Joan E. Curry

Joan Curry
Associate Professor
Cardon Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellow
Saguaro Hall, 309

Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0038

Office Phone: 
(520) 626-5081
Lab Phone: 
(520) 626-5266
(520) 621-1647

B.S.,1982, Chemistry, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
Ph.D.,1992, Chemistry, University of California, Davis.

2018 - Cardon Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellow - CALS University of Arizona

2016 - David E. Cox Faculty Teaching Award - CALS University of Arizona

2013 - Research Career Development Award - CALS University of Arizona

7/05 - present.  Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona
7/03 – present.  Associate Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona
7/95 – 6/03.  Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona
11/94 – 6/95.  Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Applied Mathematics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
8/92 – 6/95.  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University.
9/88 – 9/92.  Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of California Davis.
5/82 – 5/88.  Active Duty Naval Officer, highest rank: Lieutenant

Interests include: Chemistry at Interfaces Important in Lubrication and Adhesion, Biomacromolecular Interactions, Organized Molecular Assemblies, and Environmental Systems

My field of research is interfacial chemistry, which is a focus within physical chemistry. Within interfacial chemistry, I focus on chemistry of molecules at the interfaces where solids and liquids come together. The term solid here includes mineral and bacterial surfaces found in soils and sediments, metal and oxide machine surfaces and cell surfaces found in the human body. Molecules can be water and ions that bathe soil surfaces, organics that lubricate machine parts and large biomacromolecules, such as proteins and lipopolysaccharides, attached to cells that mediate cell adhesion. My specific interests are (1) determining the effect of confinement on liquids in general and lubricants in particular and (2) characterizing the adhesive properties of cell surface biomacromolecules.

Active Learning in Collaborative Learning Spaces:

  ENVS 210 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Sustainability

  ENVS 340 - Environmental Chemistry

  ENVS 397A - Teaching Workshop

  ENVS 464/564 - Environmental Organic Chemistry

  ENVS 572 - Interfacial Chemistry of Biomolecules in Environmental Systems

Journal Articles

Heo, C. H., J. G. Dorn, R. M. Maier and J. E. Curry. 2008. Unraveling bacterial adhesion: Directly measuring bacteria-surface interactions. Biophys. J., in preparation.

Chaves, L. H. G., J. E. Curry, D. Stone, and J. Chorover. 2007. Fate of nickel ion in (II-III) hydroxysulphate green rust synthesized by precipitation and coprecipitation. Revista Brasileira de Ciencia do Solo. 31(4), 813-818.

Brown, T., C. Chang, B. Heinze, P. Hollinger, J. Kittleson, K. Macdow, D. Reavis, J. Curry and M. Riley. 2007. Development of an inducible three colour bacterial water colour system. IET Synthetic Biology, 1, 21-24.

Cheol Ho Heo, Raina M. Maier and Joan E. Curry. 2006. Directly Measuring the Adhesive and Elastic Properties of Bacteria using a Surface Force Apparatus: Effect of Desiccation. in Mechanotransduction and Engineered Cell-Surface Interactions, edited by M.P. Sheetz, J.T. Groves, D. Discher (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 925E, Warrendale, PA), BB01-07.

Kim, S., K. Cho and J. E. Curry. 2005. Measurements of Thickness Compressibility of an n-Octadecyltriethoxysilane Monolayer Self-Assembled on Mica. Langmuir, 21, 8290-8296.

Cushman, J. H. and J. E. Curry. 2004. The Complex Behavior of Simple Fluids in Nanoscale Restricted Geometries. In: Dynamics and Friction in Submicrometer Confining Systems. Ed. Y. Braiman, J.M. Drake, F. Family, and J. Klafter. Oxford University Press. pg 157-180.

Curry, J. E. and S. Kim. 2004. Adhesion Between Surfaces Coated with Self-Assembled Monolayers: Effect of Humidity. In: Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Eds. J. A. Schwarz, C. Contescu, and K. Putyera. Marcel Dekker, New York. pg. 1-9.

Kim, S., H. K. Christenson and J. E. Curry. 2003. n-Octadecyltriethoxysilane Monolayer Coated Surfaces in Humid Atmospheres: Influence of Capillary Condensation on Surface Deformation and Adhesion. J. Phys. Chem. B, 107, 3774-3781.

Su, Zhen, J. H. Cushman, and J. E. Curry. 2003. Computer simulation of anisotropic diffusion in monolayer films confined between mica surfaces. J. Chem. Phys., 118, 1417-1422.

Kim, S., H. K. Christenson and J. E. Curry. 2002. The Effect of Humidity on the Stability of an Octadecyltriethoxysilane Monolayer Self-assembled on Untreated and Plasma-treated Mica. Langmuir, 18, 2125-2129.

Farrell, J., J. Luo, P. Blowers and J. E. Curry. 2002. Experimental, Molecular Mechanics, and Ab Initio Investigation of Activated Adsorption and Desorption of Trichloroethylene in Mineral Micropores. Environ. Sci. Technol., 36, 1524-1531.

Kim, S. and J. E. Curry. 2002. Humidity effect on the Stability of an octadecyltriethoxysilane monolayer self-assembled on mica. Thin Films: Preparation, Characterization and Applications. Eds. M. P. Soriaga, J. L. Stickney, L. A. Bottomley, and Y. G. Kim, Kluwer, New York, NY. pg. 309-317.