Hochella Group
News Archive
  • Harish is chairing a session at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna (April 22-27). Prof. Kuesel, Carol's supervisor in Germany, will be giving a keynote talk in this session and Denise Akob will be presenting a poster (w/ Carol as a coauthor).
  • Carol finally jumped the major hurdle that is the Ph.D. preliminary exam on April 16.
  • Bojeong's paper in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring is featured on the cover, AND it is in the top ten of JEM articles viewed online in the month of March!
  • James presented a poster at the ICTAS fellows symposium at VT in April.
  • Chee-Sung Park is joining our group as an Affiliate Faculty member, hosted by Mike, for the coming year. He joins us from a very productive Ph.D. and postdoc in the Materials Science and Engineering department at VT. Welcome to the group, Chee-Sung!
  • Carol gave a talk at the Geosciences Student Research Symposium on March 2, and a poster and talk at the CEINT NSF site visit and internal meeting at Duke on March 19-21. Mike and Bojeong also gave talks at the CEINT site visit and meeting.
  • We would like to welcome our new postdoc, Manuel Caraballo, who completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences at the University of Huelva, Spain.
  • Carol gave a talk and spent 10 days in November at the Ernst-Ruska Center in Juelich, Germany. She greatly enjoyed playing with analyzing her natural samples on their nice TEMs.
  • Harish gave a talk at Goldschmidt 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. Mike presented a poster and Carol also attended.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca French who successfully defended her Ph.D. on August 12th, 2011. We wish her the best of luck with her future endeavors.
  • The Hochella group has recently gained a tiny new group member, born on April 29th, named Dujin. Congratulations Bojeong and Chee-Sung!
  • Congratulations to Rebecca French, who has accepted a 1-yr Congressional Fellowship from the American Geophysical Union starting Sept 1. She will have the chance to be a science advisor for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Full story.
  • We would like to welcome our newest group member, Prof. Honghai Wu from South China Normal University in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He will be visiting our group from April 25 through November.
  • Harish Veeramani will be traveling to EGU (European Geosciences Union) Conference in Vienna, Austria from April 3-6. He is co-chairing the Frontiers in Geobiology session.
  • Matthew Hull, a PhD candidate in Dr. Peter Vikesland's group who shares our lab in ICTAS, has accepted a position as the new Associate Program Director of VT SuN (Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology), previously held by Deborah. Congratulations, Matt! (4/1/2011)
  • Carol Johnson will be working on an interdisciplinary research project with Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel's Geomicrobiology group at the University of Jena, Germany from April 13 - December 13. This unique opportunity is supported by the EIGER (NSF IGERT) fellowship program. She is very excited to dive into a new project but will miss life in Blacksburg! (4/1/2011)
  • Deborah Aruguete is starting an exciting new job as Associate Program Director at the NSF Division of Earth Sciences in Washington, DC. The Hochella group begs her to come back and visit once in awhile, but will also enjoy the new free bed and breakfast option in Arlington. (2/3/2011)
  • Rebecca French presented a poster at AGU in San Francisco. (12/14/2010)
  • Steven Lower (PhD 2001) was presented with the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. Congratulations Steven on this very special award! (12/13/2010)
  • Bojeong Kim's article on silver sulfide nanoparticles in sewage sludge (ES&T 2010) has attracted much attention, highlighted in C&EN, Science, and various blogs around the scientific community. Links
  • Yadan Shi has just arrived from China to join the Hochella group for two years as a visiting PhD student. Welcome, Yadan!
  • Rebecca French has successfully completed her preliminary exam and is headed to Huelva, Spain to do some field work in the Iberian Pyrite Belt from Sept. 22 - Oct. 21.
  • Congratulations to Juan (Jenny) Liu (PhD 2009), who has been hired as a Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Lab! She has been working with Kevin Rosso (PhD 1998) at PNNL for the last year and a half.
  • Lisa Brombacher, a 2nd year Bachelor's student in Geosciences at the University of Mainz, Germany, will be doing a research internship with the group from July 23 - October 23. Welcome, Lisa!
  • James Dale, our newest Ph.D. student who is joining us this fall (2010) from Chris Kim's group at Chapman University, has won a four-year ICTAS Graduate Student Fellowship, one of only two granted this year to incoming Ph.D. candidates in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. This is an exceptional honor. Congratulations James!
  • Kelly Plathe (PhD 2010) will be starting her new post-doc position at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Environmental Microbiology Lab.
  • We would like to welcome our new post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Harish Veeramani! He is coming to us from EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, originally from India.
  • Mike, Bojeong, Deborah, Takuya, and Rebecca all presented at Goldschmidt 2010 in Knoxville, TN (June 14-18). Carol also attended.
  • Dr. Deborah Aruguete is the new Associate Project Director for the Virginia Tech Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. She will have a new office in the new ICTAS building. Congratulations, Deborah!
  • Kelly Plathe sucessfully defended her PhD on February 4th - Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Saumya Bose (2006) and his wife Divya on the birth of their daughter, Sana! Saumya also has a new job at Arcadis, US, Inc in Emeryville, CA.
  • Mike gave the William Smith Lecture, entitled "New Hidden Earth: Nanoparticles and their Global Role in the Environment, Pollution, and Human Health" at the William Smith Meeting 2009 hosted by the Geological Society at the Burlington House in London England (Sept 21-23, 2009).
  • Mike, Rebecca and Carol all presented work at the 1st annual International Conference on the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 8-9, 2009).
  • Kelly Plathe gave a talk at the 4th International Conference on Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials in Vienna, Austria (Sept. 6-9, 2009).
  • Kelly Plathe gave a talk at the 19th Annual Goldschmidt Conference in Davos, Switzerland (June 09).
  • Dr. Takuya Echigo from the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences in Ibaraki, Japan, joined us as a new post-doctoral scholar.
  • Juliane Hopf, a PhD student from the University of Bayreuth (Germany), will be joining us for 3 months.
  • Former PhD student Juan Liu (2009) has started a post-doc position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory working with former PhD student Kevin Rosso (1998) and Don Baer.
  • Former PhD student (2002) Erin O' Reilly has accepted a job as the Physical Scientist at the Mineral Management Services (MMS), Gulf of Mexico Region.
  • Former PhD student Nick Wigginton (2008) took a job as Associate Editor at Science Magazine.
  • Former PhD student Treavor Kendall (2003) has taken a professorship at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
  • Rebecca French and Bojeong Kim published a paper entitled “Influence of Ionic Strength, pH, and Cation Valence on Aggregation Kinetics of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles" in ES&T.
  • Carol Johnson nominated as an EIGER fellow.
  • Kelly Plathe attended the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials in Birmingham, England (9/14/08), then spent 3 months in Vienna, Austria and Goteborg, Sweden for her EIGER international internship.
  • Nick Wigginton took a post-doctoral position at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
  • Deric Learman moved to Boston to take a post-doctoral position at Harvard.
  • Rebecca receives travel grant for Goldschmidt 2008 in Vancouver, BC. (6/7/08)
  • Congrats to Deric for successfully defending his Ph.D! (5/29/08)
  • Congrats to Nick for successfully defending his Ph.D! (4/21/08)
  • Read the press releases on Mike's Science Review article "Nanominerals, mineral nanoparticles, and Earth systems" here and here. (3/20/08)
  • Mike is featured on the VT webpage's "Spotlight on Achievement" section link (3/3/08)
  • Deborah travels to Birmingham, UK to attend an author's meeting for the book "Environmental and Human Health Consequences of Manufactured Nanoparticles" to present her chapter. (2/5/08)
  • Mike to speak at this fall's graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, December 14. link
  • Read the recent press release about Mike's new cover article on "Aquatic Environmental Nanoparticles" in Journal of Environmental Monitoring (see right). (12/2/07)
  • Mike is elected as a AAAS fellow. VT News; Collegiate Times (11/5/07)
  • Deric to speak at the GLC Speaker Series on November 2nd at 4:00. The title of his talk is "The Bacteria Whisperer: Understanding Cell-to-Cell Communication in the Environment." Check it out! (10/16/07)
  • The group is pleased to welcome Bojeong Kim (Ph.D. 2006, Cornell) to the group as a new Post-Doc. (9/26/07)
  • Deric headed down to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study bacterial quorum sensing in September. (9/24/07)
  • The group welcomes new Ph.D. student Rebecca French (M.S. 2007, Cornell). (8/25/07)
  • Mike has just been honored with the rank of University Distinguished Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors! link (6/7/07)
  • Recent Ph.D. alumnus Andrew Madden has accepted an assistant professor position from the School of Geology and Geophysics at Oklahoma University. (5/10/07)
  • Alison Smith has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Science and was also selected as Virginia Tech Undergraduate Woman of the Year. Congratulations Alison!! (3/27/07)
  • Mike has been awarded the Geochemical Society's Distinguished Service Award. He will be presented with the award at the 2007 Goldschmidt Conference in Cologne, Germany this August. (3/13/07)
  • Prof. Lee Penn (University of Minnesota) met with our group and gave a special ICTAS seminar in March. The title of her talk was "Chemical, Physical, and Structural Properties of Oxide Nanoparticles." (3/12/07)
  • Mike and former student Steven Lower are featured in an Science/AAAS career development article "Making the Leap to Independence." (3/2/07)
  • Nick Wigginton was selected to participate in the 4th Annual Interfacial and Condensed Phase Chemical Physics Summer Research Institute hosted by PNNL this summer. (2/8/07)
  • Mike was recently interviewed by microbeworld.org (download the mp3 here). In the short program featured on NPR, he discusses bioreduction of hematite nanoparticles. (1/1/07)
  • Mike elected fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU) link
  • Saumya Bose successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Congrats Saumya!
  • Biofuel cells without the biofuels: A highlight on an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society that used some of Saumya's synthetic hematite nanoparticles.
  • Mike travels to PNNL on Nov 29-30 for the Biogeochemistry Grand Challenge close-out meeting.
  • Dr. Deborah Aruguete (Ph.D. 2006, UC, Berkeley) joins the group in October as a post-doctoral researcher.
  • Read the press release about Saumya's ACS talk in San Francisco.
  • Nick nominated to attend 56th annual meeting of Nobel laureates and students in Lindau, Germany, July 2006 link
  • Kelly nominated as EIGER fellow in Spring 2006
  • Mike awarded Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist Award VT News link Collegiate Times
  • The EIGER project at VT is funded with Mike as Principal Investigator link
  • Elements magazine releases its first issue. Mike is one of three principal scientific editors and fellow VT professor Bob Bodnar served as Guest Editor for the inaugural issue VT news link
  • Mike awarded Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence link
  • Andy awarded Geosciences Outstanding Service Recognition Award
  • Saumya awarded MSA Mineralogy and Petrology research grant
  • Deric receives Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship
  • Press release covering Tracy Bank's work relating to bacterial transport in groundwater link
  • Highlight on Andy Madden's research link
  • GSA press release for Mike's talk on metal transport in Montana's Clark Fork River Superfund complex link
  • Mike speaks at GSA symposium honoring Prof. Paul Ribbe, former series editor for Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry and emeritus professor at Virginia Tech VT News
  • The group receives DOE's Most Outstanding Research at a Univeristy Award link
  • Treavor Kendall awarded Geosciences Outstanding Service Recognition Award
  • Andy awarded MSA Mineralogy and Petrology research grant
  • Research highlight about Erin O'Reilly's work link
  • Mike receives Dana Medal from Mineralogical Society of America
  • News Release about Treavor Kendall's research link
  • Mike awarded Alexander Von Humboldt award link
  • Andy awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Highlights on Steven Lower's Shewanella/AFM research VT link, DOE BES, Science Magazine
  • Barry Bickmore awarded Outstanding Dissertation, Virginia Tech