F. Hochella, Jr.
4044 Derring Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 USA
Office: 5049 Derring Hall
Office Phone: 540.231.6227
Michael Hochella is University Distinguished Professor at Virginia
Tech, concentrating in the area of nanogeoscience. He received his B.S.
and M.S. from Virginia Tech in 1975 and 1977, respectively, and his
Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1981. He has been a professor at
Stanford and Virginia Tech for a total of 23 years. He has been a
Fullbright Scholar, a Humboldt Award winner, and Virginia Scientist of
the Year. He is a Fellow of six international scientific societies
including AGU and AAAS, a Dana Medal winner (Mineralogical Society of
America), and a former President of the Geochemical Society and the
Mineralogical Society of America. He has also won the Brindley Lecture
Award (Clay Minerals Society) and the Distinguished Service Medal of
the Geochemical Society. He has served on high level advisory boards at
the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. He has
raised nearly 20 million dollars in funding for his research group.
Fourteen of his former advisees are now professors at leading
institutions around the world, while others hold prominent positions in
publishing, national labs, and industry.
- Elucidating the role
that nanoscience and mineral surface geochemistry/ biogeochemistry
plays in major aspects of the earth sciences, including especially
environmental issues and biogeochemical cycling of the elements.
- Mineral - microbe interactions from both geochemical and biochemical
perspectives, applications to nutrients and toxins in the environment
and their mobility.
- Characterizing aqueous partitioning reactions at oxide and silicate
surfaces; understanding interactions between mineral surfaces and
species in solution with applications to aqueous system transport.
Teaching interests are wide ranging, from Earth systems science
and sustainability (geo- and bio-aspects), to introductory, mineralogical,
environmental, and resource geology, to advanced graduate level
courses in his field of specialty, including nanoscience and technology,
mineral surface geochemistry, mineral-microbe interaction, mineralogy,
crystallography, bulk and surface atomic structure analysis, and
the theory, design, and use of X-ray, electron, ion, and laser-beam
spectroscopic, diffraction, and analytic instrumentation.