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Professor of Chemistry (and Physics) and Experimental Nuclear Science
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Areas of expertise: Schroeder's research focuses on basic and applied Nuclear Science and Technology. His group's heavy- and light-ion reaction studies explore fundamental properties of nuclear matter, as well as the dynamics of nuclear reactions and decay. Such information is relevant for understanding cosmological objects (neutron stars) and processes (supernovae, production of chemical elements). It is also relevant for the distribution of energy in nuclear fission-like decay. Applied research of the group includes development of novel nuclear radiation detectors and advanced electronics, important for both basic nuclear science and nuclear forensics. Studies of proton induced transmutation have applications in nuclear waste management. Ongoing radio-chemical work is directed to study chemical and physical interactions of tritium with metals and organic materials, as well as to develop methods for the recovery of tritium from exposed materials. Radioactive tritium is fuel for future fusion power reactors but is also produced in conventional light-water nuclear power plants.
Schroeder received his prediploma (BS) from the University of Göttingen in 1963, his Diploma (MS) in Phyiscs from the Free University of Berlin in 1967, and his Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Physics from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1971. He remained at Darmstadt as a Research Associate until 1975, when he joined the University of Rochester, also as a Research Associate. He held positions as senior research associate, and then professor part-time, in the Department of Chemistry and at the Nuclear Structure Research Laboratory until 1983, when he was appointed an associate professor of chemistry. He was promoted to professor of chemistry in 1987, and appointed a joint professor of physics in 2005. Schroeder was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1995.