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Books Edited
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Editor, Advances in Agronomy. Vol. 123, Academic Press, San Diego, CA. Advancessm1a
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Editor, Advances in Agronomy. Vol. 124, Academic Press, San Diego, CA. Advancessm1a
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Editor, Advances in Agronomy. Vol. 125, Academic Press, San Diego, CA. Advancessm1a
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Editor, Advances in Agronomy. Vol. 126, Academic Press, San Diego, CA. Advancessm1a
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Editor, Advances in Agronomy. Vol. 127, Academic Press, San Diego, CA. Advancessm1a

Refereed Publications

Abdala, D.B., P. A. Northrup, Y. Arai and D. L. Sparks. 2015. Surface loading effects on orthophosphate surface complexation at the goethite/water interface as examined by extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. . Colloid Interface. 437: 297–303. DOI
Abdala, D.B., , P.A. Northrup, F.C. Vicentin, and D.L. Sparks. 2015. Residence time and pH effects on the bonding configuration of orthophosphate surface complexes at the goethite/water interface as examined by Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. J. Colloid Inter. Sci. 442: 15–2. DOI

Chen, C., J. Dynes, J. Wang,C. Karunakaran, and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Soft x-ray spectromicroscopy study of mineral-organic matter associations in pasture soil clay fractions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (12):6678–6686.
DOI: 10.1021/es405485a

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Chen, C., J. Dynes, J. Wang and D.L. Sparks. 2014 .Properties of Fe-organic matter associations via coprecipitation versus adsorption. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (23):13751–13759.
DOI: 10.1021/es503669u
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Elbana,T.A., D. L. Sparks and H.M. Selim. 2014. Transport of tin and lead in soils: Miscible displacement experiments and second-order modeling. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J 78:701–712.
DOI:10.2136/sssaj2013.07.0265
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Fan,J-X., Y-J. Wang, C. Liua, L-H. Wang, K. Yang, D-M. Zhou, W. Li, D. L. Sparks. 2014. Effect of iron oxide reductive dissolution on the transformation and immobilization of arsenic in soils: New insights from X-ray photoelectron and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. J. Haz. Mat. 279: 212–219.
DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.06.079

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Li, W., S. R. Joshi, G. Hou, D. J. Burdige , D. L. Sparks, and D. P.
Jaisi. 2015. Characterizing phosphorus speciation of Chesapeake Bay sediments using chemical extraction, 31P NMR, and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Environ. Sci. Technol. (In Press)
DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.06.079
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Siebecker, M., W. Li, S. Khalid, and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Real time Q-EXAFS spectroscopy measures rapid precipitate formation at the mineral-water interface. Nature Communications (5) 5003:1-7.
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6003
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Sparks, D.L. 2014. Advances in coupling of kinetics and molecular scale tools to shed light on soil biogeochemical processes. Plant and Soil (In Press).
DOI 10.1007/s11104-014-2251-1
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Yan, Y.P., F. Liu Jr., W. Li, F. Liu, X. H. Feng and D. L. Sparks. 2014. Sorption and desorption characteristics of organic phosphates of different structures on aluminium (oxyhydr)oxides. European J. Soil Sci. 65: 308–317.
DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12119

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Yan, Y., W. Li, J. Yang, A. Zheng, F. Liu, X. Feng, D.L. Sparks. 2014. Mechanism of myo-inositol hexakisphosphate sorption on amorphous aluminum hydroxide: Spectroscopic evidence for rapid surface precipitation.Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (12): 6735–6742.
DOI: 10.1021/es500996p

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Yeasmin, S., B. Singh, R. S. Kookana, M. Farrell, D. L. Sparks , Cl.T. Jhonston. 2014. Influence of mineral characteristics on the retention of low molecular weight organic compounds: A batch sorption-desorption and ATR-FTIR study. J. Colloid Inter. Sci. 432: 246–257.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2014.06.036
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Zhu, M., P. Northrup, C. Shi, S. J. L. Billinge, D. L. Sparks and Glenn A. Waychunas. 2014. Structure of sulfate adsorption complexes on ferrihydrite. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 1 (1):97–101.
DOI: 10.1021/es401301z

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Invited Presentations
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Grand Challenges in Environmental Sustainability: The Soil, Water, Climate, and Food Nexus, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany, January 9.  
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Advances in the Use of Synchrotron-Based Techniques to Elucidate Biogeochemical Processes in Natural Systems. Applications of Synchrotron Radiation for Environmental and Earth Sciences. Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source, Campinas, Brazil, March 13-14. abstract
Sparks,D.L., B. Lafferty, M. Ginder-­Vogel, G. Landrot, M. Zhu, J. Fischel and M. Fischel.2014. Multiscale Assessment of the Kinetics and Mechanisms of Metal(loid) Oxidation at the Mn­-oxide/water Interface. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20. abstract
Sparks, D.L. 2014. The Role of Mineral Complexation and Metal Redox Coupling in Carbon Cycling and Stabilization. Miami University, Department of Geology Seminar Series, Oxford, Ohio, April 4.  
Sparks, D. L. 2014. Research and Internship Opportunities at the State of Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN)/Integrated Science and Engineering (ISE). Florida A&M University, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Lecture Series, Tallahassee, Florida, April 28.  

Sparks, D.L. 2014. Soil Science in the Anthropocene: Golden Opportunities and Grand Challenges. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea, June 8-13.

 
Sparks, D.L. and C. Chen. 2014. Shedding Light on Soil Organic Matter-Mineral Associations:Their Role in Carbon Cycling and Sequestration in the Terrestrial Environmnent. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea, June 8-13.  

Sparks, D.L. 2014. The Critical Role of Soils in Preserving and Enhancing a Sustainable World. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea, June 8-13.

 
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Shining Light on Soil Biogeochemical Processes: Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century. National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Tsukuba, Japan, September 4.  
Sparks, D.L., and C. Chen. 2014. Redox Cycling Impacts on Carbon and Iron Dynamics in Terrestrial Ecosystems. The Sixth International Workshop on Soil and Sedimentary Organic Matter Stabilization and Destabilization (SOM6) at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, October 5-9.  
Sparks, D.L. 2014. An Historical Perspective on the Chemistry and Mineralogy of Soil Potassium. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Sparks, D.L. and C. Chen. 2014. The Role of Mineral Complexation and Metal Redox Coupling in Soil Carbon Cycling: Impacts of Climate Change. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Sustainability: The Water, Climate, Soil, and Food Nexus. Delaware Academy of Science Annual Fall Meeting, Newark, Delaware, November 15.  
Sparks, D.L. 2014. Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Sustainability: The Water, Climate, Soil, and Food Nexus. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 5.  

Presentations

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Feng, X., H. Zhao, F. Liu, W. Tan, G. Qiu, H. Yin, W. Li, M. Zhu, and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Transformation of hexagonal birnessite into triclinicbinessite by aqueous Mn(II) and the formation of todorokite. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20. abstract
Feng, X., Y. Yan, W. Li, F. Liu, W. Tan, G. Qiu and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Rapid Surface Precipitation of Myo-Inositol Hexakisphosphate at the Surface of Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxide. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Fischel, J. S., M. H. Fischel, B. Lafferty and D. L. Sparks. 2014. Kinetics of Arsenic Oxidation by Manganese Oxide Minerals: The Influence of Origin and Structure on Reactivity. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20. abstract
Fischel, J., G. Landrot and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Formation Mechanisms for Chromium Hydroxide Precipitation on Mineral Surfaces: The Impact on Contaminant Mobility in the Soil. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea, June 8-13.  
Fischel, J. and D.L. Sparks. 2014a. Formation Mechanisms for Chromium Hydroxide Precipitation on Mineral Surfaces: The Impact on Contaminant Mobility in the Soil Environment. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Fischel, J. and D.L. Sparks. 2014b. Mighty Manganese Oxides in Central Pennsylvania Soils. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Fischel, M., J. Fischel, B. Lafferty and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Kinetics of Arsenic Oxidation by Manganese Oxide Minerals: The Influence of Origin and Structure on Reactivity. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea, June 8-13.  
Fischel, M., D.L. Sparks, H.P. Bais, and R. Tappero. 2014. The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Arsenic Sorption in Phragmites Australis Root Plaques. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Gamble, A.V., P. Northrup, W. Li, and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Tender Energy X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy for Determining Phosphorus Speciation in Soils. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
LeMonte, J. and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Impact of Sea Level Rise on Contaminant Mobility and Cycling. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea, June 8-13.  
LeMonte,J.J.and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Arsenic Mobility and Cycling. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Lopes, G., W. Li, D.L. Sparks, and L.-R. G. Guilherme. 2014. Zinc Mobility and Speciation in Soils Affected By Mining and Smelting Activities in Minas Gerais, Brazil Using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Ono, F.B., E.S. Penido, R. Tappero, D.L. Sparks and L.-R. G. Guilherme. 2014. Bioaccessibility of Cadmium and Lead in Tailings from a Zinc Smelting Area in Brazil. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Pan, W., S. Inamdar, D. L. Sparks, Y. Jin, and J. Kan. 2014. Influence of Microbial Fe (III) Reduction on Dom Sorption Under Anoxic Condition. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Starcher, A.N., W. Li, and D.L. Sparks 2014. Spectroscopic Evidence of Mixed Divalent Metal Layered Double Hydroxide Phase Formation from the Co­sorption of Fe(II) and Zn with Al­bearing Mineral Substrates. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20. abstract
Starcher, A.N., W. Li, and D.L. Sparks 2014. Green Rust Formation from Fe(II) Sorption to Al-bearing Phyllosilicates with Structural Fe Impurities. 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20. abstract
Starcher, A.N., W. Li and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Spectroscopic Evidence for Fe(II)-Layered Hydroxide Phase Formation on Pyrophyllite. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Wang,X., W. Li, M. Zhu, F. Liu, X. Feng, and D.L. Sparks. 2014. Effect of Ferrihydrite Crystallite Size on Phosphate Adsorption Reactivity. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Yang, J., D.L. Sparks, N.S. Bolan, and C. Rumpel. 2014. Synergistic Impact of Iron Cation on Dissolved Organic Matter Sorption to Soil Minerals. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2-5. abstract
Zhu, M., X. Feng and W. Li. 2014. Advances in Understanding the Environmental Geochemistry of Manganese (Mn) Oxides. (Symposium). 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20.  

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