Interfacial Water Group
Princeton University
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Group Members

Ian C. Bourg, Assistant Professor (CV)

Ian's research examines the properties of interfacial water in porous media, particularly clay-rich soils and sedimentary environments. He holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Baptiste Dazas, Postdoctoral Fellow

Baptiste's research examines the nanogeochemistry of water and ions near clay mineral surfaces. His current focus is on the dielectric properties of clay minerals as revealed by experimental and atomistic simulation approaches. His research is part of a DOE Basic Energy Sciences project in Geochemistry led by Benjamin Gilbert at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He received his PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble.

Greeshma Gadikota, Postdoctoral Fellow (CV)

Greeshma's research interests include the adsorption of gases in nanoporous media with applications related to the geologic storage of CO2, enhanced gas recovery, tracers for subsurface gas migration, and nuclear waste storage. Her research at Princeton is supported by the Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2, a DOE-supported Energy Frontiers Research Center. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.

Jennifer Willemsen, PhD student

Jennifer joined Princeton as a PhD student in Fall 2015 after graduating from Haverford College with a BS in Chemistry. She is interested in the geochemical interactions between emerging organic contaminants and clay minerals. Her research combines experimental work and molecular dynamics simulations. Jennifer's research is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute through the Water and the Environment Challenge.

Emily Wei-Hsin Sun, PhD student

Emily joined Princeton as a PhD student in Fall 2016 after graduating from McGill University with a BS in Chemistry. Emily's research is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute through the Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

Xinyi Shen, PhD student

Xinyi joined Princeton as a PhD student in Fall 2016 after graduating from Peking University with a BEng in Energy and Resources Engineering and a BS in Computer Science. Xinyi's research is supported by the US DOE Office of Science through the Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2.

Francisco Carrillo, PhD student

Francisco was raised in both Costa Rica and Mexico. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is now working towards a PhD in the same field. He has a background in electrochemistry and microfluidics. Francisco's research is supported by the US DOE Office of Science through the Geosciences Program.

Ayumi Koishi, Visiting PhD student

Ayumi is spending six months at Princeton as a visiting PhD student from the University Grenoble Alpes. Her research uses lab- and synchrotron/neutron-based techniques to understand mineral nucleation in the context of biomineralization processes. At Princeton, her focus is on using MD simulations to understand how hydrophobicity modulates the properties of interfacial water. She holds a MS in Environmental Geosciences from the University of Lausanne.

Marie Collin, Visiting PhD student

Marie is spending three months at Princeton as a visiting PhD student from the French Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy Commission. Her research examines water in nanoporous silica gel in order to better quantify the long-term alteration rates of silicate minerals and nuclear waste glasses. At Princeton, her focus is on using MD simulations to understand the impact of surface charge on water dynamics in nanopores.

Vinicius Amaral, Undergraduate student (CV)

Vinicius is a senior student in the Geoengineering track, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Princeton. His interests range from ion exchange at solid-water interfaces to the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, contaminants, and trace compounds in the ocean. He is designing adsorption experiments to observe cesium cation exchange reactions on illite clay.









































About our research

Our group examines the fundamental properties of water at interfaces and their impact on chemistry, mechanics, and mass fluxes in natural systems. More

Recent publications

Ian's paper in ES&T reviews current knowledge of the basic science of CO2 trapping in geologic formations.

Ian's paper in ES&T Letters examines the permeability and mechanics of shale and mudstone. More

MD simulation workshop

Michael Holmboe, Laura Lammers, Karol Kulasinski, and Ian will lead a workshop on MD simulations of geochemical systems at the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference. More