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Patricia Maurice

Patricia A. Maurice

Professor and Associate Chair

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Professor and Associate Chair
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-3469


Ph.D, Stanford University

M.S., Earth Science, Dartmouth College

B.S., Earth and Planetary Sciences, John Hopkins University


Recent Papers

Dehner, C.A., Barton, L.E., Maurice, P.A., and Dubois, J.L. 2011. Size−dependent bioavailability of hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanoparticles to a common aerobic bacterium. Environmental Science & Technology, in press.

Dehner, C.A., Awaya, J.D., Maurice, P.A., and DuBois, J.L. 2010. Use of sideropohores, oxalate, and reductants for iron mobilization from the mineral hematite by the obligate aerobe Pseudomonas mendocina. Environmental Science & Technology, 76, 2041-2048.

Maurice P.A. 2009.Environmental Surfaces and Interfaces from the Nanoscale to the Global Scale. A textbook. John Wiley & Sons. Hoboken, NJ, USA, 491 pp. (search at on title for "look inside&quote;).

Hochella, M.F., Jr., Lower, S.K., Maurice, P.A., Penn, R.L., Sahai, N., Sparks, D.L., and Twining, B.S. 2008 Nanominerals, mineral nanoparticles, and Earth chemistry. Science 319: 1631-1635.

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Summary of Activities/Interests

Studies of mineral−water interface geochemistry; organic and microbial interactions with mineral surfaces; geochemistry of humic substances; soil chemistry; chemical weathering; hydrology and biogeochemistry of freshwater wetlands; remediation of metal contamination; global climate change; geologic nanoparticles and their interactions with organic matter, microbes, and metals.