A.B. (Geology), Franklin & Marshall College
M.A. (Geology), Temple University
Ph. D. (Geological Sciences). Case Western Reserve University
Mineralogy, Clay Minerals, Low-temperature geochemistry, geochronology (K-Argon).
Currently, I am interested in the extraction of rare-earth elements from kaolin mine waste. I and students have identified ways to sorb and fix radiocesium by clay minerals in various geologic materials. There has been some commercial interest in the techniques of extracting rare-earth elements that are currently being pursued. I am continuing my long-standing interests in understanding the flow of fluids and heat in foreland basins. This information helps in the exploration of crude oil and natural gas.
I joined GSU in 1995. Since that time, I have maintained a laboratory for the study of clay minerals in soils and rocks. Many graduate and undergraduate students have been trained in separation and identification of clay minerals in both geoscience and chemistry departments. These students include two Ph. D. students who graduated from this lab (Dr. Laura Zaunbrecher and Dr. Alfred M. Elser). Dr. Achim Bechtel, Ms. Mai Terashima have spent one-year periods in this lab as well. This lab has received support from NSF, DOE, PRF and private foundations (Max Kade Foundation). I served as Chair of Geosciences from 2007-2013. I served as President of the Clay Mineral Society in 2015. My recent teaching included courses in geochemistry, clays and soils, Introductory Geology and X-ray methods in the Geosciences, and likely Mineralogy at some point in the near future.
Dr. Elliott received the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1998. He received the GSU Award for Exceptional Service in 2015. Dr. Elliott was elected as a Fellow in the Geological Society of America in 2009.
Kim, J., Dong, H., Yang, K., Elliott, W.C., Spivack, A., Koo, T-H., Park, H., Kim, G., Morono, Y., Henkel, S., Inagaki, F., Heuer, V.B., 2019, Naturally Occurring Microbially Catalyzed Smectite-to-illite Reaction: Geology, v. 47, no. 6, p. 535-539.