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Jeremy Fein

Jeremy B. Fein


Phone: 574-631-6101

Office: 167 Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, Geochemistry, Northwestern University, 1989

M.S., Geochemistry, Northwestern University, 1986

B.A., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 1983


Postdoctoral Research Experience: U.S. Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Edinburgh


Showalter, A.R., Duster, T.A., Szymanowski J.E.S., Na, C., Fein, J.B., and Bunker, B.A. (2017, submitted) An X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy study of metal sorption to graphene oxide. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.

Yu, Q., and Fein, J.B. (2017, in press) Controls on bacterial cell envelope sulfhydryl site concentrations: The effect of glucose concentration during growth. Environmental Science and Technology.

Duster T., Szymanowski J., and Fein J.B. (2017, in press) Experimental measurements and surface complexation modeling of U(VI) adsorption onto multi-layered graphene oxide: The importance of adsorbate-adsorbent ratios. Environmental Science and Technology.

Vázquez-Ortega A., and Fein J.B. (2017) Thermodynamic modeling of Mn(II) adsorption onto manganese oxidizing bacteria. Chemical Geology, 464, 147-154.

Neal H.A., Szymanowski J., Fein J.B., Burns P.C., and Nyman M. (2017, in press) Benchmarking uranyl peroxide capsule chemistry in organic media. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.

Fein J.B. (2017) Advanced biotic ligand models: Using surface complexation modeling to quantify metal bioavailability to bacteria in geologic systems. Chemical Geology, 464, 127-136.

Sharifironizi, M., Szymanowski, J.E.S., Sigmon, G.E., Navrotsky, A., Fein, J.B. & Burns, P.C. (2016): Thermodynamic studies of zippeite, a uranyl sulfate common in mine wastes. Chemical Geology 447, 54-58.

Yu, Q., and Fein, J.B. (2017, in press) Enzymatic reduction of U60 nanoclusters by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Radiochimica Acta.

Nell, R.M., and Fein, J.B. (2017) Influence of sulfhydryl sites on metal binding by bacteria. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 199, 210-221.

Huang, Q., Wu, H., Cai, P., Fein, J.B., and Chen, W.L. (2015) Atomic force microscopy measurements of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation onto clay-sized particles. Scientific Reports 5, #16857.

Nell, R.M., Szymanowski J.E.S., and Fein, J.B. (2016) Metal adsorption onto Leptothrix cholodnii SP- 6SL Bacterial cells. Chemical Geology 439, 132-138.

Flynn, S.L., Szymanowski, J.E.S., Dembowski, M., Burns, P.C., and Fein, J.B. (2016) Experimental Measurements of U24Py Nanocluster Behavior in Aqueous Solution. Radiochimica Acta 104, 853-864.

Gu, D., and Fein, J.B. (2015) Adsorption of metals onto graphene oxide: Surface complexation modeling and linear free energy relationships. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 481, 319-327.

Nell, R.M., Szymanowski J.E.S., and Fein, J.B. (2016) The effects of bacterial surface adsorption and exudates on HgO precipitation. Geomicrobiology Journal 33, 367-376. DOI: 10.1080/01490451.2015.1043411

Yu, Q., and Fein, J.B. (2016) Sulfhydryl binding sites within bacterial extracellular polymeric substances. Environmental Science and Technology 50, 5498-5505.

Yu, Q., and Fein, J.B. (2015) The effect of metal loading on Cd adsorption onto Shewanella oneidensis bacterial cell envelopes: The role of sulfhydryl sites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 167, 1-10.

Mishra, B., Shoenfelt, E., Yu, Q., Yee, N., Fein, J.B., and Myneni, S. (2017, in press) Stoichiometry of mercury-thiol complexes on bacterial cell envelopes. Chemical Geology.

Flynn, S.L., Szymanowski, J.E.S., Gao, Y., Liu, T., Burns, P.C., and Fein, J.B. (2015) Experimental measurements of U60 nanocluster stability in aqueous solution. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 156, 94-105.

Duster, T.A., Szymanowski J.E.S., Na, C., Showalter A.R., Bunker B.A., and Fein J.B. (2014) Surface complexation modeling of proton and metal sorption onto graphene oxide. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 466, 28-39.

Duster, T.A., and Fein, J.B. (2014) Comparison of the aggregation behavior of TiO₂ nanoparticles exposed to fulvic acid and Bacillus subtilis exudates. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 225, 2189-2198.

Duster, T.A., Na, C., Bolster, D., and Fein J.B. (2017, in press) Transport of single-layered graphene oxide nanosheets through quartz and iron oxide coated sand columns. Journal of Environmental Engineering.

Flynn, S.L., Szymanowski, J.E.S., and Fein, J.B. (2014) Modeling bacterial metal toxicity using complexation approach. Chemical Geology, 374, 110-116.

Dunham-Cheatham S., Farrell, B., Mishra B., Myneni S., and Fein J.B. (2014) The effect of chloride on the adsorption of Hg onto three bacterial species. Chemical Geology, 373, 106-114.

Dunham-Cheatham S., Mishra B., Myneni S., and Fein J.B. (2014) The effect of natural organic matter on the adsorption of mercury to bacterial cells. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 150, 1-10.

114. Yu, Q., Szymanowski, J., Myneni S.C.B., and Fein, J.B. (2014) Characterization of sulfhydryl sites within bacterial cell envelopes using selective site-blocking and potentiometric titrations. Chemical Geology 373, 50-58.

Fein, J.B., and Powell, B. (2013) Uranium Adsorption: Speciation at Mineral: Water and Bacterial Cell:Water Interfaces. Chapter in: Uranium: Cradle to Grave. GAC-MAC Volume (ed. P. Burns).

Sheng L., and Fein, J.B. (2014) Uranium reduction by Shewanella oneidensis  MR-1 as a function of NaHCO3 concentration: Surface complexation control of reduction kinetics. Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 3768-3775.

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Summary of Activities/Interests

In general, Dr. Fein's research group is conducting two types of research projects:

Geomicrobiology: Determining the effects of bacteria on the fate and mobility of heavy metal and radionuclide contaminants in groundwater systems. We focus on the adsorption, redox, and precipitation reactions that occur in these systems and we take an experimental approach in order to isolate and model these reactions. The objective of the research is to derive thermodynamic and kinetic models that can account for reactions involving these metals under realistic geologic systems.

Solubility of Actinide-bearing mineral phases: Spent nuclear fuel and high level nuclear waste contain a number of actinide elements that are both toxic and high radioactive. The solubility of actinide-bearing mineral phases can control the mobility of the actinides that are (or will be) introduced into geologic systems. We are using solubility measurements, coupled with calorimetry, to determine the thermodynamic stabilities of environmentally relevant mineral phases. The objective is to construct a database that is extensive enough to accurately improve the predictive models for subsurface actinide transport.