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

Geochemistry Department Core Capabilities

The Geochemistry Department has expertise in isotopic geochemistry, reactive transport modeling, experimental mineral-water kinetics and thermodynamics, molecular geochemistry and nanogeoscience, soil geochemistry, and mineralogy. The department has five major thrust areas as described below:

Molecular Geochemistry and Nanogeoscience

This research field studies the fundamental, molecular-scale phenomena that underpin biogeochemical processes in the natural world and includes a significant effort addressing the properties and environmental roles of natural nanoparticles. Read more »

Isotope Geochemistry

The Center for Isotope Geochemistry (CIG) includes stable isotope and noble gas isotope laboratories; an analytical chemistry laboratory; the Inductively Coupled Plasma Multi-Collector Magnetic Sector mass spectrometry laboratory; and a thermal-ionization mass spectrometry laboratory located on the UC Berkeley campus. Read more »

Reactive Transport Modeling

This effort involves simulation and study of coupled mineral-water-gas reactive transport in unsaturated porous media. Read more »

High Temperature Geochemistry

Our bench-scale studies utilize hydrothermal reactors of various types that permit experiments at temperatures up to 400°C and pressures up to 200MPa. Read more »

Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemical Cycling

This expertise includes synchrotron-based spectromicroscopic techniques, which are being used to unravel the chemical and physical heterogeneity of natural samples and quantify ecosystem biogeochemical cycling. Read more »