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Cristian P. Schulthess

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Associate Professor

Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-1943
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  • Ph.D. ,Soil Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1987
  • M.A.S. Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1985
  • C.F.C. Chemistry, C.E.P.I.A., Geneva, Switzerland, 1981
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 1978


Research Focus

  • Effect of nanopores (small pores inside each individual mineral particle) on the entrapment of organic and inorganic compounds
  • Enhancement effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) on the adsorption of anions by soil constituents
  • Adsorption and desorption of CO2 on oxides, and its effect on proton adsorption
  • Effect of temperature and pressure on the volatility of adsorbed organic compounds
  • Validity of current methods for the determination of proton adsorption isotherms, with particular emphasis on the impact of background electrolytes
  • Competitive adsorption behavior of anions (such as SO 4 and SeO4) and organic compounds on oxide surfaces



Emil Truog Soil Science Award by the Soil Science Society of America, 1988


Current Publications

Ferreira, D.R., C.P. Schulthess, and N.J. Kabengi. 2013. “Calorimetric Evidence in Support of the Nanopore Inner-Sphere Enhancement (NISE) Theory on Cation Absorption.” Soil Sci Soc. Am. J. 77:94-99.

Ferreira, D.R., C.P. Schulthess, J.E. Amonette, and E.D. Walter. 2012. “An Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Investigation on the Retention Mechanisms of Mn and Cu in the Nanopore Channels of Three Zeolite Minerals.” Clays & Clay Minerals 60:588-598. [cover story]

Ferreira, D.R., C.P. Schulthess, and M.V. Giotto. 2012. “An Investigation of Strong Sodium Retention Mechanisms in Nanopore Environments Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.” Environ. Sci. & Technol. 46:300-306.

Schulthess, C.P. 2011. “Historical Perspective on the Tools That Helped Shape Soil Chemistry.” Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 75: 2009 – 2036 [SSSA 75th anniversary paper].

Ferreira, D.R., and C.P. Schulthess. 2011. “The Nanopore Inner Sphere Enhancement Effect on Cation Adsorption: Sodium, Potassium, and Calcium.” Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 75:389-396.

Schulthess, C.P., R.W. Taylor, and D.R. Ferreira. 2011. “The Nanopore Inner Sphere Enhancement Effect on Cation Adsorption: Sodium and Nickel.” Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 75:378-388. [cover story]

Zhivotovsky, O.P., Y.A. Kuzovkina, C.P. Schulthess, T. Morris, and D. Pettinelli. 2011. “Lead Uptake and Translocation by Willows in Pot and Field Experiments.” International J. Phytoremediation 13:731-749.

Zhivotovsky, O.P., Y.A. Kuzovkina, C.P. Schulthess, T. Morris, D. Pettinelli, and M. Ge. 2011. “Hydroponic Screening of Willows (Salix L.) For Lead Tolerance and Accumulation.” International J. Phytoremediation 13:75-94.

Kuzovkina, Y.A., O.P. Zhivotovsky, C.P. Schulthess, and D. Pettinelli. 2010. “Plant Selection for a Pilot Phytoremediation Study at a Former Skeet Range.” Remediation J. 20:93-105.

Kinsella, K., C.P. Schulthess, T.F. Morris, J.D. Stuart. 2009. “Rapid Quantification of Bacillus Subtilis Antibiotics in the Rhizosphere.” Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41:374-379.