NIZHOU HAN

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

 

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

VIRGINIA TECH

A talented experimentalist, Dr. Nizhou Han is an accomplished scientist and is highly respected by students, postdocs, and faculty.  She began conducting research in our group in 2002 and has worked on diverse projects investigating carbonate and silica systems.  

 

Most of her studies have focused on biological mineralization, but she has also investigated silica glass dissolution for nuclear waste management, and nonclassical pathways to crystal growth of calcium carbonates.  In addition to her own projects, she makes valuable contributions to other projects in our group, including studies of the physical basis for polymorph selection, energy barriers to cation binding on self assembled monolayers, thermodynamic/kinetics controls on mineral nucleation, mineral dissolution, and mineral surface chemistry. 

 

Dr. Han earned a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1996 and has extensive experience as an analytical chemist.   In our group, she is a lead author or co-author on numerous highly cited publications.