Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Ian C. Bourg

Ian Bourg portrait

Ian C. Bourg

Scientist


Clay Minerals Surface Geochemistry group

Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2

 

 

 

 

Phone: 510-486-7393

Fax: 510-643-2940

Email: icbourg@lbl.gov

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Biographical Summary

Ian Bourg holds B.Eng and M.Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  In 2009, he joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a career-track Scientist.  Since 2011, he has been on the executive committee of the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2, a DOE-supported Energy Frontiers Research Center.  He also leads the Clay Minerals Surface Geochemistry group.  His research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of liquid water at interfaces.  At the present time, his group is using atomistic and continuum scale modeling techniques to probe the properties of natural and engineered clay barriers, the nanoscience of geologic carbon sequestration, and the molecular basis of kinetic isotope effects.  He has published a textbook (Introduction to Carbon Capture and Sequestration), edited a volume of Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (Geochemistry of Geologic CO2 Sequestration), and published 18 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Education

  • BEng, National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Toulouse, France, Chemical Engineering (1999).
  • MSc, National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Toulouse, France, Chemical Engineering (1999).
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, CA. Civil and Environmental Engineering (2004).

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - present: Scientist (career-track), Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • 2008: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago.
  • 2005 - 2009: Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Teaching Experience

  • LecturerCarbon Capture and Sequestration, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014.
  • Teaching AssistantWater Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2003.
  • Teaching AssistantEnvironmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2002, Spring 2003.

Research Support

  • US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES) funding for the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2, an Energy Frontiers Research Center.
  • US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES) funding for Interconnections Between the Dynamic Processes that Control the Formation, Evolution and Reactivity of Environmental Interfaces.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program funding for Isotopic Probe of Ion Migration Processes in Li-ion Batteries.
  • US Department of Energy, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), allocation of 8.5 M CPU hours (2014).

Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Geophysical Unions (AGU)
  • Clay Minerals Society (CMS)
  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

Honors & Awards

  • Plenary Keynote presentation, 5th International Meeting on Clays in Natural and Engineered Barriers for Radioactive Waste Confinement, Montpellier, France (2012).
  • Winner, US DOE "Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research" video competition, for the video Carbon in Underland (2011).
  • Doctoral Fellowships (Joseph Dias Fellowship, Eugene Henry Fellowship), Environmental Engineering Group, UC Berkeley (2000, 2002).
  • Doctoral Fellowship, French Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (ANDRA) (1999-2002).
  • Leonardo Scholarship, European Union (1999).