Academics

Chris Sinton

Degrees: Ph.D. Oceanography (Marine Geology). Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 1996; M.S. Oceanography (Marine Geology). Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 1992; B.A. Geology. Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. 1988

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Portrait

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable materials (recycling)
  • Renewable energy
  • Water resources
  • Processing of engineered ceramics and glass
  • Igneous petrology/mineralogy

Professional Background

Chris has been at the University of Redlands since 2007. Prior to that, he was an adjunct assistant professor in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont and the CEO of a start-up materials technology company (CSL Materials LLC). Up to 2003, he was the director of the EPA-supported Center for Environmental and Energy Research at Alfred University in western New York State. He also served as an adjunct professor at the New York School of Ceramics at Alfred.

Sinton is the author of Raw Materials for Glass and Ceramics: Sources, Processing, and Quality Control (2006, Wiley & Sons) and a co-editor of Science of Whitewares II (2000, American Ceramic Society). He is an author of seventeen peer-reviewed articles and five proceedings papers. He has been a PI or co-PI on thirteen grants from state and federal agencies.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • EVST100 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • EVST 260 Environmental Geology
  • EVST 210 Energy and the Environment
  • EVST 220 Physical Geography
  • EVST 235 Environmental Impact Assessment

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. Oceanography (Marine Geology)
    Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1996
  • M.S. Oceanography (Marine Geology)
    Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1992
  • B.A. Geology
    Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 1988

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 2004-2006 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
  • 1999-2003 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science: Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Professional Experience

  • Co-Founder, CSL Materials LLC, Alfred, NY
    Partner of a start-up materials technology development and consulting company specializing in commercial ceramics and glass. Clients and partners include Shell Oil, Rio Tinto Minerals, AluChem, Owens-Illinois Containers, Refractron, and Saint Gobain
  • Principal, C.W. Sinton Consulting, Middlebury, Vermont
    Independent consultant in industrial ceramic/glass raw materials and renewable energy. Conducted global market study on rare earth minerals
  • Director, Center for Environmental and Energy Research Alfred University, Alfred, NY
    Created and managed program for research and education center in environmental and energy sustainability. Funded by EPA and NYS Energy Research and Development Authority ($1 million/year)
  • Assistant Director, Whiteware Research Center, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
  • Post-doctoral Researcher in Glass Science, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY (Advisor: Dr. William LaCourse)
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI (Advisor: Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson)
  • Research Assistant, ICF/Clement International (Environmental Risk Analysis), Fairfax, VA

Awards, Honors and Grants

Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowship - Argentina, 2008
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth Sciences-University of Rhode Island - 1996-1997

Grants Received

  • HP Technology for Teaching ($77,000) – co-PI with B. McIntyre (Univ. Redlands) - 2008
  • National Science Foundation-German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) ($17,650) Corrosion of Silicate Glass Ceramics by Oxide Melts and Impacts on Glass Recycling, co-PI with PI S. Misture (Alfred University) and co-PIs L. Wondraczek and J. Deubener (Technische Universität Clausthal).
  • 2004 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, ($66,727) Selective Batching for Improved Commercial Glass Melting, co-PI with W. Carty (Alfred), Guardian Glass, and U.S. Borax
  • 2004 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, ($17,420), Renewable Installer Insurance Assistance Program, project manager with subcontractors Four Winds Renewable Energy and the NYS Solar Industry Association.
  • 2002 US Department of Energy, ($40,000) Selective Batching for Improved Commercial Glass Melting, co-PI with W. Carty (Alfred), Guardian Glass, and Unimin
  • 2002 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, ($22,000) Demonstration of Solar Water Pumping and Pond Aeration Systems for New York State Agriculture, jointly with Four Winds Renewable Energy and Sullivan Trail Resource Conservation and Development.
  • 2002 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ($30,000), Campus Wind Turbine Lab, with sub-contractor AWS Scientific
  • 2001 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ($50,000), Feasibility Study of Gasification of Hybrid Willow and Benefits to NYS Agriculture, co-PI with C. Pian (Alfred) and T. Volk and L. Abrahamson (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry).
  • 2001 New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets ($19,300) Demonstration and Marketing of Photovoltaic-Powered Water Pumping Systems in New York State, jointly with 4 Winds Renewables and Kyocera Solar.
  • 1998 National Science Foundation ($61,950), A Geochemical Investigation of the Tortugal Komatiites of Costa Rica, two-year research grant, co-PI with R. Larson (University of Rhode Island) and B.Hanan and D. Pyle (San Diego State).

Publications

Books

Sinton, C.W., 2006, "Raw Materials for Glass and Ceramics: Sources, Processing, and Quality Control," John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York

Carty, W.M. and Sinton, C.W. (eds.), 2000, "Science of Whitewares II," Am. Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio, 354 p.

Book Chapters and Peer-Reviewed Articles

Sinton, C.W., 2004, "Glass and energy," in Encyclopedia of Energy, Cleveland, C. (ed.), Academic Press.

Sinton, C.W., Crawford, A., Seeger, J., Wondraczek, L., Deubener, J. and Misture, S., 2008, "High-temperature reactions between soda-lime-silicate glass and lithium aluminosilicate glass-ceramics," Glass Technology, v. 49 (3), p. 133-138.

Sinton, C.W., Carty, W.M., "Energy Analysis of the Selective Batching Technique for Commercial Glass," Proc. ACerS Glass & Opt. Mat. Mtg. 2007, Hall, M. and Click, C. (eds.), John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Sinton, C.W., 2005, "Is there a place for renewable energy in ceramic and glass manufacturing?,"  American Ceramic Society Bulletin, v. 84 (10), p. 18-21.

Carty, W.M., Kim, U., and Sinton, C.W., 2004, "Selective batching for improved commercial glassmelting," American Ceramic Society Bulletin, v. 83 (10), p. 28-32.

Sinton, C.W. and LaCourse, W.C., 2001, "Experimental survey of the chemical durability of commercial soda-lime-silicate glasses," Materials Research Bulletin, v. 36 (13-14), 2471-2479.

Sinton, C.W., LaCourse, W.C., and O'Connell, M.J., 2000, "Variations in K+ - Na+ ion exchange depth in commercial and experimental float glass compositions," Materials Research Bulletin, v. 34 (14), 2351-2359.

Sinton, C.W., Sigurdsson, H., and Duncan, R.A., 2000, "Geochronology and petrology of the igneous basement at the Lower Nicaraguan Rise, Site 1001, ODP Leg 165, Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program," Scientific Results, v. 165, 233-236.

Sinton, C.W., Duncan, R.A., Storey, M., Lewis, J., and Estrada, J.J., 1998, "An oceanic flood basalt province within the Caribbean Plate," Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 155, p. 221-235.

Sinton, C.W., Hitchen, K. and Duncan, R.A., 1998, "40Ar-39Ar geochronology of silicic and basic volcanic rocks on the margins of the North Atlantic," Geological Magazine, v. 135, p. 161-170.

Sinton, C.W. and Duncan, R.A., 1998, "40Ar-39Ar ages of lavas from the southeast Greenland margin, ODP Leg 152, and the Rockall Plateau, DSDP Leg 81, Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program," Scientific Results, v. 152, 387-402.

Sinton, C.W. and Duncan, R.A., 1997, "Ocean plateau volcanism and global ocean anoxia: Hydrothermal links at the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary," Economic Geology, v. 92, 836-842.

Sinton, C.W., Duncan, R.A., and Denyer, P., 1997, "The Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: A single suite of Caribbean oceanic plateau magmas," Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 102, p. 15507-15520.

Alvarado, G.E., Denyer, P., and Sinton, C.W., 1997, "The 89 Ma Tortugal komatiitic suite, Costa Rica: Implications for a common geological origin in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific region from a mantle plume," Geology, v. 27, p. 439-442.

Kerr, A.C., Marriner, G.F., Tarney, J., Nivia, A., Saunders, A.D., Thirlwall, M.F., and Sinton, C.W., 1997, "Elemental and isotopic constraints on the petrogenesis and origin of Cretaceous basaltic terranes in Western Colombia," Journal of Petrology, v. 38, p. 677-702.

Sinton, C.W., Christie, D.M., and Duncan, R.A., 1996, "Geochronology of Galápagos seamounts," Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 101, p. 13689-13700.

Sinton, C.W., Christie, D.M., Coombs, V.L., Nielsen, R.L., and Fisk, M.R., 1993, "Near-primary melt inclusions in high anorthite plagioclase from the Galapagos Platform." Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 119, p. 527-537.

Coish, R.A. and Sinton, C.W., 1992, "Geochemistry of mafic dikes in the Adirondack mountains: implications for late Proterozoic continental rifting." Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 110, p. 500-514.


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