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Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

BSc Program Coordinator (Office Hours in Fall term 2017: Tuesday 11:30-1pm, B5027, Willet Green Miller Centre)

Associate Professor
Environmental Mineralogy

B.Sc. (Frankfurt a.M.)
M.Sc. (Frankfurt a.M.)
Ph.D. (Frankfurt a.M.)


Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 2C6
Telephone: (705) 675-1151 ext 2368

Research Interests

The fate of heavy elements in the environment is controlled by their transport properties, the dissolution and growth of minerals containing these elements, their uptake by minerals and their adsorption on mineral surfaces. Processes such as dissolution, growth, adsorption and uptake occur at or near the mineral-water interface. Interpretation of these observations requires an understanding of the structure and property of mineral surfaces and the crystal-chemical properties of the heavy element involved in the surface process. My research focuses on an understanding of these surface processes using surface analytical methods and crystal-chemical theory.

Available Research Projects

If you are interested in an Honor Thesis or M.Sc. research project, please contact me. Available projects include studies on:

  • Mobility of elements in soils, tailings, and roast yards.
  • Transportation of elements via aerosols and colloids.

Current Graduate Students

Christine Legrand, B.Sc. 2014-, Laurentian University
Mineralogical and geochemical characterization of the weathering of chromite-bearing rocksEmail:

Jaime Caplette, B.Sc. 2014-, Laurentian University
Interfacial processes on rocks and in soils around the smelter complex in Trail, B.C. Canada

Representative Publications

Journal Articles

61. Schindler, M., Lanteigne, S., McDonald, A.M. & Hawthorne, F.C. (2015): The role of mineral surface-coatings in soils contaminated by atmospheric pollution (Accepted for publication 16 October, 2015).

60. Malcolm, K.J., Leverington, D.W. and Schindler, M. (2015) A Landsat-Based Study of Black Rock Coatings Proximal to Base Metal Smelters, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Remote Sensing (in press).

59. Caplette, J., Schindler, M. and Kyser, T. K. (2015) The Black Rock Coatings in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec: Fingerprints of Historical Smelter Emissions and the Local Ore. Can. J. Earth Sciences (accepted).

58. Schindler, M. and Hochella, M.F. (2015) Soil memory in mineral surface coatings: environmental processes recorded at the nanoscale. Geology 43, 415–418.

57. Schindler, M., Legrand, C.A., Hochella, M.F. (2015) Alteration, adsorption and nucleation processes on clay-water interfaces: Mechanisms for the retention of uranium by altered clay surface on the nanometer scale. Geochim. Cosmochim. 153, 15-36.

56. Schindler, M. (2014) A mineralogical and geochemical study of slag in the historical O’Donnell Roast Yards, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Can. Mineral. 52, 433-452.

55. Lanteigne, S., Schindler, M. and McDonald, A. (2014) Distribution of metal(loid)s in smelter-derived particulate matter in soils, mineralogical insights into their retention and release in a low-T environment. Can. Mineral. 52, 453-471.