to the Hochella group website
We are a research
group directed by University Distinguished Professor Michael Hochella,
Jr within the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. Our work is
in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology applied to environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry,
and mineralogy. We are a core member of the national Center for the Environmental
Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT).
We study complex environmental systems including mineral-microbe interactions
and mineral surface science.
WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE, AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL NANOSCIENCE LAB AT VIRGINIA TECH. CLICK HERE!
The Hochella/Murayama/Michel group & "extended family," in October 2012.
News and Events:
- PhD students Carol, James and Sarah attended the ASU Winter School on Electron Microscopy in Phoenix AZ (January 7-12, 2013).
Harish gave a talk at the conference
of the American Geophysical Union in San Fransisco, CA (December 3-7, 2012).
Mike attended the Geological Society of
America conference in Charlotte, NC (November 4-7, 2012) and gave his final
Mineralogical Society of America Presidential Address. He now holds the
position of "Past-President" of MSA.
- Congratulations to Marc and his family on their new baby!
Carol presented at the Americal Chemical Society National Meeting
in Philadelphia (August 19-23, 2012) and participated in a panel
on research in Germany.
Rebecca French (PhD '11) has the first
paper from her dissertation published in American Mineralogist. Be sure
to check out the 3D Hi-Res TEM tomography.
- Welcome Dr. Marc Michel, who is the Geoscience Department's newest
nano-bio-geo-chemistry professor! He comes to us from Stanford where he
was a postdoc in Gordon Brown's group.
We would like to welcome a new PhD
student to our group, Sarah Ulrich, who comes to us from the University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the USGS in Reston.
(last updated January 14, 2013)
was one of the inaugural Principal Editors of
Elements ‚€“ a magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology.
Check out the new issue online for news and review articles relating
to all things geochemistry.
was the Principal
Investigator of The EIGER
Project (Exploring Interfaces through Graduate Education and
Research). EIGER is funded by NSF‚€™s Integrative Graduate Education
and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.
is a part of ICTAS, VT's
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. Construction
on the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory, which
houses the newly-upgraded FEI
Titan 300 TEM, was completed in 2007. Additionally, our lab
has expanded into the main ICTAS headquarters building as a part
of the 'Environmental
Nanoscience and Technology' Lab with faculty members from Environmental
In the summer
of 2007, Mike (and a few of his colleagues) appeared on the science radio
program Pulse of the Planet.
The program, featured on NPR stations across the country, airs as two-minute
clips of Earth-related research, news, and interviews. Mike is the focus
of several episodes as part of the 'Science Diaries' series. To listen
to the audio files and read a transcript of each episode, follow this
link. Individual links are also provided below. You can read Mike's
'Science Diary' Blog here
and a VT press release here.
you use iTunes, you can subscribe to the Pulse of the Planet Podcast by
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