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Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Timothy A. DeVol, CHP

Devol
Toshiba Professor of Nuclear Engineering
342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625-6510
864.656.1014
864.656.0672 FAX
E-mail: devol@clemson.edu
Ph.D.  Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993
M.S.  Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988
B.S.  Engineering Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1987
Professional Registration
Certified Health Physics, American Board of Health Physics, 1997
Engineer-in-Training, South Carolina Board of Registration, 1999
Faculty Overview
Dr. DeVol’s research interests are in the areas of radiological environmental measurements, environmental health physics, statistical methods, homeland security, radioactive material process monitoring and in-situ and field portable analytical instrumentation for radioactive environmental contaminant quantification.

Current research projects include:
  • Environmental monitoring of alpha- and beta-emitting radionuclides in water
  • Statistical analysis of monitoring data
  • Environmental monitoring of gamma-ray emitters
  • Digital signal processing of radiation signals
  • Numerical modeling of detectors
  • Nuclear forensics
Class Information
For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Respository.

EES 4110/6110 Radiation Detection and Measurements Laboratory
EES 8160 Technical Nuclear Forensics
EES 4800/6800 Environmental Risk Assessment
EES 8830 Advanced Topics in Health Physics

Selected Publications

Lolap, G.N., DeVol T.A., “Correlating the Luminosity Parameters to Pulse Shape Discrimination,” accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science (2013).

Grogan, K.P., DeVol, T.A., “Development of a novel method for the determination of 129I speciation,” accepted for publication in Analytical Chemistry (2013).

Hixon, A.E., DiPrete, D.P., DeVol, T.A., “Development of a Colorimetric Test for Quantification of Uranium in Drinking Water,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 2013.

Luo, P., Sharp, J.L., DeVol, T.A., “Bayesian Analyses of Time-Interval Data for Environmental Radiation Monitoring,” Health Physics Journal, 104 (1), 15-25 (2013).

Seliman, A.F.,  Borai, E.H.,  Lasheen, Y. F., DeVol T.A., “Remobilization of 60Co, 85Sr, 137Cs, 152Eu and 241Am from a contaminated soil column by groundwater and organic ligands”, Transport in Porous Media, 93 (3), 799-813 (2012).

Luo, P., Sharp, J.L., DeVol, T.A., “CUSUM Analyses of Time-Interval Data for Online Radiation Monitoring,” Health Physics Journal, 102 (6), 637-645 (2012).

Jacobsohn, L. G., McPherson, C.L., Sprinkle, K. B., Yukihara, E.G.,  DeVol, T. A., Ballato, J. M., “Scintillation of Rare Earth Doped Fluoride Nanoparticles,” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 99, 113111 (2011).

Seliman, A.F.,  Samadi, A., Husson S.M., Borai, E.H.,  DeVol T.A., “Preparation of Polymer-Coated, Scintillating Ion-Exchange Resins for Monitoring of 99Tc in Groundwater,” Anal. Chem. 83, 4759–4766 (2011).

DeVol, T.A., Pruitt, L., Gallaird J., Sexton, L., Cordaro, J. Rao, A., Serkiz, S.M., “Toward a carbon nanotube anode gas-filled radiation detector,” Nuc. Instr. Meth. Physics A 652, 310-314 (2011).

Grogan, K.P., DeVol, T.A., “Online Detection of Radioactive Iodine in Aqueous Systems through the Use of Scintillating Anion Exchange Resin,” Analytical Chemistry, 83 (7), 2582-2588 (2011).

Jacobsohn, L. G., Sprinkle, K. B., Roberts, S. A., Kucera, C. J., James, T. L., Yukihara, E.G., DeVol, T. A., Ballato, J. M., “Fluoride Nanoscintillators," Journal of  Nanomaterials, Vol. 2011, Article ID 523638, 6 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/523638 (2011).

Jacobsohn, L. G., Sprinkle, K. B., Kucera, C. J., James, T. L., Roberts, S. A., Qian, H., Yukihara, E.G., DeVol, T. A., Ballato, J. M., “Synthesis, Luminescence and Scintillation of Rare Earth Doped Lanthanum Fluoride Nanoparticles,” Optical Materials, Vol. 33, 136–140 (2010).

Jacobsohn, L. G., Kucera, C. J., James, T. L., Sprinkle, K. B., DiMaio, J.R, Kokuoz, B., Yazgan-Kukouz, B., DeVol, T. A., Ballato, J. M., “Preparation and Characterization of rare earth doped fluoride nanoparticles,” Materials 3 2053-2068 (2010).

Grogan, K., Kaplan, D. I., Fjeld, R.A., DeVol, T. A., and Coates, J.T., "Distributions of Radionuclide Sorption Coefficients (Kd) in Sub-surface Sediments and the Implications for Transport Calculations," Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Vol. 101, 847-853 (2010).

Luo, P., DeVol, T.A., Sharp, J.L., “Sequential Probability Ratio Test using Scaled Time-Intervals for Environmental Radiation Monitoring,” IEEE Trans. Nuc. Sci., Vol. 57, No. 3, 1556-1562 (2010).

Seliman, A.F., Borai, E.H., Lasheen, Y.F., Abo-Aly, M.M., DeVol, T.A., Powell B.A., “Mobility of radionuclides in soil/groundwater system: Comparing the influence of EDTA and four of its degradation products,” Environmental Pollution, Vol. 158, 3077-3084 (2010).

DeVol, T.A., Gohres, A.A., Williams, C.L., “Application of Classical and Bayesian Statistical Methods to On-Line Radiological Monitoring Data,” accepted for publication in Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 282, Issue 3, 933 – 938 (2009).

DeVol, T.A., Clements, J.P., O'Hara, M.J., Egorov, O.B., Grate, J.W., “Characterization and Application of Superlig® 620 Solid Phase Extraction Resin for Automated Process Monitoring,” Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 282, Issue 2, 623 – 628 (2009).

Soreefan, A.M., DeVol, T.A., “Proportional Counting Of Tritium Gas Generated By Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Electrolysis,” Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 282, Issue 2, 517 – 521 (2009).

Soreefan, A.M., DeVol, T.A., “Determination of Tritium Enrichment Parameters of a Commercially Available PEM Electrolyzer: A Comparison with Conventional Enrichment Electrolysis,” Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 282, Issue 2, 511 – 515 (2009).

Awards & Honors

Toshiba Endowed Professor of Nuclear Engineering, named 2012

Clemson University Innovation award, 2003 & 2011

Elda E. Anderson award, 2004.

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