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Spring 2016 National Meeting Sessions

Spring 2016 National Meeting Sessions

Spring 2016 GEOC Sessions

251st ACS National Meeting 
San Diego, CA: March 13-17, 2016

Environmental Interfaces

 Co-sponsored by Environmental Chemistry and Colloid and Surface Chemistry

Interfacial chemistry controls the fate and transport of chemicals in surface water, soil, and atmosphere. This symposium will highlight recent experimental and modeling results on molecular scale processes at mineral-water interfaces, including interface structure and reactivity, nano-confinements effects on interfacial chemistry, ion adsorption-desorption rate and mechanisms, chemical and biological controls on mineral nucleation, growth and dissolution, interfacial redox reactions, and the effects of organic matter on surface reactivity. Presentations will be focused on molecular level fundamental studies on the surface and interfacial chemistry, as well as advances in experimental design and technical development for interrogating mineral-water interfaces.


Confirmed Invited speakers: John Bargar, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource; Wonyong Choi, Pohang University of Science and Technology; Owen Duckworth, North Carolina State University; Paul Fenter, Argonne National Laboratory; Vicki Grassian, University of Iowa; Michael Hochella, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Sebastien Kerisit, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; James Kubicki, University of Texas-El Paso; Anke Neumann, Newcastle University; Kevin Rosso, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Andrew G. Stack, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Symposium Organizers:

Young-Shin Jun, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis,


Franz M. Geiger, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University,


Anastasia Ilgen, Geochemistry Department,  Sandia National Laboratories,


Anne Chaka, Geochemistry, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,



Analytical and Computational Isotope Geochemistry

 Co-sponsored by Environmental Chemistry

This symposium seeks to bring together scientists interested in isotopic analytical methodology, application of isotopes to geochemical problems, and computational studies of isotopic equilibria and kinetic fractionations. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to:

Clumped isotope studies

Position-specific isotope studies

Geochemical and biogeochemical applications of isotope analysis

Modeling of isotopic fractionation

Confirmed Invited Keynote Speakers include: Jon Eiler, Caltech; Edwin Schauble, UCLA



Figure courtesy of Eiler et al. (2014) Chemical Geology 372 (2014) 119–143


Symposium Organizers:

Alex Sessions                                                                          James Kubicki

California Institute of Technology                                         University of Texas-El Paso                                                      

Geochemical reactivity of nanoparticles, aggregates, coatings and organo-nanoparticulate flocculates

It is now well established that both natural and synthetic nanoparticles can exhibit chemical reactivities that deviate from those of bulk minerals. However, nanoparticles in natural settings are seldom found as isolated particles, and are instead observed to aggregate either with similar or diverse minerals, to form coatings on mineral surfaces, or to form organo-mineral flocculates. The nanoscale structure, hydration, and redox properties of these complex assemblages can influence their transport, biological interactions, and persistence in the environment. This symposium invites submissions that explore the environmental stability and geochemical reactivity of single-phase nanomaterials and their aggregates, and the characterization of more complex assemblages that arise from the formation or introduction of nanomaterials in the natural environment.

Symposium Organizers:

Benjamin Gilbert

Earth Sciences Division

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley, CA   

Christopher S. Kim

Schmid College of Science and Technology

Chapman University

Orange, CA

Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia III

Co-sponsored by Environmental Chemistry

In 1996 ACS Spring meeting, there was a symposium on “Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia”, which led to an outstanding peer-reviewed volume “Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia: Variables, Mechanisms, and Model Applications”. In 2006, researchers from five continents gathered again in the follow-up symposium “Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia II”, during the ACS Spring meeting in Atlanta (Georgia, USA). During the past ten years, there are tremendous development in our understanding about mineral-water interfacial reactions. We propose to call this 20-year anniversary symposium to highlight the major advances in this vital area, from nano-scale spectroscopic studies to the novel interfacial reactions.


The topics that would be covered in this session are, but are not limited to:


  • Spectroscopic studies on the geomedia-metal interactions
  • Reactions between colloidal material and metals
  • Novel mineral-water interfacial reactions
  • New method for modeling metal-geomedia association
  • Fate of organic matter-metal complexes

Confirmed Invited speakers: Ian Bourg, Princeton University; Gordon Brown, Stanford University; Daniel Giammar, Washington University in St. Louis; Annie Kersting, Lawrence Livermore National Lab; Satish Myneni, Princeton University; Michelle Scherer, University of Iowa; Donald Sparks, University of Delaware; Garrison Sposito, UC Berkeley; Neil Sturchio, University of Delaware; Dimitri Sverjensky, John Hopkins University; John Zachara, Pacific Northwest National Lab.

Symposium Organizers:

Yu (Frank) Yang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV Phone: 775-682-6609775-682-6609, email:

Jeremy Fein, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, South  Bend, IN, Phone: 574-631-6101574-631-6101, email:

Applied Geochemical Modeling

Geochemical modeling is a technique that enables understanding of geochemical phenomena based on fundamental principles of geochemistry coupled to physical observations and measurements. It can be used to predict the behavior of materials, fluids and solutions, as well as to explain observed phenomena. Geochemical modeling has traditionally been applied to systems in equilibrium, but new software and database developments have made kinetic modeling increasingly common. Consequently, geochemical modelling has become a powerful tool in a number of research fields where geochemistry governs a natural process (e.g. weathering, leaching, sorption…) or is applied to produce a desired result (e.g. metals extraction or purification, mineral carbonation, geopolymerization…). This symposium will highlight applications of geochemical modelling in diverse fields, such as Carbon Capture and Storage/Utilization, (Bio)Hydrometallurgy, Waste Storage and Remediation, Chemistry of Building Materials, Fouling and Scaling, Fate and Transport of Pollutants, etc. Presenters may discuss their use of commercial software packages (e.g. PHREEQC, MINTEQ, GWB, MINEQL+, EQ3/6, WHAM, etc.) or present their own geochemical models built from first principles.

Confirmed Invited Speakers: Anna Harrison, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University; Jean-François Gaillard, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University; Athanasios Karamalidis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University; Matthew G. Siebecker, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware; Walter Schenkeveld, Department of Environmental Geosciences at the University of Vienna; and Rute Domingos, Aquatic Geochemistry Department at the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris


Symposium Organizers:

Prof. Emily (Yi Wai) Chiang, Ph.D., P.Eng.

University of Guelph, School of Engineering

Phone: +1-519-824-4120+1-519-824-4120, x58217


Prof. Rafael M. Santos, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Sheridan Institute of Technology, School of Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences,

Phone: +1-905-459-7533+1-905-459-7533, x5723


Frontiers in Microscopic Techniques and Applications to Geochemical Reactions

As ever-improving microscopic techniques become available, geochemists are reaching ever-increasing spatial resolution when studying geochemical systems, which has led to unprecedented insights into the molecular-level mechanisms of geochemical reactions. For example, scanning probe microscopy can achieve atomic resolution of the structure of surface hydration layers and in situ and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy experiments have revealed a wealth of non-classical mineral growth mechanisms. This symposium will serve as a forum to bring together geochemists who develop, use, or have interest in microscopic techniques and expert microscopists who are contributing to technical advances in related fields (surface science, materials science, etc) that could benefit the geochemical community.


We invite contributions from studies that highlight recent advances in probing geochemical reactions using advanced microscopic techniques. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, nucleation and growth (classical and non-classical mechanisms, heterogeneous and homogeneous pathways), atomically-resolved characterization of mineral surfaces, biomineralization and interactions between bio- and geo-systems, and mineral transformations.

Confirmed Invited Speakers: Jim De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Mitra Taheri, Drexel University; Young-Shin Jun, Washington University in St. Louis; Daniel Wastl,Universität für Bodenkultur Wien; Lee Penn, University of Minnesota; Sirine Fakra, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Enrico Gnecco, Complutense University of Madrid


Symposium Organizers:

Shawn L. Riechers

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sebastien N. Kerisit

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jennifer Soltis

Department of Chemistry

University of Minnesota



Closing the human phosphorus cycle: Biogeochemistry, sustainable phosphorus recovery, speciation, detection and reuse

Description: Phosphorus is a critical natural resource required for food production and other industrial applications. Our ability to extract, refine and efficiently deliver phosphorus (and nitrogen) to crops has allowed us to sustain the world’s increasing population. Phosphorus, as opposed to nitrogen, is not abundant in air, and apatite sedimentary deposits are the only readily available non-renewable primary source.  Some estimates suggest that current known reserves of phosphorus will be depleted by the end of this century which could present significant challenges to global food production.  As society looks to increase use and reuse of alternative phosphorus sources, it is increasingly apparent that the understanding of phosphorus biogeochemistry is limited.  Moreover, phosphorus speciation has a significant impact on its availability as a fertilizer; but analytical techniques for rapid speciation are also inadequate.  Finally, concerns regarding diffuse losses of phosphorus resulting from fertilizer applications has major impacts on eutrophication in natural waters globally.

This symposium seeks to bring together scientists with interests in the biogeochemistry, recovery, analysis, and reuse of phosphorus. 


We are seeking papers on a range of topics including but not limited to: phosphate sensor technology, bioavailability and molecular recognition, sequestration and controlled release of phosphate, phosphorus recovery, recycling and reuse processes, phosphate metabolism in algae, microorganisms and plants, phosphorus speciation in soils, and methods to reduce diffuse phosphorus losses from fertilizer applications. 

Symposium Organizers:

Lynn Katz

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

University of Texas-Austin

Kathleen Ruttenberg

Department of Oceanography

University of Hawaii


Environmental Consequences of Resource Development

The Earth’s surface has been extensively altered by the development of natural resources, leading to widespread and enduring perturbation of biogeochemical cycles. This session will examine (bio)geochemical processes that are unique to resource development and explore the long-term environmental impacts of extracting mineral and energy resources.  A particular focus will be on using cutting-edge techniques and geochemical models to link micro- and meso-scale processes with field-scale observations. This timely session will highlight footprints of resource extraction and waste disposal associated with both legacy and modern operations, e.g., resources for green technologies, conventional and unconventional fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and agriculture.


We welcome studies that use laboratory experiments, field investigations, and/or reactive transport modeling of fundamental aspects of relevant (bio)geochemical processes.  This symposium will place a particular focus on multidisciplinary studies that scale up from fundamental processes that control contaminant transport to the effects on local and regional environmental health across space and time.


Confirmed Invited Speakers: Kate Campbell-Hay, US Geology Survey; Thomas Darrah, The Ohio State University; Michael Hochella, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Andrea Foster, US Geological Survey; and Sarah Hayes, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Carla Rosenfeld, University of Minnesota

Symposium Organizers:

David Singer

Department of Geology,

Kent State University

Elizabeth Herndon

Department of Geology

Kent State University


Geochemistry Division: General Session

 Symposium Organizers:


Young-Shin Jun, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University, email:


This is a general session for the Geochemistry Division. This session accepts both oral and poster contributions, including posters for the SCI-MIX session.

Aquatic Photochemistry (sponsored by ENVR; GEOC co-sponsor)

Aquatic photochemical transformations are important in geochemistry and environmental chemistry in diverse contexts, such as natural systems where sunlight is acting on surface waters to engineered systems using UV irradiation. Light may act directly upon target compounds or indirectly through interactions with redox-active species including minerals, dissolved organic matter, and small molecule sensitizers. Understanding the roles of light in these complex systems will provide important insight into the fate of different chemical species in the environment. In this symposium, we invite submissions that explore the direct and indirect roles of light in the photochemical transformation of natural and anthropogenic compounds, as well as interactions of light with organic matter, biomolecules, and redox-active minerals.


The topics that would be covered in this session are, but are not limited to:

  • Photochemistry of dissolved organic matter
  • Photochemical transformation of pollutants
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • Photochemistry of biomolecules
  • Ice photochemistry
  • Photochemistry in aqueous aerosols
  • Field studies
  • Photochemistry and element cycling

Please submit your abstracts using the ACS Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS) at  General information about the conference can be found at  Any other inquiries should be directed to the symposium organizers:

Kristopher McNeill


Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics

ETH Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Vivian Lin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics

ETH Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Additional Information

Spring ACS Division Reception

The Geochemistry Division Reception will be held Tuesday March 15, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Gallery 1 and 2 of the Omni San Diego Hotel. Click on the following link for an event map: Geochemistry Event Map.pdf

Technical Sessions

Environmental Interfaces organized by Young-Shin Jun, Franz Geiger, Anne Chaka, and Anastasia Ilgen. (March 13, 1:30 PM-March 16, 5:30 PM, Grand Ballroom A, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Analytical and Computational Isotope Geochemistry organized by Alex Sessions and James Kubicki. (March 13, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Grand Ballroom D, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Geochemical Reactivity of Nanoparticles, Aggregates, Coatings and Organo-nanoparticulate Flocculates organized by Benjamin Gilbert and Christopher S. Kim. (March 13, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, Grand Ballroom B, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia III organized by Yu (Frank) Yang and Jeremy Fein. (March 14, 1:30 PM-March 17, 12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Applied Geochemical Modeling organized by Emily (Yi Wai) Chiang and Rafael M. Santos (March 17, 8 AM-5:30 PM, Grand Ballroom A, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Frontiers in Microscopic Techniques and Applications to Geochemical Reactions organized by Shawn L. Riechers, Sebastien N. Kerisit, and Jennifer Soltis. (March 13, 1:30 PM-March 14 12:30 PM, Grand Ballroom B, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Closing the Human Phosphorus Cycle: Biogeochemistry, sustainable phosphorus recovery, speciation, detection and reuse organized by Lynn Katz and Kathleen Ruttenberg. (March 13, 8 AM-noon, Grand Ballroom A, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Environmental Consequences of Resource Development organized by David Singer and Elizabeth Herndon (March 16, 8 AM-noon, Grand Ballroom D, Omni San Diego Hotel)
Geochemistry Division: General Session organized by Young-Shin Jun. (March 15, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, Gaslamp2, Omni San Diego Hotel)

Division Events

Posters and Geochemistry Reception!
Sci-Mix (March 14, 8-10 PM, Halls D/E - San Diego Convention Center)
Geochemistry Reception (March 15, 5:30-7:30 PM, Gallery 1 and 2, Omni San Diego Hotel).
Geochemistry Poster session (March 16, 8-10 PM, Hall D - San Diego Convention Center)

Spring ACS Workshop

Standard Methods, Materials, and Databases for Surface Complexation Measurements
Omni San Diego Hotel (Grand Ballroom D)
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Abstract:  When combined with chemical equilibrium modeling, the measurement of complexation reactions between material surfaces and target chemical species can result in the calculation of discrete reactive surface site concentrations and intrinsic thermodynamic equilibrium constants.  These parameters are of critical importance when modeling and/or predicting chemical processes associated with industrial separations, water treatment and remediation, and the reactive transport of contaminants in natural geochemical systems.  This workshop, sponsored in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will explore the need for standardized experimental/modeling methods and standard reference materials for surface complexation measurements, and their capacity to promote the development and availability of internally consistent datasets.  The workshop is free and all are welcome to attend.  Questions and comments can be directed to Tom Duster (
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