Associate Professor of Geology & Director of the Advanced Materials Institute
The primary goal my research is to quantify the mobility and behavior of molecular species in, on, and around natural and engineered crystalline materials as they pertain to the problems and issues in society. Molecular-scale processes are the basis for the macroscopic properties, and understanding the controls of those processes will lead to new discoveries of molecular interactions and the development of novel materials. In order to determine how materials behave in extreme environmental and geological conditions, much of my work is carried out in situ and analyses are performed in real time. At Western Kentucky University, the Crystal Kinetics Laboratory and the Advanced Materials Institute provide undergraduate and graduate students with state-of-the-art analytical and computational facilities. In addition to WKU resources, the group travels to national and international laboratories to perform experiments at the brightest neutron and X-ray sources in the world.
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