Michelle A. Faust

Contact information:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-188
Livermore, CA 94550
email: faust2@llnl.gov
phone: (925) 422-6003


  • Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, University of California-Davis, Present
  • B.S. in Chemistry & Forensic Science, California State University-East Bay, 2010


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis participating in a collaboration with LLNL, which is supported by a Lawrence Scholar Program fellowship. My research involves the synthesis and characterization of new materials for radiation detection. I primarily concentrate on the synthesis and incorporation of molecules containing thermal neutron capture reagents (such as 6Li and 10B) into plastic, crystalline, and liquid scintillators.

Recent publications:

  • Zaitseva, N.; Rupert, B. L.; PaweŁczak, I.; Glenn, A.; Martinez, H. P.; Carman, L.; Faust, M.; Cherepy, N.; Payne, S., Plastic scintillators with efficient neutron/gamma pulse shape discriminationNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 2012, 668 (0), 88-93.

  • Carrasco, M.; Faust, M.; Peloso, R.; Rodriguez, A.; Lopez-Serrano, J.; Alvarez, E.; Maya, C.; Power, P. P.; Carmona, E., Quadruply bonded dimolybdenum complexes with highly unusual geometries and vacant coordination sitesChem. Commun. (Cambridge, U. K.) 2012, 48 (33), 3954-3956.

  • Zaitseva, N.; Glenn, A.; Carman, L.; Hatarik, R.; Hamel, S.; Faust, M.; Schabes, B.; Cherepy, N.; Payne, S., Pulse shape discrimination in impure and mixed single-crystal organic scintillatorsIEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. 2011, 58 (6, Pt. 2), 3411-3420.

  • Zaitseva, N.; Carman, L.; Glenn, A.; Newby, J.; Faust, M.; Hamel, S.; Cherepy, N.; Payne, S., Application of solution techniques for rapid growth of organic crystalsJournal of Crystal Growth 2011, 314 (1), 163-170.

  • Zaitseva, N. P.; Newby, J.; Hamel, S.; Carman, L.; Faust, M.; Lordi, V.; Cherepy, N. J.; Stoeffl, W.; Payne, S. A., Neutron detection with single crystal organic scintillatorsProc. SPIE 2009, 7449 (Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XI), 744911/1-744911/10.