washington State University. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.


  • A. P. Novikov, S. N. Kalmykov, S. Utsunomiya, R. C. Ewing, F. Horreard, A. Merkulov, S. B. Clark, V. V. Tkachev, and B. F. Myasoedov (2006).  “Colloid transport of plutonium in the far-field of the Mayak Production Association, Russia”, Science, 314:638-641.
  • Z. Zhang, S. B. Clark, G. Tian, P. L. Zanonato, and L. Rao (2006), “ Protonation of D-gluconate and its complexation with Np(V) in acidic to nearly neutral solutions”, Radiochimica Acta, 94(9-11) 531-536.
  • M. H. Lee, Y. J. Park, K. Y. Jee, W. H. Kim, and S. B. Clark (2007), “Study of alpha track analysis and fission track analysis for determining hot particles contaminated with Pu and U isotopes”, Applied Radiation and Isotopes 65(1): 85-91
  • K. L. Nash, G. J. Lumetta, S. B. Clark, and J. Friese (2006), “Significance of the nuclear fuel cycle” in Separations for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the 21st Century, ACS Symposium Series 933: 3-20.