Mri: Acquisition Of A Powder X-Ray Diffractometer For Research And Teaching In Earth And Environmental Sciences At Rutgers University In Newark

Project Details

Description

1337450 Elzinga This Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant supports acquisition of a powder x-ray diffractometer (XRD) to support research and research education at Rutgers University Newark. The XRD will support the research programs of six groups in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (DEES) at Rutgers-Newark (RN) and the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Research will entail characterization of fine grained mineral phases in soils, sediments, and aerosols for studies of: 1) autochthonous biomineralization processes in soils and mineral transformations that regulate the release and speciation of heavy metals (e.g., Arsenic, Uranium); 2) mineralogical controls of eolian Fe transport to the world's oceans and its effect on primary productivity; 3) controlled experiments of the electromagnetic signatures of mixed mineral materials; 4) mineralogical process influence on methanogenesis in high latitude peat soils; and 5) studies of soil mineral influence on forest ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling. Students will be trained in methods of XRD-based phase identification and crystallographic structure refinement and will use the XRD for regional studies of urban impacted ecosystems and soils. Rutgers-Newark has been consistently ranked over the last fifteen years as the most ethnically diverse academic institution in the U.S. ***
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/138/31/16

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

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