Duckworth, Owen W

Crop and Soil Sciences
owen_duckworth@ncsu.edu
919-513-1577
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The activity of microbes greatly affects the biogeochemical flow of nutrients and contaminants in the environment. Current research focuses primarily on the thermodynamics and kinetics of aqueous and interfacial reactions involving biogenic exudates that contribute to understanding the biogeochemical cycling of natural and anthropogenic species. My approach is to blend traditional wet-chemical, field, and microbiological methods with modern spectroscopic, microscopic, genetic, and theoretical techniques to obtain an understanding of mechanisms and reaction pathways on molecular to macroscopic scales. Has recently worked with scientists in Cambodia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Austria. 

 
Expertise:
  Biochemistry | Soil physical Chemistry
Country(s) of experience:
  Australia | Austria | Cambodia | Korea, South | Sweden | Switzerland |
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty | Other international activities | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
Projects:
  CAREER: Assessing the Reactivity and Diversity of Neutrophilic Iron Oxidizing Bacteria in Terrestrial Aquatic Environments
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2018
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institutional Partner: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden | Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland
  Elucidating the Roles of Manganese Oxides in Regulating Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Southern Asia.
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2017
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institutional Partner:
  Elucidating the Effects of Structure on the Redox Reactivity of Mycogenic Mn Oxide Nanoparticles.
11/01/2014 - 07/31/2017
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner:
  Elucidating the Controls on Mycogenic Nanoparticle Reactivity for Environmental Remediation.
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor: North Carolina State University
Institutional Partner: Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland
  Predicting Mobilization and Bioaccumulation of Trace Elements from Coal Fly Ash Using Speciation Analysis.
01/01/2010 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
  Utilization of Biogenic Complexes in the Directed Synthesis of Zeolites
01/01/2011 - 12/31/2012
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Kyungpook National University, South Korea