Jessica Jackson

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Jessica Jackson



312 Coolbaugh, Office C




  • BS – Washington State University
  • PhD – Washington State University
  • Postdoctoral training –Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Postdoctoral training – Colorado School of Mines, USA
“There is a beauty in discovery. There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule.”

~Glenn T. Seaborg 1958

Dr. Jackson joined the faculty of Mines first in 2013 as a post-doc (2013-2015) then returned in 2018 as a Research Assistant Professor. During her time away from Mines she spent 18 months with the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) at the Marcoule site in the south of France. The focus of her research in France was the identification of Pu-ligand complexes by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Her advisor while in France was Laurence Berthon, an expert in the field of ESI-MS. Prior to this work, Dr. Jackson focused her research energy on the development of extraction chromatographic material for the separation of U(VI) from Th(IV) and development of a nanoparticle oxidant for the oxidation of Am(III) to Am(VI) in Dr. Jenifer Shafer’s laboratory at CSM. Her radiochemistry research interests began with her studies at Washington State University first as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Dr. Donald Wall and then expanded through her graduate work under the tutelage of Professor Kenneth L. Nash. The bulk of her research while at WSU was focused on the complexation kinetics of trivalent lanthanides and Am(III) with the macrocyclic ligand DOTA. She has rejoined the Mines faculty with the goal of supporting the mission of the radiochemistry program at Mines of educating students on the fundamental and applied concerns of nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry.

Research Areas

Research interests include fundamental understanding of the nature of covalency within the heavy actinides; identification of extractant degradation products via electrospray ionization mass spectrometry; Pu-ligand gas phase behavior; development of extraction chromatographic material for for actinide separations; oxidation of trivalent americium to hexavalent americium using nano-sized sodium bismuthate; kinetics of metal-ligand complexation; solution chemistry of the f-elements; separations techniques for the advancement of nuclear fuel reprocessing.


  • Drader, Jessica A., Luckey, Morgan, Braley, Jenifer C., Thermodynamic considerations of covalency in trivalent actinide-(poly)aminopolycarboxylate interactions, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 2016, 34(2), 114.
  • Drader, J. A., Martin, N. P., Boubals, N., Zorz, N., Guilbaud, P., Berthon, L.; Redox behavior of gas phase Pu(IV)-monodentate ligand complexes: an investigation by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, J Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 2016, 310 (1), 441.
  • Drader, Jessica A., Zhu, Liping, Smith, Patrizia, McCann, Kevin, Boyes, Stephen, Braley, Jenifer C., Assessment of monoamide extractants and solid supports as new extraction chromatographic materials, Separation and Purification Technology, 2016, 163, 352.
  • McCann, Kevin, Drader, Jessica A., Braley, Jenifer C., Comparing Branched versus Straight-chain Monoamide Extractants for Actinide Recovery, Separation and Purification Reviews, 2018, 47 (1), 49-65.
  • Drader, J., Saint-Louis, G., Muller, J. M., Charbonnel, M-C., Guilbaud, P., Berthon, L., Roscioli-Johnson, K. M., Zarzana, C. A., Rae, C., Groenewold, G. S., Mincher, B. J., Mezyk, S. P., McCann, K., Boyes, S. G., Braley, J., Radiation Chemistry of the branched-chain monoamide di-ethylhexyl-isobutryamide, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 2017, 35 (7), 480-495.
  • Drader, J. A., Boubals, N., Cames, B, Guillaumont, D., Guilbaud, P., Saint-Louis, G., Berthon, L., Radiolytic stability of N, N,-dialkyl amide: effect on Pu(IV) complexes in solution, Dalton Transactions, 2018, 47, 251.