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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Andreas Luttge

Professor of Earth Science and Professor of Chemistry
Department Earth Science
Rice University


The primary concerns of his research are surface chemical processes at minerals and rocks from low-temperature conditions up to the pressure and temperature conditions throughout the Earth's crust.
Andreas Luttge’s degrees are a Habilitation [venia legendi] (1995) and a PhD [Dr. rer. nat.] (1990) from the Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany). In 1995 the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship to Andreas Luttge to visit Yale University and to work with Prof. A.C. Lasaga.[2]
Luttge published numerous studies about the surface dynamics of minerals, glasses and metals,[3] including investigations of microbial activity at interfaces.[4] He applies various experimental techniques using Vertical Scanning Interferometry, Electron and Atomic Force Microscopy and modeling techniques like Monte Carlo and ab initio methods. Resulting quantitative kinetic rate data are key prerequisites to provide a better understanding of the dynamics governing many geologic and technological processes.

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