Enrica Balboni

Staff Scientist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
Email: balboni1@llnl.gov
Phone: +19254224833


  • Ph.D., Earth Science, University of Notre Dame, 2015
  • M.S., Earth Science, Università degli studi di Ferrara, 2010
  • B.S., Earth Science, Università degli studi di Ferrara, 2007

Research Interests

Enrica Balboni worked as a graduate intern at the Getty Conservation Institute and was awarded both a Bayer Predoctoral Research Fellowship from the Center for Environmental Science & Technology at the University of Notre Dame and a student research grant from the Mineralogical Society of America. She currently works as a postdoc in the Environmental Radiochemistry group and at the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute at LLNL.

Balboni’s research interests include actinide-mineral interactions, actinides crystal chemistry, environmental transport and behavior of f-elements, microscopy, mass spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, and nuclear forensics. In addition to exploring these research interests through her work at LLNL, she has also spent time mentoring other employees, work which earned her an outstanding mentor award in 2017.

Honors and Awards

  • Student research grant, Mineralogical Society of America, 2014
  • Predoctoral CEST Bayer Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2013-2014
  • Graduate internship, Getty Conservation Institute, 2008-2009
  • ERASMUS grant, European Union, 2005

Selected (Recent) Publications

  1. E. Balboni, T. Spano , N. Cook, A. Simonetti, and P.C. Burns, Rare earth fractionation in uranium ore and its alterations, Applied Geochemistry 87, 84–92 (2017).
  2. T.L. Spano, A. Simonetti, E. Balboni, C. Dorais, and P. C. Burns, Trace Element and U Isotope Analysis of Uraninite and Ore Concentrate: Implications for Nuclear Forensic Investigations, Applied Geochemistry 84, 277–285 (2017).
  3. T. L. Spano, A. Simonetti, T. Wheeler, G. Carpenter, D. Freet, E. Balboni, C. Dorais, and P.C. Burns, A novel nuclear forensic tool involving deposit type normalized rare earth signatures, Terra Nova 29, 294–305 (2017).
  4. K. M. Peruski,V. Bernales, M. Dembowski, H. L. Lobeck, K. L. Pellegrini, G.E. Sigmon, S. Hickam, C. M. Wallace, J. E. S. Szymanowski, E. Balboni, L. Gagliardi, and Peter C. Burns, Uranyl Peroxide Cage Cluster Solubility in Water and the Role of the Electrical Double Layer, Inorganic chemistry 56(3), 1333–1339 (2017).
  5. Balboni, E.; Jones, N.; Spano, T.; Simonetti, A.; Burns, P.C. " Chemical and Sr isotopic characterization of North America uranium ores: Nuclear forensic applications" Applied Geochemistry 74, 24–32 (2016).
  6. E. Balboni, J.M. Morrison, Wang, Z, Hengelhard, E. M., and P.C. Burns, Incorporation of Np(V) and U(VI) in carbonate and sulfate minerals crystallized from aqueous solution, Geochimica et Cosmocomica Acta 151 133–149 (2015).
  7. E. Balboni and P. C. Burns, Hydrothermal syntheses and characterization of uranyl tungstates with electro-neutral structural units, Zeitung fur Kristallographie 230(8), 490–505 (2015).
  8. E. Balboni and Burns, P.C., Cation-cation interactions and cation exchange in a series of isostructural uranyl tungstates, Journal of solid state chemistry 213, 1–8 (2014).