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Paul A. Schroeder

Turkish Sunset
Clay Mineralogy
Registered P.G.

Clays and clay minerals are the most abundant reactive solids on the Earth's surface. Understanding clays minerals involves the detailed crystal-chemical characterization of their structure, particularly as they are found associated in the critical zone, which includes near surface weathering, diagenetic, and hydrothermal geologic environments. Clay minerals often interact with biological systems, which then allow them to proxy the record of environmental change throughout Earth history and perhaps in extraterrestrial environments. The research carried out in my group has involved the study of these fine grain particles using NMR spectroscopy, Fourier transform IR and Raman spectroscopy, radiogenic, cosmogenic, and stable isotopes, chemical and thermal analyses, and X-ray and electron diffraction.

Research Interests:

Clays and clay minerals are nature's most common nano-material. The study of both natural and synthetic nano-composites made up of clays and organics offers great promise for the discovery of new materials for use in medical, pharmaceutical, and material industries. Knowledge of clays is essential for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon energy, particularly in terms of benefiting the environment.


A complete grant support list can be found in CV.


Selected Publications:

Complete publications are listed here

Of note:
Articles Featuring Paul A. Schroeder

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science publication: The "extra pinch” of pseudosand to enhance tropical biogeochemical processes understanding.

Georgia Partnerships for Essential Minerals (GEMs) Workshop: Paving the Way for Critical Mineral Production


Dr. Schroeder is featured in Reynolds Living Magazine about some rocks in Georgia.



Four University of Georgia faculty received a First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award in recognition of their success in teaching an FYO Seminar.

The Office of Research, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, provides “pre-seed” funding to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics.

UGA Geology professor Paul Schroeder is part of a multi-authored peer-reviewed paper on data sharing benefits for the low-temperature geochemistry community.  Like many scientific communities, protocols or standards for publishing, citing…

With the help of Bruce Railsback, we have added new section to our website about the history of Geology Department at UGA.

ABOUT US - A History of the University of Georgia Department of Geology

Humankind’s next giant step may be onto Mars.

UGA Today - Science & Technology

Events featuring Paul A. Schroeder
G&G Room 200A

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Location: Cine (234 Hancock Ave)

Topic: What the Frack: Hydraulic fracturing & the thirst for energy

Fernbank Science Center
G&G - Room 200A

UGA Geology professors will discuss their research activities from last summer.

Geography-Geology Building - Room 200A
Geology Colloquium - GG Building 200A or via Zoom

Speaker: Paul Schroeder


Host: Bruce Railsback


This is a hybrid event, if you are unable to join us in person please join via zoom. 
Miller Plant Science: 11am to 1:30pm

Ask the experts your soil questions, soil health demonstrations and Graduate student research presentations!  

Dr. Schroeder will be presenting recent research conducted by Oluwaseun Adeyemi on PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).


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