Reto Gieré

Reto Gieré



156 Hayden Hall


Reto Gieré investigates Earth materials, their response to geological forces, and their interaction with the environment and humans. He is engaged in research projects around the world and is dedicated to promoting the health of our fragile planet through teaching, mentoring and research. He obtained his Ph.D. at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), was a professor at Purdue University (USA), École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and the Universities of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Siena (Italy), and a visiting researcher at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation and at Argonne National Laboratory (USA). He is Editor of Journal of Petrology, Chief Editor of European Journal of Mineralogy, a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society (London), an Honorary Member of the Mineralogical Society of Slovakia, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Université de Haute-Alsace in France

  • Habilitation in Earth Sciences, Universität Basel, Switzerland
  • PhD in Mineralogy and Petrology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Diploma in Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Research Foci
Biogeochemistry and Global Environmental Change
Dynamics and Structure of Earth Materials
Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Sciences
Research Interests
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Energy and Waste
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Health Impacts of Atmospheric Pollution
Courses Taught

EESC 3100  Petrology

EESC 4200/6200  Geochemistry

ENVS 6840  Energy, Waste, and the Environment

EESC 3003  Penn in the Alps

EESC 1000 Earth Systems Science

Selected Publications

Gieré R., Nabukalu C. (2022): Charcoal as a global commodity: is it sustainable? United Nations Environment Program, World Environment Situation Room, Foresight Brief 030

Gieré R., Dietze V. (2022) Tire-abrasion particles in the environment. In: Heinrich G., Kipscholl R., Stocek R. (eds): Degradation of Elastomers in Practice, Experiments and Modeling; Advances in Polymer Science; Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg; pp. 31

Gieré R. (2022): Towards a more sustainable cement and concrete industry.  In: George G., Haas M.R., Joshi H., McGahan A.M., Tracey P. (eds): Handbook on the Business of Sustainability: The Organization, Implementation, and Practice of Sustainable Growth. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, p. 274-299

Nabukalu C., Gieré R. (2021): The status and future of charcoal in the energy transition era in sub-Saharan Africa: Observations from Uganda. In: Nalule V.R. (ed): Energy Transitions and the Future of the African Energy Sector: Law, policy and governance. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, p. 189-229

Gieré R., Smith W., Bandemehr A., Pepino R., Howarth M., Wyman M. (2020): The need to eliminate lead paint globally. UNEP World Environment Situation Room, Foresight Brief 021 

Maschowski C., Kruspan P., Arif A.T., Garra, P., Trouvé G., Gieré R. (2020): Biomass ash in cement systems: Influence of biomass type and processing technology on mortar quality. Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials

Vigliaturo R., Pollastri S., Gieré R., Gualtieri A.F., Dražić G. (2019): Experimental quantification of the Fe-valence state at amosite-asbestos boundaries using acSTEM dual-electron energy-loss spectroscopy. American Mineralogist 104, 1820-1828

Nabukalu C., Gieré R. (2019): Charcoal as an energy resource: global trade, production and socioeconomic practices observed in Uganda. Resources 8, 183

Sommer F., Dietze V., Baum A., Sauer J., Gilge S., Maschowski C., Gieré R. (2018): Tire abrasion as a major source of microplastics in the environment. Aerosol and Air Quality Research 18, 2014-2028

Gieré R. (2016): Magnetite in the human body: biogenic vs. anthropogenic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 113, 11986-11987

Könczöl M., Goldenberg E., Ebeling S., Schäfer B., Garcia-Käufer M., Gminski R., Grobéty B., Rothen-Rutishauser B., Merfort I., Gieré R., Mersch-Sundermann V. (2012): Cellular uptake and toxic effects of fine and ultrafine metal-sulfate particles in human A549 lung epithelial cells. Chemical Research in Toxicology 25, 2687-2703

Gieré R., Rumble D., Günther D., Connolly J., Caddick M.J. (2011): Correlation of growth and breakdown of major and accessory minerals in metapelites from Campolungo, Central Alps. Journal of Petrology 52, 2293-2334

Books: Gieré R., Stille P. (2004): Energy, Waste, and the Environment: a Geochemical Perspective. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 236, pp. 670


Fellowships and Honors
Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America
Fellow of the Geological Society, London
Honorary Member of the Mineralogical Society of Slovakia

Editorial Work
Editor, Journal of Petrology
Chief Editor, European Journal of Mineralogy

International Projects

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