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Dawn L. Geatches

Dawn Geatches
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Office Location:337 Green Earth Sciences Building
Phone:650 723-8064


  • 2011     PhD                       Physics, Durham University, United Kingdom
  • 2007     BSc(Hons)              Mathematical Sciences, Open University, UK  

Professional Experience

  • July 2012-present              Postdoctoral Researcher in Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University          
  • 2011-2012                        Research Associate in Physics, Durham University, UK
  • 2011-2012                        Teaching Fellow in Physics, Durham University, UK  

Honors & Awards

  • 2010                                 Durham University Learning and Teaching Award, UK

University Service

  • 2007-2011                       Teaching Assistant, mentor and tutor, Durham University, UK

Professional Activities

  •            2007-2012            Member, Institute for Advanced Studies, Durham University, UK
  •            2007-2012            Member, BioSciences Institute, Durham University, UK
  •            2007-2012            Member, Durham’s Energy Institute, Durham University, UK  
  •            2007-2012            Member, Institute of Physics
  •            2012                      Presented poster: Catalysis Symposium, SLAC, Stanford
  •            2011                      Organized conference for participants from collaborating - French company                                                  (Lafarge) at Durham University and at University College, London, UK   
  •            2010                      Invited Speaker: Laboratoire Génie Civil et géoEnvironnement,  Lille, France
  •            2010                      Presented poster: Prebiotic chemistry workshop, Durham University, UK
  •            2010                      Presented poster: Northern Sustainable Chemistry Network Seminar, York, UK
  •            2009                      Presented poster: SimBioMa Workshop, Mainz
  •            2009                      Invited Speaker: Department of Earth Sciences, Newcastle University, UK                                                                                                                                                                 


  • 1.      Dawn Geatches, Stewart Clark, Hugh Greenwell, “DFT + U investigation of  the catalytic properties of      ferruginous clay”, American Mineralogist, 98, 132 (2013).
  • 2.      Dawn L. Geatches, Alain Jacquet, Stewart J. Clark, H. Christopher Greenwell, “Monomer Adsorption on Kaolinite: Modelling the Essential Ingredients”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, 22365 (2012). 
  • 3.      D. L. Geatches, S. J. Clark, H. C. Greenwell, “Iron reduction in nontronite-type clay minerals: Modelling a complex system”, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 81, 13 (2011).
  • 4.      Dawn L. Geatches, H. Christopher Greenwell, Stewart J. Clark, “Ab Initio Transiition State Searching in Complex Systems: Fatty Acid Decarboxylation in Minerals”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 115, 2658 (2011).    
  • 5.      Dawn L. Geatches, Stewart J. Clark, Hugh C. Greenwell, “Role of Clay Minerals in Oil-Forming Reactions”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 114, 3569 (2010).                        

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