RPI Collaborators


Daniele Cherniak (Research Professor)

PhD (Physics) State University of New York at Albany, 1990


Daniele is a PhD physicist-turned-geochemist who specializes in the use of particle beams for geochemical analysis in depth-profiling mode. As a qualified operator of the Dynamitron linear accelerator in the Physics Department and the University at Albany (20 minutes from RPI), Daniele has been a leader in the adaptation of particle-beam analytical techniques for use on very small experimental samples.  Her techniques include Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), both of which can be provide excellent depth resolution (sometimes as good as 5 nm) in characterization of diffusion gradients produced in laboratory experiments.  Daniele has published numerous papers on trace-element and radiogenic isotope diffusion in accessory- and major rock-forming minerals.  She is also the former (1998) U.S. national champion in the ultramarathon (this means that she runs 100-kilometer races).

Jonathan Price (Postdoctoral Researcher)

PhD (Geology) University of Oklahoma, 1998



Jon is a petrologist/geochemist whose PhD research involved geochemical and experimental studies of felsic igneous rocks, focusing on the fluorine-rich Mt. Scott granite of Oklahoma.  He also has extensive field experience with the Oklahoma Geological Survey.  Jon's current research at RPI builds on ongoing efforts to characterize transport of fluids and melts in solid and partially molten systems at high pressure and temperature.  Specifically, he is examining the permeability of mica-bearing quartzites in an effort to determine how the precipitation of a platy phase effects the transport of fluids in a rock characterized by near-equilibrium microstructure.  He is also examining the behavior of reduced carbon in grain boundaries, as well as developing techniques to characterize fluid and carbon in rocks through electrical conductivity measurements.

Jay Thomas (Senior Research Associate)

PhD (Geology) Virginia Tech



Thomas "Thommy" Mueller (Postdoctoral Researcher)

PhD (Geochemistry) University of Lausanne, Switzerland




Nick Tailby (Postdoctoral Researcher)

PhD (Geochemistry) Australian National University






Current Graduate Students

Dustin Trail traild@rpi.edu

Lingbo Xing  xingl2@rpi.edu

Veronika Homolova  homolv@rpi.edu