February 22, 2016
Alexandra Navrotsky, Interdisciplinary Professor of Ceramic, Earth, and Environmental Materials Chemistry at the University of California at Davis, will receive the 2016 V. M. Goldschmidt Award this summer. The Goldschmidt Award recognizes major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. Prof. Navrotsky is recognized for a broad and prolific career that has advanced our understanding of the energetics of Earth materials, specifically the fundamental thermodynamic basis of materials behavior and the implications for a wide range of problems in the geosciences. An experimentalist with a specialty in high-temperature calorimetry, she has also exploited a diversity of other experimental as well as theoretical techniques to understand structure-property-process relations in minerals and related materials. The award will be formally presented at the Goldschmidt 2016 conference in Yokohama, Japan this June.