Jack Cornett


Jack Cornett
Full Professor


Jack Cornett


Dr. Jack Cornett is the Canada Research Chair in Radiochemistry and Environmental Health and a member of the Departments of Chemistry and Earth Sciences.  Dr. Cornett’s interdisciplinary research spans fields from risk analysis, radiochemistry, and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to the modelling of water and contaminant transport, radiation protection and health science. He has authored over 300 papers and invited presentations that are published in journals ranging from Radiation Protection Dosimetry and Atomic Spectroscopy to Science.  His current research focuses on developing new analytical AMS techniques for isotopes that are very difficult to measure.  He has applied these methods to date sediments, soils and rocks in the Canadian Arctic, to study the distribution of radionuclides in the environment and to estimate the rates of long term transport of pollutants.

Selected publications:

  • Z. Kazi, R. J. Cornett, X-L Zhao, L. Kieser. Pu and Am Separation by Extraction Chromatography for Determination by AMS. Analytica Chemica Acta. In press, 2014
  • M. Herod, R. J. Cornett, G. St Jean and I.D. Clark. Extraction of 129I and 127I via Combustion from Organic Rich Samples using 125I as a Quantitative Tracer. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. In press, 2014
  • X.-L. Zhao, J. Eliades, A.E. Litherland, W.E. Kieser, J. Cornett, and C.R.J. Charles. OOn-line HfF5?/WF5? separation in an O2-filled radiofrequency quadrupole gas cell. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 27, 2818-2822, 2013
  • R.J. Cornett, J. Fabryka Martin, H.R.A. Andrews, J. Cramer, V.T. Koslowsky. Geochemistry of 36Cl at the Cigar Lake Uranium ore deposit. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 268: 1189-1192, 2010
  • D. Lariviere, K. Benkhedda, S. Kiser, S. Johnson and R. J. Cornett. Rapid and automated sequential determination of ulta-trace long lived actinides in air filters by ICP_MS. Analytical Methods 2: 259-267, 2010

Fields of Interest

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Radiochemistry
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