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Dr. Christopher Kim

Professor, Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Chemistry
Expertise: Mining; Metal Contamination; Bioaccessibility; Nanoparticles; Chemical Speciation; X-Ray Spectroscopy
Office Location: Keck Center for Science and Engineering 231
Phone: (714) 628-7363
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Education:
Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)
Stanford University, Ph.D.

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Biography

Research Interests

  • Distribution, transport and transformation of trace metal(loid)s in mine wastes
  • Bioaccessibility and bioavailability of toxic metal(loid)s in contaminated soils and sediments
  • Iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticle growth, aggregation, and reaction mechanisms in aqueous systems
  • Synchrotron-based spectroscopic and microscopic methods for mineralogical/geochemical analysis

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University (2016-present)
  • Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University (2014-present)
  • Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Chapman University (2011-2015)
  • Visiting Scholar, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / School of Public Health, Harvard University (2010-2011)
  • Associate Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University (2010-2016)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Chapman University (2004-2010)

Honors/Awards

  • Award in Mentorship of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Chapman University (2017)
  • Award for Pedagogical Innovation, Chapman University (2015)
  • Chapman University Wang-Fradkin Senior Professorship Award, recognizing one tenured professor
    each year for exceptional merit in scholarly and creative activity (2014)
  • Award for Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Education, Chapman University (2013)
  • Emerging Investigator (1 of 15 featured in special issue), Journal of Environmental Monitoring (2012)
  • Invited participant, 14th annual Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, co-sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Science (2011)
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation (2010)
  • Invited presenter, National Science Foundation-sponsored "Futures in Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry" workshop (2010)
  • Elected Councilor, Council on Undergraduate Research, Geosciences Division (2010-2013)
  • Chapman University Valerie Scudder Award, recognizing outstanding teaching, scholarship, advising and service (2009)
  • Invited International Visiting Lecturer, Department of Earth System Science, Yonsei University (2009)
  • Elected Chair, Synchrotron and Neutron Users Group (SNUG), (member 2006-2008, chair 2008-2009)· Primary author of one of Top-50 most cited articles 2004-2007, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Elsevier Publishing
  • Elected member and Chair, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Users Organization Executive Committee (vice chair 2005-2006, chair 2006-2007)

Educational and Professional Activities

  • Expert witness, Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) (2016-2018)
  • Session Co-chair, “Geochemical reactivity of nanoparticles, aggregates, coatings and organonanoparticulate
    flocculates,” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA (2016)
  • Co-chair, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biennial Conference (2016)
  • Co-leader, National Science Foundation Workshop on “Early Career Geoscience Faculty:
    Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career” (2014)
  • Co-leader, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (RiMG) short course on “Environmental
    Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Microbiology of Arsenic” (2014)
  • Technical Assistance/Expert Witness, State of California Attorney General (2013-2016)
  • Co-host, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Annual Business Meeting (2013)
  • Co-organizer, Undergraduate Research Program Directors Conference (2013)
  • Session Co-chair, “Biogeochemical influences on metal bioavailability in contaminated soils and
    sediments”, 22nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, Canada (2012)
  • Session Co-chair, “Assessing the effective reactivity of aggregated environmental nanomaterials”,
    Division of Geochemistry, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO (2011)
  • Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2010-2015)
  • Treasurer, Geochemistry Division, American Chemical Society (2010-2013)
  • Session Co-chair, "Spectroscopic Investigations of Metal Interactions at Mineral/Water/Microbial Interfaces", Division of Geochemistry, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2010)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Human Health and Environmental Consequences of Metal Mining and Smelting (2009-2011)
  • Chair, Chapman Environmental Science & Policy Curriculum Committee (2009-2010)
  • Instructor, Chapman University Watershed Certificate Program (2009-2011)
  • Chair, Synchrotron and Neutron Users Group (SNUG) (2008-2010)
  • Instructor, Project SMART (K-2nd grade education), Chapman University (2008-2010)
  • Instructor, Collaboration for Success in Science Partnership (3rd/4th grade education), California Mathematics and Science Partnership, Department of Education (2006-2008)
  • Co-chair, 33rd Annual SSRL Users Meeting, Stanford, CA (2006)
  • Mentor, Troy Tech High School summer internship program (2005-2012)
  • Instructor, Collaboration for Success in Science Partnership (3rd/4th grade education), California Mathematics and Science Partnership, Department of Education (2006-2008)
  • Instructor, Project SMART (K-2nd grade education), Chapman University (2008-2010)
  • Proposal reviewer, National Science Foundation, Earth Sciences Division, American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, Canadian Light Source
  • Co-chair, 33rd Annual SSRL Users Meeting, Stanford, CA (2006)
  • Reviewer, American Mineralogist, Applied Geochemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, Geochimica et Cosmochica Acta, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Science, Water Research
  • Member, American Chemical Society (2001-present), American Geophysical Union (1999-present), Geological Society of America (1999-present), The Geochemical Society (1999-present)

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications