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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Ian C. Bourg

Biographical Summary

Ian Bourg is a career-track Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2004.  His research uses molecular- and pore-scale simulation techniques to investigate the fundamental properties of solid-water interfaces.

Current Research

A major focus of Ian's research is on the uses of fine-grained geologic materials (such as shales and engineered clay barriers) in CO2 sequestration, high-level radioactive waste management, and contaminant fate and transport.  Ian's research on CO2 sequestration is carried out under the auspices of the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2, an Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC).  Ian's other research interests include adsorption at mineral-water interfaces and the use of kinetic isotope effects to examine the rates and mechanisms of geochemical phenomena.  Detailed descriptions of Ian's research can be found on his group website.

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).