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Eric H. OELKERS is a Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry at the University College London and CNRS research director with the GET laboratory in Toulouse, France. Eric also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Iceland. Eric received B.Sc degrees in Chemistry and Earth Science from MIT before completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He  is the coordinator of the CO2-REACT European Research and Training Networks as well as a partner in the MET-TRANS, MINSC, and ISO-NOSE networks. More information about these European Research networks is given below.

Eric is currently co-editor of Geochemical Perspectives and is principle organizer of the 2015 Goldschmidt conference to be held in Prague during August 2015. He has previously served as President of the European Association for Geochemistry, director of the Geochemical Society, co-editor in Chief of Chemical Geology, associate editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and guest editor of Elements. Eric has made substantial contributions to the understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of water-rock interactions.

MAJOR RECENT RESEARCH THEMES:

 AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
- Quantifying rates and mechanisms of weathering of the Earth’s surface
- Experimental measurement and interpretation of mineral dissolution/precipitation rates
- CO2 sequestering and role of chemical weathering on global CO2 cycles
- Modeling of extent and consequences of diffusive/dispersive/advective transport of chemical species in surface, ground water, diagenetic, and metamorphic systems.
- Experimental characterization of radioactive and stable isotope fractionation during fluid-mineral interactions.

- Quantifying the global cycles of the elements

- The chemistry and management of global resources

 

EUROPEAN RESEARCH NETWORKS

Eric is involoved in three major European Union network projects:

Carb-Fix
The CarbFix project is designed to optimize industrial methods for storing CO2 in basaltic rocks through a combined program consisting of, field scale injection of CO2 charged waters into basaltic rocks, laboratory based experiments, study of natural analogues and state of the art geochemical modeling. A second and equally important goal of this research project is to generate the human capital and expertise to apply the advances made in this project in the future. (www.carb-Fix.com)

Geological Carbon Storage (CO2-REACT). The objectives of the CO2-REACT network are: (1) to provide urgently needed training in CO2 storage preparing candidates for critical roles in the coming years and (2) to significantly advance understanding of the fate and consequences of CO2 injection into the subsurface during carbon storage efforts. For more information about the project, please click here.

Mineral Scale Formation (MINSC). MINSC is a European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) that addresses the current and future challenges of mineral scale formation. The research themes of MINSC relate to the mechanisms of nucleation, growth and inhibition of mineral scale formation through experimental and field projects. Scale formation is encountered in a large number of industries including paper-making, chemical manufacturing, cement operations, food processing, as well as non-renewable, (i.e., oil and gas) and renewable (i.e., geothermal) energy production. To learn more about MINSC, please click here.

Metal Transport in the Environment (MET-TRANS). MetTrans is a four-year Marie Curie Initial Training Network of leading European research groups in both academic and industrial institutions, which addresses outstanding issues in the migration of metals in the environment. http://www.mettrans-itn.eu/


Isotopic Sools as Nsvel Ssnsors of Earth Processes (ISO-NOSE)  IsoNose is a four-year Marie Curie Initial Training Network of leading European research groups in both academic and industrial institutions, aimed to develop new isotope tolls to understand the functioning of processes controlling the glonal cycles of the elements and global climate..


 




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