Winton Cornell

winton cornell

Applied Associate ProfessorKeplinger Hall L135-B

The main focus of my work since coming to The University of Tulsa in 1990 has been applications of microanalysis to the characterization of geological and man-made materials. The work has been enabled through use of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive x-ray chemical analysis (EDX), electron microprobe analysis (PROBE), and digital image analysis. The projects have included characterization of volcanic rocks, ore deposit minerals, seafloor hot-spring minerals, oilfield rocks, semiconductors, catalytic materials, refractory ceramics, battery materials, etc.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island,¬†School of Oceanography (1987)

Areas of Research Focus

  • Physical and Chemical Volcanology
  • Microanalysis; Geohazards
  • Science Education

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1991-2008, The University of Tulsa

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 1987-1990;
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Visiting Fellow, Geological Survey of Canada, Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits Division
  • 1986-1987,
    Marine Research Associate, University of Rhode Island

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Mineralogical Society of America
  • Microscopy Society of America

Courses Taught at TU

  • Earth Resources (GEOL 2053)
  • Geological Hazards (GEOL 2063)
  • Physical Geology (GEOL 1014)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007-2005: AMTEL, $90,000; cumulative three-year succession of open-ended PO's for X-ray diffraction study of (gold) ore deposit mineral-processing fractions.
  • 2005-2002, OCAST, W. Potter and W. Cornell, Automotive Catalysts: Materials-Development Interns, $60,250
  • 2008-2006: Burlington Resources/COP, $125,000; cumulative two-year succession of open-ended PO's for X-ray diffraction and Electron Microscopy study of carbonate reservoir rocks, Williston Basin and elsewhere
  • 2005-2003, S. Mitra and W. Cornell, Oklahoma EPSCOR, Nanomaterials Workshop and Website for Oklahoma Teachers, $107,000; URL:
  • 2007-2003: Syntroleum Corporation, $125,000; cumulative five-year succession of open-ended PO's for X-ray diffraction and Electron Microscopy study of catalyst materials used in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.


  • A Pre-Freshman Research Experience: A Recruitment and Retention Aid
    Cornell, Winton C. and Tapp, J. Bryan: GSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (2006)
  • Depleted melt inclusions in MORB plagioclase: messages from the mantle or mirages from the magma chamber?
    Michael, Peter J., McDonough, William F., Nielsen, Roger L., and Cornell, Winton C.: Chemical Geology 183 (1-4): 43-6; 2002
  • Eustatic Signals in Deep-Marine Sedimentary Sequences Recovered at ODP Site 978, Alboran Basin, Western Mediterranean Sea
    Marsaglia, Kathleen M., Fukusawa, Hitoshi, Cornell, Winton C., Skilbeck, C.G., Meyers, Philip A., Prasad, Manika, and Klaus, Adam: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 74: 378-390 (2004)