Christopher Palenik Ph.D.

Palenik, Christopher
Position Department / Business Unit
Post Doctoral Fellow, Federal Bureau of Investigation Department of Geological Sciences
Institution Disciplines
University of Michigan Chemistry
City State / Provence
Ann Arbor Michigan
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1999, B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Geology University of Chicago; 2001, M.S. Geology University of Michigan; 2004, Ph.D. Geology, University of Michigan

Career Highlights

1999-present Graduate Student Research Assistant – Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory, University of Michigan. Duties include training on XRD, SEM, EMPA and TEM.

1999-2000 Graduate Student Instructor – Determinative Methods (GS-455). Teaching responsibilities include XRD, SEM, Microprobe, Raman, FTIR.

1993-present Microtrace, a forensic consulting laboratory specializing in the area of small particle identification using microchemistry and microscopy.


  • Alumni Board, University of Michigan, Department of Geological Sciences (2005-present)
  • Horace H. Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award (highest honor given to dissertations produced under the auspices of the University), University of Michigan (2005)
  • John Dorr Graduate Academic Achievement Award – Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan (2004)
  • Geological Society of America, Travel Grant (2004)
  • Best Paper Award for "Microanalysis of Radiation Damage Across a Zoned Zircon Crystal" at 25th Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management Conference, Materials Research Society National Meeting (2001)
  • Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, DOE, Fellowship Recipient (2002-2004)
  • Geological Society of America Travel Grant (2004)
  • Rackham Graduate Student Forum, Member (2002)
  • Scott Turner Research Grant (2001, 2002)
  • University of Michigan Geology Club, Co-President (2000-2002)
  • University of Chicago Dean’s List (1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99)


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