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Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Ben Williams has over 20 years of experience in geology and geo-chemistry. Ben spent his early years building a diverse work experience with well-drilling, GIS, single and 12-channel seismic, mining exploration, and environmental compliance, - all intermingled with 20 years in the construction industry. Since joining PNNL in 2007, his work has focused primarily on field drilling operations, characterization and investigation of Hanford sediment, tank waste, and both vitreous and cementitious waste forms. This work has including saturated hydraulic conductivity, batch and column studies, ASTM performance testing and Pressurized Unsaturated Flow (PUF) reactions. In addition Ben manages several lab spaces, serves on the Directorate Safety and Operations Council and serves as co-Chair of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) steering committee. Ben particularly enjoys the challenges of developing new experimental apparatus as experimental requirements evolve from one project to the next.

Research Interests

  • Subsurface soil and groundwater chemistry
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Vitreous and cementitious waste form production and performance testing
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Environmental Science, Washington State University, Tri-Cities, 2009
  • B.A., Geology-Chemistry, University of Maine, Farmingtion, 1990

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Geological Society of America
  • American Chemical Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Performance Award, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • CSM of the Year, 2013

PNNL Publications

2019

2018

2017

  • Lee B.D., J.E. Szecsody, N. Qafoku, E.M. McElroy, S.R. Baum, M. Snyder, and A.R. Lawter, et al. 2017. Contaminant Attenuation and Transport Characterization of 200-UP-1 Operable Unit Sediment Samples. PNNL-26894. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Contaminant Attenuation and Transport Characterization of 200-UP-1 Operable Unit Sediment Samples
  • Neeway J.J., R.M. Asmussen, B. Parruzot, E. Cordova, B.D. Williams, I.I. Leavy, and J.R. Stephenson, et al. 2017. FY2016 ILAW Glass Corrosion Testing with the Single-Pass Flow-Through Method. PNNL-26169; RPT-IGTP-013 Rev. 0.0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. FY2016 ILAW Glass Corrosion Testing with the Single-Pass Flow-Through Method
  • Riley B.J., J.O. Kroll, J.A. Peterson, D.A. Pierce, W.L. Ebert, B.D. Williams, and M. Snyder, et al. 2017. "Assessment of lead tellurite glass for immobilizing electrochemical salt wastes from used nuclear fuel reprocessing." Journal of Nuclear Materials 495. PNNL-SA-125402. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.08.037
  • Truex M.J., J.E. Szecsody, N. Qafoku, C.E. Strickland, J.J. Moran, B.D. Lee, and M. Snyder, et al. 2017. Contaminant Attenuation and Transport Characterization of 200-DV-1 Operable Unit Sediment Samples. PNNL-26208; RPT-DVZ-AFRI-037. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Contaminant Attenuation and Transport Characterization of 200-DV-1 Operable Unit Sediment Samples

2016

  • Neeway J.J., N. Qafoku, B.D. Williams, M. Snyder, C.F. Brown, and E.M. Pierce. 2016. "Evidence of Technetium and Iodine from a Sodalite-Bearing Ceramic Waste Form." Applied Geochemistry 66. PNNL-SA-101989. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.12.017
  • Serne R.J., D.C. Lanigan, J.H. Westsik, B.D. Williams, H.B. Jung, and G. Wang. 2016. Extended Leach Testing of Simulated LAW Cast Stone Monoliths. PNNL-24297 Rev 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Extended Leach Testing of Simulated LAW Cast Stone Monoliths
  • Williams B.D., J.J. Neeway, M. Snyder, M.E. Bowden, J.E. Amonette, B.W. Arey, and E.M. Pierce, et al. 2016. "Mineral Assemblage Transformation of a Metakaolin-based Waste Form After Geopolymer Encapsulation." Journal of Nuclear Materials 473. PNNL-SA-98733. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.12.023

2015

2014

  • Cantrell K.J., W. Um, B.D. Williams, M.E. Bowden, B.N. Gartman, W.W. Lukens, and E.C. Buck, et al. 2014. "Chemical Stabilization of Hanford Tank Residual Waste." Journal of Nuclear Materials 446, no. 1-3:246-256. PNNL-SA-97516. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2013.10.060
  • Neeway J.J., N. Qafoku, B.D. Williams, K.A. Rod, M.E. Bowden, C.F. Brown, and E.M. Pierce. 2014. "Performance of the Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming Product Under Hydraulically Unsaturated Conditions." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 131. PNNL-SA-96489. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2013.10.008
  • Riley B.J., M.J. Schweiger, D. Kim, W.W. Lukens, B.D. Williams, C. Iovin, and C.P. Rodriguez, et al. 2014. "Iodine Solubility in Low-Activity Waste Borosilicate Glass at 1000 °C." Journal of Nuclear Materials 452, no. 1-3:178-188. PNNL-SA-100866. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2014.04.027

2013

  • Cantrell K.J., and B.D. Williams. 2013. "Solubility Control of Technetium Release from Saltstone by Tc02·xH20." Journal of Nuclear Materials 437, no. 1-3:424-431. PNNL-SA-91565. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2013.02.049

2012

  • Neeway J.J., N. Qafoku, B.D. Williams, M.M. Valenta, E.A. Cordova, S.C. Strandquist, and D.C. Dage, et al. 2012. "Single Pass Flow-Through (SPFT) Test Results of Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming (FBSR) Waste Forms used for LAW Immobilization." In Waste Management Symposium (WM 2012): Improving the Future in Waste Management, February 26 - March 1, 2012, Phoenix, Arizona, Paper No. 12252. Tucson, Arizona:Waste Management Symposia, Inc. PNNL-SA-84289.
  • Wang G., R.J. Serne, M.J. Lindberg, W. Um, B.N. Bjornstad, B.D. Williams, and I.V. Kutynakov, et al. 2012. Uranium in Hanford Site 300 Area: Extraction Data on Borehole Sediments. PNNL-22032. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Uranium in Hanford Site 300 Area: Extraction Data on Borehole Sediments

2011

2009

  • Um W., Z. Wang, R.J. Serne, B.D. Williams, C.F. Brown, C.J. Dodge, and A.J. FRANCIS. 2009. "Uranium Phases in Contaminated Sediments Below Hanford's U Tank Farm." Environmental Science & Technology 43, no. 12:4280-4286. PNNL-SA-65800. doi:10.1021/es900203r

Subsurface Science & Technology