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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


Rui X., Kwon M.J., O’Loughlin E.J., Dunham-Cheatham S., Fein J.B., Bunker B.A., Kemner K.M., and Boyanov M. (2013, in press) Bioreduction of hydrogen uranyl phosphate: mechanisms and U(IV) products. Environ. Sci. Technol.

Ams D.A., Swanson J.S., Szymanowski J.E.S., Fein J.B., Richmann M., Reed D.T. (2013) The effect of high ionic strength on neptunium (V) adsorption to a halophilic bacterium. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 110:45-57.

Alessi D.S., Szymanowski J.E.S., Forbes T.Z., Quicksall A.N., Sigmon G.E., Burns P.C., and Fein J.B. (2013). Mineralogic controls on aqueous neptunium(V) concentrations in silicate systems. Journal of Nuclear Materials 433:233-239.

Dietrich L.A.S, Sahu M., Biswas P., and Fein J.B. (2012). Experimental study of TiO2 nanoparticle adhesion to silica and Fe(III) oxide-coated silica surfaces. Chemical Geology 332-333:148-156.

Kenney J.P.L., Song Z., Bunker B.A., and Fein J.B. (2012). An experimental study of Au removal from solution by non-metabolizing bacterial cells and their exudates. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 87:51-60.

Song Z., Kenney J.P.L., Fein J.B, and Bunker B.A. (2012). An X-ray adsorption fine structure study of Au adsorbed onto the non-metabolizing cells of two soil bacterial species. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 86:103-117.

Shvareva T.Y., Fein J.B., and Navrotsky, A. (2012). Thermodynamic properties of uranyl minerals: constraints from calorimetry and solubility measurements. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 51:607-613.

Shvareva T.Y., Mazeina L., Gorman-Lewis D., Burns P.C., Szymanowski J.E.S., Fein J.B., and Navrotsky A. (2011). Thermodynamic characterization of boltwoodite and uranophane: enthalpy of formation and aqueous solubility. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75:5269-5285.

Seders, L.A. and Fein J.B. (2011). Proton binding of bacterial exudates determined through potentiometric titrations.  Chemical Geology 285:115-123.

Kenney, J.P.L. and Fein J.B. (2011).  Importance of extracellular polysaccharides on proton and Cd binding to bacterial biomass: A comparative study. Chemical Geology 286:109-117.

Sheng L., Szymanowski J.E.S., and Fein J.B. (2011) The effects of uranium speciation on the rate of U(VI) reduction by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75:3558-3567. (PDF)

Kenney, J.P.L. and Fein J.B. (2011) Cell wall reactivity of acidophilic and alkaliphilic bacteria determined by potentiometric titrations and Cd adsorption experiments. Environ. Sci. Technol.  45:4446-4452.

Dunham-Cheatham, S., Rui X., Bunker B., Menguy N., Hellmann R., and Fein J.  (2011)The effects of non-metabolizing bacterial cells on the precipitation of U, Pb, and Ca phosphates.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75:2828-2847.

Alessi D.S., Walsh D.M., and Fein J.B. (2011) Uncertainties in determining microbial biomass C using the chloroform fumigation-extraction method. Chemical Geology 280:58-64.

Ginn B.R., Szymanowski J.E.S., and Fein J.B. (2010) Calibration of a linear free energy estimation approach for estimating stability constants for metal-bacterial surface complexes. Geomicrobiology Journal 27(4), 321-328.

Alessi D.S., Henderson J.M., and Fein J.B. (2010) Experimental measurement of monovalent cation adsorption onto Bacillus subtilis cells. Geomicrobiology Journal 27(5), 464-472.

Alessi D.S., and Fein J.B. (2010) Cadmium adsorption to mixtures of soil components: Testing the component additivity approach. Chemical Geology 270, 186-195.

Mishra B., Boyanov M., Bunker B.A., Kelly S.D., Kemner K.M., and Fein J.B. (2010) High- and low-affinity binding sites for Cd on the bacterial cell walls of Bacillus subtilis and Shewanella oneidensis.Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 4219-4233. 

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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.