Mr. Thomas J. Quick

Mr. Thomas J. Quick

Title: Associate Professor of Instruction
Research Specialty: Analytical Geochemistry
Dept/Program: Geosciences
Office: CRH 66A
Phone: 330 972-6935
Fax: 330 972-7611
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Analytical Geochemistry

Research Interests

Thomas Quick joined the department in 1983. His duties include maintaining the department's analytical equipment and instructing students in the operation of this equipment. He is also involved with the design and fabrication of new equipment. His projects range from building a light weight tripod for taking cores in the Bahamas, to designing electronic recording devices for measuring various environmental parameters. Mr. Quick's first recorder measured temperature in hourly intervals. Other temperature recorders were developed to run continuously over a six month period. Water level recorders were developed to measure tidal fluctuations on selected inland lakes in the Bahamas and groundwater fluctuations in monitoring wells of the Bahamas. Other environmental recorders include barometric pressure and conductivity. The conductivity recorder can log data twice a day over a one year period. Mr Quick holds one patent for a battery powered vacuum unit, a device used for the filtration of water samples out in the field. He has also developed several graphic computer programs for the analysis and interpretation of geochemical data.


Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, T.F. and Hong, C., 2013, Radon Monitoring System for Earthquake Prediction: Patent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent No. 8,459,096

Chyi, L.L. and Quick, T.J., 1995, Gas Removal Apparatus: Patent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent No. 5,438,324.

Quick, T.J., 1989, Battery Powered Vacuum Unit: Patent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent No. 4,863,593.


Bertel, D., Peck, J.A., Quick, T.J., Senko, J.M. (2012). Iron transformations induced by acid-tolerant Desulfosporosinus species. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, no.78, p. 81-88.

Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, T.F. and Chen, C.H. (2012). Radon and earthquake forecasting, in Handbook of Radon: Properties, Applications, and Health, ed. Li, Z., and Feng, C., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., p.179-209.

Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, T.F. and Chen, C.H. (2011). The origin and detection of spike-like anomalies in soil gas radon time series, Geochemical Journal, no.45, v. 6, p. 431-438.

Senko, J.M., Bertel, D., Quick, T.J. and Burgos, W.D. (2011). The influence of phototrophic biomass on Fe and S redox cycling in an acid mine drainage-impacted system, Mine Water and the Environment, v. 30, p. 38-46.

Senko, J. M., Bertel, D., Quick, T.J. and Burgos, W.D. (2010). The Influence of Phototrophic Biomass on Fe and S Redox Cycling in an Acid Mine Drainage-Impacted System. Mine Water and the Environment. DOI: 10.1007/s10230-010-0123-3.

Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, T.F. and Chen, C.H. (2010). The experimental investigation of soil gas radon migration mechanisms and its implication in earthquake forecast, Geofluids,  p. 556-563.

Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, T. F., and Chen, C. C. (2006). Soil radon time series and earthquake monitoring: Proceedings of International Brainstorming Session on Geochemical Precursors for Earthquakes (in print).

Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, F.T. and Chen, C.H. (2005). Soil Gas radon spectra and earthquakes, Terrestrial, Atmospheric, and Oceanic Sciences, no. 16, v. 4, p.763-774.

Chyi, L.L., Quick, T.J., Yang, T.F., and Chen, C.H., (2003), Soil gas radon spectra and earthquake Prediction: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Geochemistry, p. 31-32.

Kunze, A.G., and Quick, T.J. (1994). Tidal Water Level Fluctuations in Water Wells on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists, 31(1), 75-89.

Kunze, A.W.G., Quick, T.J., and Gross, G.D., (1991), Measurements of tidal water table fluctuations in well field north of Cockburn Town, San Salvador, Bahamas: in Bain, R.J., (ed) Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium on the Geology of the Bahamas, Bahamian Field Station, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, p. 151-161.

Teeter, J.W., and Quick, T.J. (1990). Magnesium-salinity relation in the saline lake ostracode Cyprideis americana. Geology, 18(3), 220-222.

Corbett, R.G., Manner, B.S. and Quick, T.J., (1990). Reaching the best high-school sophomores and juniors with a three-week research-based summer program in geochemistry: Journal of Geological Education, v. 38, p. 207.

Foos, A. M., & Quick, T.J. (1988). Preparation of Oriented Clay Mounts with Uniform Thickness for XRD Analysis: RESEARCH METHOD PAPER. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 58(4).

Chyi, L.L., Barnett, R.G., Burford, A.E., Quick, T.J. and Gray, J. (1987). Coalification patterns of the Pittsburgh Coal: their origin and bearing on hydrocarbon maturation, International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 7, p. 69-83.

Corbett, R.G., and Quick, T.J. (1986). Battery-Powered Field Filtration Assembly Using an Inexpensive Mini-Compressor. Journal of Geological Education, 34(3), 196-97.

Quick, T.J., Cardarelli, N.F., Ellin, R.J. and Sherman, L.R. (1981) Controlled Release Temephos: Laboratory and Field Evaluations. ed. Lewis, D.H. Controlled Release of Pesticides and Pharmacuticals. New York: Plenum Press, 1981 Print. ISBN 9781475707397.


  • M.S., Geology (Coal Geology), The University of Akron, 1983
  • B.S., Natural Science Geology, The University of Akron, 1979
  • A.S., Chemistry, The University of Akron, 1976


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