About me

Patricia Maurice (pmaurice@nd.edu) is a Professor Emerita in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.  She enjoys traveling, hiking, writing, quilting, and spending time with friends and family.  Patricia currently serves as Editor in Chief of Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, and on a variety of international panels and advisory boards.  She has (co)authored over 120 published scientific articles/book chapters and is the sole author of the 2009 textbook  Environmental Surfaces and Interfaces from the Nanoscale to the Global Scale (Wiley). Patricia is also the author of several children’s books, the first of which, Poems to Grow By, is currently available at LULU.com.


Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth SciencesUniversity of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

My research focuses on interactions of minerals, metals, organic matter, nanoparticles and bacteria at the molecular scale to the watershed scale.


1994             Ph.D. in Aqueous and Surface Geochemistry, Dept. of Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University

1985              M.S. Geology/Geophysics, Dartmouth College        

1982              B.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University


2017-2022       Editor-in-Chief, The Water Encyclopedia, Wiley

2016-               Professor emerita,  CEEES, University of Notre Dame

2003-15           Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth 

Sciences, University of Notre Dame 

Associate Chair, 2011-2014

                        Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering 2008-2009

                        Director, Center for Environmental Science and Technology 2003-2007

                        Faculty Fellow, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning

                        Faculty Fellow, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

2000-2003       Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences,

University of Notre Dame

1994-2000       Assistant then Associate Professor, Dept. of Geology, Kent State University, 

                        Honors College Faculty member.

Fall, 1998        Visiting scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratories 

1985-1989 Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, New Jersey District


Hering, J.G., Green, S. A., Heckmann, L., Katehi L. P.B., Maurice, P.A., and Young, S. A. 2022. A call for an alliance between female academic leaders and early career researchers to improve the academic STEM System. Elephant in the Lab. 4 May 2022. doi:10.5281/zenodo.6514731

Maurice, P.A. 2021. How to stop the hemorrhaging of senior women in STEM. 500womenscientistsfribourgen.ch. December 10, 2021.

Maurice, P.A. 2020. Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, 5 Volume set, Wiley. Editor (and author of 6 chapters).

Werellepath, K., Kuhn, K., Maurice, P.A., and Bunker, B. 2019. Nanoparticle size effects on Cadmium uptake on hematite. Environmental Engineering Science, 8, 883-891.

Maurice, P.A. 2016. The Baby-Before-Tenure Question. The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August, 2016 edition.

Maurice. P.A. and Peterson, B. 2015. How to be an ethical engineer in an often unethical world. J. Catholic Higher Education 34: 173-193.

Green, N.W., McInnis, D.M., Hertkorn, N., Maurice, P.A., and Perdue, E.M. 2015. Suwannee River natural organic matter: isolation of the 2R101N reference sample by reverse osmosis. Environmental Engineering Science 32, 38.

Kuhn, K.M., Neubauer, E., Hofmann, T., von der Kammer, F., Aiken, G.R., and Maurice, P.A. 2015. Concentrations and distributions of metals associated with dissolved organic matter from the Suwannee River (GA, USA). Environmental Engineering Science, 32 (1), 54-65.

Kuhn, K.,  Neubauer, E., Hofman, T., von der Kammer, F., and Maurice, P.A. 2014. Accessibility of humic-associated Fe to a microbial siderophore: implications for Bioavailability, Environmental Science & Technology. 48: 1015-1022.

McInnis, D., Bolster, D., and Maurice, P.A. 2014. Natural Organic Matter Transport Modeling with a Continuous Time Random Walk Approach. Environmental Engineering Science, 31: 98-106.

Dehner, C., Morales-Soto, N., Behera, R.K., Shrout, J., Theil, E.C., Maurice, P.A. and Dubois, J.L., 2013. Ferritin and ferrihydrite nanoparticles as iron sources for Pseudomonas aeruginosaJ. of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 18, 3, 371-381.

Seders-Dietrich, L., McInnis, D., Bolster, D., and Maurice, P.A. 2013. Effect of polydispersity on natural organic matter transport: An experimental and modeling study. Water Research, 47, 7, 2231-2240.

Kuhn, K., Dubois, J.L., and Maurice, P.A. 2013. Strategies of aerobic microbial Fe acquisition from Fe-bearing montmorillonite clay. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 117, 191-201.

Kuhn, K., Dehner, C.A., Dubois, J. L., and Maurice, P.A. 2012. Iron acquisition from natural organic matter by an aerobic Pseudomonas mendocina bacterium: siderophores and cellular iron status. Geomicrobiol. 29, 9, 780-791.

Barton, L.E., Grant, K., Quicksall, A.N., and Maurice, P.A. 2012. Effects of hematite nanoparticle size on siderophore-mediated dissolution.  Geomicrobiology, 29, 4, 314-322. 

Barton, L.E., Grant, K.E., Kosel, T., Quicksall, A.N., and Maurice, P.A. 2011 Size dependent Pb sorption to nanohematite in the presence and absence of a microbial siderophore: effects of experimental design on sorption edges. ES&T 45, 3231-3237.

Dehner, C.A., Barton, L.E., Maurice, P.A., and Dubois, J.L. 2011. Size-dependent bioavailability of hematite (a-Fe2O3) nanoparticles to a common aerobic bacterium. ES&T, 45, 977-983.

Schindler, M., Hawthorne, F.C., Mandaliev, P., Burns, P.C., and Maurice, P.A. 2011. An  integrated study of uranym mineral dissolution processes: etch pit formation, effects of cations in solution, and secondary precipitation. Radiochimica Acta 99, 2, 79-94.

Dehner, C. A.,  Awaya, J.D., Maurice, P.A., and DuBois, J.L. 2010. Use of sideropohores, oxalate, and reductants for iron mobilization from the mineral hematite by the obligate aerobe Pseudomonas mendocina.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76, 2041-2048.

Maurice, P.A. 2009. Environmental Surfaces and Interfaces from the Nanoscale to the Global Scale. A textbook.  John Wiley & Sons. 

Hochella, M.F., Jr., Lower, S.K., Maurice, P.A., Penn, R.L., Sahai, N., Sparks, D.L., and Twining, B.S. 2008 Nanominerals, mineral nanoparticles, and Earth chemistry. Science 319: 1631-1635.


Honorary Chair, Humic Science & Technology Conference, 2013

Reviewer Award, 2009 ES&T for outstanding technical reviews

Certificate of ‘outstanding service’ to the National Research Council committee on 

            Integrated Observatories for Hydrologic and Related Sciences, 2007 

Presidential Award, University of Notre Dame, 2005

Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2003

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Johns Hopkins University Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, L.F. Bissell full scholarship