If chemistry is the central science, then geochemistry is the central science as applied to understanding the natural world around us.
Geochemists seek to answer questions relating to the evolution of life on Earth and how metalloenzymes may have evolved, the chemistry of the oceans and how they are affected by global warming, the interplay between flora, fauna and the environment in chemical terms, how pollutants interact with soils and minerals, and how radioactive waste can be securely stored for millennia. We do this by connecting the very big — mountains — with the very small — atoms and molecules, and the very fast — fundamental reactions — with the often very slow — weathering
If you share our passion for understanding and explaining how the world works — join us! To find out about opportunities in our laboratory, contact one of the group leaders: Erik Björn, Jean-François Boily, Michael Holmboe, C. André Ohlin, Andrey Shchukarev, and Staffan Sjöberg.
A multi-institution collaboration involving University of Wyoming, Argonne National Laboratory, Canadian Light Source, Stony Brook University and Huazhong Agricultural University.
“Phosphate Sorption Speciation and Precipitation Mechanisms on
Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxide” will soon be coming out in the Open Access Journal Soil Systems
Authors: Xiaoming Wang, Brian L. Phillips, Jean-François Boily, Yongfeng Hu, Zhen Hu, Peng Yang, Xionghan Feng, Wenqian Xu, Mengqiang Zhu *
A paper (link here) by Wei Cheng & Khalil Hanna (École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, Rennes, France) and J.-F. Boily. We show that low loadings of organic matter on minerals make surfaces more hydrophobic while high loading make surfaces more
hydrophilic. This work is one of the several to be published from Wei’s 6-month visit in Umeå in March-September 2018.
“Direct Single- and Double-Side Triol-Functionalization of the Mixed Type Anderson Polyoxotungstate [Cr(OH)3W6O21]6–”
in Inorganic Chemistry, 2019, 58(1), 106-113. Link
Nadiia I. Gumerova, Tania Caldera Fraile, Alexander Roller, Gerald Giester, Magda Pascual-Borràs, C. André Ohlin, and Annette Rompel
Abstract: Since the first successful triol-functionalization of the Anderson polyoxometalates, the protons of the central octahedron X(OH)6 (X—heteroatom) have been considered as a prerequisite for their functionalization and therefore the functionalization of Anderson structures from the unprotonated sides have never been reported. Herein, for the first time, we organically functionalized the mixed-type Anderson polyoxometalate with real-time observation of hybrid anion formation.
A recent collaborative venture by the Boily group in the study of pine root respiration with the Näsholm group at SLU. The paper “Improved in vivo measurement of alternative oxidase respiration in Field‐Collected pine roots” is now available in Physiologia Plantarum
Congratulations Merve Yesilbas for a 3 MSEK Postdoctoral Research Grant from the Swedish Research Council! Merve will be using these funds to pursue her research career with Dr. Janice Bishop of the SETI institute in San Francisco to work on the mineralogy of planet Mars.
The Boily group thanks the Kempe foundation for a 2-year extension to our Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry work, with group member Dmitry Shevela, on carbon isotopic signatures in minerals.
By M. Yesilbas, M. Holmboe and JF Boily
The fifth paper of Merve Yesilbas‘ 2018 Ph.D. thesis online here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8EN01156G
Dr Hussein Kanbar has joined the group of A/Prof. Michael Holmboe and will be working on the molecular mechanisms behind the immobilization and preservation of sedimentary and ancient DNA (aDNA) by clay minerals.
A paper by Marie Lucas, Merve Yesilbas, Andrey Shchukarev and Jean-François Boily
“Protonation and water exchange kinetics in sandwich polyoxometalates”
in Dalton Transactions, 2018, 47, 13602-13607. Link.
C. André Ohlin, Magda Pascual-Borràs
Abstract: Density functional theory is used to explore the locus and consequences of protonation in [Zn4(H2O)2(PW9O34)2]10− . The results are used to explain recent observations regarding the contrasting pH effects on the water-ligand exchange in [Mn4(H2O)2(P2W15O56)2]16− and [Co4(H2O)2(P2W15O56)2]16− , and the general effect of protonation on solvent exchange in metal oxides is discussed.