Michelle M. Scherer

Michelle Scherer
(319) 335-5654
4105 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
Joined the College of Engineering: 
Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, 1998
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1994
B.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, 1989
Special Fields of Knowledge: 
Fe redox cycling and biogeochemistry, nanoscience in geochemistry, environmental chemistry, ground water remediation, Mössbauer spectroscopy and electrochemistry.
Present Research Interests: 
Fe redox cycling and biogeochemistry; nanoscience in geochemistry: reactions of environmental contaminants, such as TCE and Uranium with Fe minerals formed from chemical and biological pathways; behavior of nanoparticle iron minerals in air, water, and soil
Selected Publications: 
  • Gorski, C. A.; Nurmi, J. T.; Tratnyek, P. G.; Hofstetter, T. B.; Scherer, M. M. Redox behavior of magnetite: Implications for contaminant reduction. Environ. Sci. Technol. 201044, (1), 55-60, DOI: 10.1021/es9016848.

  • Rosso, K. M.; Yanina, S. V.; Gorski, C. A.; Larese-Casanova, P.; Scherer, M. M. Connecting observations of hematite (a-Fe2O3) growth catalyzed by Fe(II). Environ. Sci. Technol. 201044, (1), 61-67, DOI: 10.1021/es901882a.

  • Gorski, C. A. and Scherer, M. M. Determination of nanoparticulate magnetite stoichiometry by Mössbauer spectroscopy, acidic dissolution, and powder X-ray diffraction: A critical review. Am. Mineral201095, (7), 1017-1026, DOI: 10.2138/am.2010.3435.

  • Beard, B. L.; Handler, R.; Scherer, M .M.; Wu, L.; Czaja, A. D.; Heimann, A; Johnson, C. M. Iron isotope fractionation between aqueous ferrous iron and goethite. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett2010295, (1-2), 241-250, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.006.

  • Rubasinghege, G.; Lentz, R.W.; Scherer, M. M.; Grassian, V.H. Simulated atmospheric processing of iron oxyhydroxide minerals at low pH: Roles of particle size and acid anion in iron dissolution. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2010107, (15), 6628-6633, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0910809107.

Active Scientific and Professional Society Memberships: 
American Chemical Society; Geochemical Society of America; Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Associate Editor, Aquatic Sciences; Editorial Review Board, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation and Geochemical Transactions.