The mineral-water interface is where the action happens: be it crystal growth, adsorption reactions, mineral dissolution, redox reactions, or even the growth of crystallites from the melt. It is the conduit by which life communicates with the geology of an environment. Processes at the interface control fresh water quality, the development of soils and the distribution of plant nutrients, the development of certain ore deposits, the mobility of contaminants, biomineralization, and the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, just to name a few. My research focuses on the understanding of environmentally-relevant processes at the mineral-water interface. My approach is a combination of surface-sensitive techniques (e.g. microscopic and spectroscopic), electrochemical methods, and molecular simulations to describe surface-mediated processes.
I am currently interested in the following topics:
- Ph.D., Geology, University of Michigan, April 2010
- M.S., Chemistry, Bowling Green State University, 1998
Renock D. and Voorhis J. (2017) Electrochemical investigation of arsenic redox processes on pyrite. Environmental Science and Technology - In press
Ouyang B., Akob D., Akob D.A., Dunlap D., and Renock D. (2017) Microbially mediated barite dissolution in anoxic brines. Applied Geochemistry 76, 51-59, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.11.008
Richardson J.B., Renock D.J., Görres J.H., Jackson B.P., Webb S.M., and Friedland A.J. (2016) Nutrient and pollutant metals within earthworm residues are immobilized in soil during decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 101, 217-225, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.07.020
Niu D., Renock D., Whitehouse M., Leone J., Rowe H., Landis J., Hamren K., Symcox C.W., and Sharma M. (2016) A relict sulfate-methane transition zone in the mid-Devonian Marcellus Shale. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 182, 73-87, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2016.03.004