Nancy Birkner

Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA

What led you to Earth and Space science?

Curiosity in surface chemistry processes on mineral surfaces (Mn oxides)

How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

5 y.

What are you working on now?

Focusing on the fundamental science of thermodynamic and mechanistic factors controlling nanophase Mn oxide mineral phase persistence or transformation. Some interesting factors include nanoscale effects as we travel from the bulk scale down into the nano-regime, which include surface area, surface energy differences between redox species that share redox phase equilibrium, and strongly associated surface water.