Gund Affiliate, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Nico Perdrial is an Assistant Professor in the department of Geology at the University of Vermont. He received his PhD in 2007 from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France).

As an environmental mineralogist and geochemist, Nico applies high-precision aqueous geochemical techniques and state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques to understand molecular-scale geochemical processes in geomedia and predict water-rock interactions in complex subsurface environments. Using a combination of nanoscale (HRTEM, XAS), microscale (SEM, XRD) and macroscale (XRF, GIS) probing techniques, Nico’s team design experiments to solve field-based environmental issues.

Nico's current research investigates the behavior and remediation of toxic metals at Earth surface, the nanoscale, microscale and macroscale mechanisms of mineral dissolution and weathering processes on Mars.

Gund Affiliate Nicolas Perdrial

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environmental mineralogy, environmental geochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, electron microscopy, soil science, planetology


  • PhD, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Université Louis-Pasteur Strasbourg (France)
  • MS, Sedimentology and Geochemistry, Université Paris XI – Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris
  • BS, Geology and Biology, Université de Nantes (France)


Office Location:

Delehanty Hall, Room 327

  1. Personal website