My goals as a mineralogist and geochemist are to probe the secrets of how Earth materials work, and to take that understanding to predict and design new functionality. I have focused on the molecular-scale characterization of Earth materials to understand their roles in a variety of environments. I seek to quantify surface reactivity, evolution over time, and the capacity of minerals to sequester ions, crystallize, and survive in a variety of extreme environments. In deciphering mechanisms at the atomic and molecular levels, I hope to understand, predict, and even manipulate mineral behaviors and properties at the macroscopic scale.
Mineralogy - Geochemistry - Dynamics @ Western Kentucky University
WKU AND CRYSTAL KINETICS
Justin Cave was just awarded a very competitive graduate research fellowship from the WKU Graduate School. Congratulations Justin!2 April, 2014
Michael Powers (2013 WKU alumnus of the CK group) has just been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations Michael!2 April, 2014
I will be teaching Mineralogy (GEOL 330) and Diffraction and Spectroscopy (GEOL 432)15 March, 2014
Advancing porous nanomaterials for basic energy science, environmental security, and materials genomics.1 November, 2013