Sparks is recognized internationally for his landmark research and writings on the kinetics and mechanisms of metal, oxyanion, and nutrient reactions at the biogeochemical interfaces. His pioneering studies on kinetic processes in soils and minerals include: the development of widely used and novel kinetic methods; the elucidation of rate-limiting steps and mechanisms over a range of spatial and temporal scales; and the coupling of real-time kinetic studies with in-situ molecular scale investigations.
“Dr. Sparks lecture at FAMU was significant to our administrators, faculty and students as they were afforded the honor of having a world-class scientist, arguably the best soil/environmental chemist in the world, come to CAFS to share his vast knowledge,” said CAFS Dean Robert Taylor about the impact of Sparks’ April 28 presentation.
As a result of Sparks’ visit, students from FAMU were offered an opportunity to participate in internships at the research institute this summer and for future semesters.
“We are excited that Sparks, a person who has been awarded numerous national and international awards in the field of soil/environmental chemistry, including the Einstein Award by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, took the time to recruit students from FAMU to engage in summer internships and possible graduate training at a cutting-edge, integrated science and engineering facility,” Taylor said.