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Owen Duckworth

Nano Research Area

  • Nano-Characterization
  • Nano-Materials & Engineering

Research Summary

The soil biogeochemistry group studies the flow of chemicals through the environment as mediated by microbes and mineral surfaces. A major thrust of our work is elucidating the nanoscale drivers that control the fate and transport of nutrients and contaminants in the environment. We approach this topic by utilizing a combination of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular to nanoscale structure of minerals and mineral-water interfaces. This structural information is then used to interpret macroscale environmental phenomena, such as dissolution of minerals, and the sorption or transformation of contaminants at surfaces.

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