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Kevin M. Rosso

Associate Director - Geochemistry, Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, Chemical and Material Sciences Division, Environmental Dynamics and Simulation

P.O. Box 999, K8-96
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6357 Fax: (509) 371-6354

FCSD Staff Information page for Kevin M. Rosso Updated: January 8, 2009

Dual Assignment

WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory / Environmental Spectroscopy & Biogeochemistry Facility

Research Interests

Dr. Rosso’s is the Associate Director for the Environmental Dynamics and Simulation Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Dr. Rosso’s research is centered on elucidating the relationships between the atomic and electronic structure of crystalline materials with their reactivity and physical properties, particularly at surfaces, using various concepts and tools of surface science, chemistry, solid state physics, and crystal chemistry. Dr. Rosso began his career at PNNL in 1998 when he became a staff member in the Environmental Dynamics and Simulation Directorate. He has also served as Associate Editor for American Mineralogist. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters on various aspects of mineral/water interface chemistry.


Ph.D. Geochemistry (1998) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Primary research focused on the fundamental reactivity of pyrite surfaces and oxidation mechanisms at the atomic scale using ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Other projects included studying the surface structure of cassiterite (SnO2), molybdenite (MoS2), covellite(CuS), and galena (PbS) surfaces, and modeling the dependence of electron density distributions of various silica polymorphs on structural deformation.

M.S. Geochemistry (1994) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Research focused on the quantification of CO2 pressure and temperature in microscopic mixed-gas fluid inclusions in quartz using Raman spectroscopy.

B.S. Geological Sciences (1992) California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

  • The 2004 Mineralogical Society of America Award
  • The Laboratory Director’s Award - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2004
  • Nominated for the U.S. Presidential Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award
  • Associate Editor - American Mineralogist (2004-2006)
  • Organized six topical symposia for Goldschmidt and American Chemical Society National Meetings

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