October 1, 2014

Clifford E. Singer

Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

Global and regional uranium resources; the future of nuclear explosives holdings; the security implications of global and regional energy economics.


Clifford E. Singer is Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois, and is currently co-director of the College of Engineering Initiative on Energy and Sustainability Engineering.

Singer received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. He subsequently did research in plasma physics, advanced space propulsion, and the computational simulation of thermonuclear plasma performance at the University of London, Princeton University, and the University of Illinois. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institutes for Strömungsforschung and Plasmaphysik at Göttingen and Garching in Germany and is a member of American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society.

Singer has worked extensively on issues related to the cessation of production of nuclear materials for nuclear explosives programs, including related matters dealing with outer space and the future of nuclear explosives stockpiles. He is currently supervising research on global energy economics with emphasis on spent nuclear fuel management, sources of energy for transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to completing a recent sabbatical leave at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Center for Technology and Security Policy in Washington, DC, he was the Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS).

Selected Publications:

Articles or Book Chapters

Singer, C. and H. von Brevern, “Uranium Price vs. Cumulative Use,’’ Nuclear Technology 176 (2011) 227-237; available in extended form as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Report ACDIS SIN:1.2010 at http://www.acdis.uiuc.edu/Research/ResReports.shtml
Singer, Clifford, and William R. Roy, “Spent Fuel and Waste Disposal”. Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia (Steven B. Krivit and Jay H. Lehr, editors) c. 8 pages (John Wiley and Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2011).
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Books or Edited Collections

Singer, C.E. Energy and International War: From Babylon to Baghdad and Beyond (World Scientific Press, in press).
Rethinaraj, T. S. G., and C. E. Singer, Historical Energy Statistics (under contract to World Scientific Press).



Contact Information


111D Talbot Laboratory

Mailing Address

104 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801


(217) 333-1814


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