Dr. Andy Elwood Madden


Joe and Robert Klabzuba Chair and Professor
School of Geosciences, University of Oklahoma

100 East Boyd St., Room SEC 956

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2005-2007, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Ph.D. (geochemistry), 2005, Virginia Tech
B.S. (geology), 2000, Michigan State University

Director, Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory

I work with the campus core microscopy team, manage the Geosciences powder X-ray diffraction lab, and am faculty supervisor for the Electron Microprobe Laboratory.

My students and I investigate the influence of nanoscale materials and processes on the chemistry of environmental systems.   We undertake studies to:

  • understand how size-dependent properties of nanoscale minerals influence natural and human-impacted environmental biogeochemical processes,
  • understanding the roles of nanoscale biogeochemical processes in mediating toxic element/compound release or sequestration, in order to
    • support sustainable water resources and practices and
    • create knowledge that aids in the interpretation of Earth’s geologic record, and
  • create new nanoscale solutions to emerging challenges at the intersection of Earth’s dynamic processes, natural resources, and human society.

See the research page for more details about recent research projects, or the publications page to see what we’ve been up to in our group and with collaborations.

Current students with projects:

  • Brock Dumont, MS, MinKIDS mineral-based curriculum for 5-12 grade (OK Geological Foundation), MS thesis topic TBD
  • Brady Fox, UG, Direct groundwater-to microscope methods of evaluating nanoparticle transport in aquifer systems
  • Itunu Apalara (Ph.D.), Signatures of sulfidic weathering on clay authigenesis
  • Katherine Sluder (M.S.), Evaluation of nanoparticles from the Younger Dryas

Recent graduate students with thesis/dissertation projects:

  • Zach Tomlinson, M.S., “Impact of well pumping on trace metals in the Central Oklahoma Aquifer” (now with Oklahoma Water Resources Board)
  • Brandon Maples, M.S., “Evaluating cation exchange as a driver for manganese release during carbonate dissolution” (now with EPA)
  • Desiree Hullaster, M.S., “Redox interfaces in the proximal Permian Cutler Formation, Mesa County, western Colorado” (now with Hunt Oil)
  • Molly Sexton, M.S., “Stratigraphic and textural analysis of nanodiamonds across the Younger Dryas boundary sediments of western Oklahoma” (now with EPA)
  • Jeff Westrop, M.S., “The geochemistry of chromium in the Central Oklahoma Aquifer, Norman, OK” (finished Ph.D. program at Nebraska, now scientist at Nebraska Conservation and Survey Division)
  • Brett Weeks, B.S., “Correlation between dolomite saturation and chromium concentrations within the Central Oklahoma Aquifer”
  • Xiaofeng Chen, Ph.D. (with Reches), “Rock friction and dynamic faulting at the micro- to nano-scales” (now researcher at TAMU)
  • Andrew Swindle, Ph.D., “Size-dependent reactivity of magnetite nanoparticles: a bridge between laboratory and field investigations” (now Associate Prof. at Wichita State University)