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.

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.

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