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David Singer

Assistant Professor

My research is in the field of environmental mineralogy and geochemistry, focusing on the fate and transport of metals and radionuclides in the environment.;  In particular, I am interested in the geochemical and biogeochemical processes that occur at mineral surfaces which can limit or promote contaminant transport in a range of surface environments. My research has ranged from applied characterization studies of uranium and copper speciation at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, to fundamental studies of the processes by which uranium and strontium are sequestered at mineral surfaces.; Recent work has aimed at determining the mechanisms by which heavy metals or radionuclides can interact with complex mineral interfaces, in particular focusing on the formation of uranium-bearing nanoparticles.; This work is done by applying laboratory-based analytical and microscopy tools and synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopic and scattering methods to investigate natural and model systems.

Current and future research interests include:

  • Electron transfer reactions between aqueous contaminants and mineral surfaces
  • Metal sorption and diffusion kinetics into mesoporous materials
  • Laboratory- and field-scale testing of metal remediation and stabilization techniques
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

 Singer D.M., Fox P.M., Gao H., Davis J.A. 2013. The Effects of Secondary Mineral Coatings on the Diffusion and Retention of As(III) and As(V) on Cape Cod Sediments.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013

Fox, P.M., Davis, J.A., Kukkadapu, R., Singer, D.M., Bargar, J., Williams, K.H., 2013. Abiotic U(VI) reduction by sorbed Fe(II) on natural sediments. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 117, 266-282.

Stoliker, D. L., Campbell, K. M., Fox, P. M., Singer, D. M., Kaviani, N., Carey, M., Peck, N. E., Bargar, J. R., Kent, D. B., Davis, J. A., 2013. Evaluating Chemical Extraction Techniques for the Determination of Uranium Oxidation State in Reduced Aquifer Sediments. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, (16), 9225-9232.

Singer, D.M., Chatman, S.M., Ilton, E.S., Rosso, K.M., Banfield, J.F., Waychunas, G.A., 2012. Identification of Simultaneous U(VI) Sorption Complexes and U(IV) Nanoprecipitates on the Magnetite (111) Surface. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 3811-3820.

Singer, D.M., Chatman, S.M., Ilton, E.S., Rosso, K.M., Banfield, J.F., Waychunas, G.A., 2012. U(VI) Sorption and Reduction Kinetics on the Magnetite (111) Surface. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 3821-3830.

Singer, D.M., Farges, F., Brown Jr, G.E., 2009. Biogenic nanoparticulate UO2: Synthesis, characterization, and factors affecting surface reactivity. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 73, 3593-3611.

Singer, D.M., Maher, K., Brown Jr, G.E., 2009. Uranyl-chlorite sorption/desorption: Evaluation of different U(VI) sequestration processes. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 73, 5989-6007.

Singer, D.M., Zachara, J.M., Brown Jr, G.E., 2009. Uranium speciation as a function of depth in contaminated Hanford sediments - A micro-XRF, micro-XRD, and micro- and bulk-XAFS Study. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 630-636.

Kelsey, K.E., Stebbins, J.F., Singer, D.M., Brown Jr, G.E., Mosenfelder, J.L., Asimow, P.D., 2009. Cation field strength effects on high pressure aluminosilicate glass structure: Multinuclear NMR and La XAFS results. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 73, 3914-3933.

Singer, D.M., Johnson, S.B., Catalano, J.G., Farges, F., Brown, Jr.,  G.E., 2008. Sequestration of Sr(II) by calcium oxalate--A batch uptake study and EXAFS analysis of model compounds and reaction products. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 72, 5055-5069.

Research Areas
  • Environmental Mineralogy
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Medical Geology
David Singer
Department of Geology
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability

Spring 2015 office hours:
McGilvrey Hall 211

Tuesday and  Thursday
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
or by appointment

Phone: 330-672-3006