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Chen Zhu

Professor of Geological Sciences
and (adjunct) Public and Environmental Affairs

Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

Associate Editor, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology

Phone: (812) 856-1884
Fax: (812) 856-2223
Email: chenzhu @ indiana.edu

Education:

  Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

  Post-doctoral Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Research Interests & Expertise

I study the chemistry of water and its reactions with minerals and rocks. Through these reactions, water acquires chemical constituents and isotopic signatures. The chemical and isotopic signatures are useful to map the movement of fluid flow and allow us to calculate the in situ rates of chemical reactions under geological conditions. On a global scale, these chemical reactions are a key component of the interactions between the Earth’s hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. Many fundamental processes in Earth’s geological systems, such as chemical weathering, diagenesis, and the movement, distribution, and global cycling of chemical elements are related to these interactions.


How water reacts with minerals and rocks is not merely an intellectual curiosity. Many urgent environmental concerns are intimately related to these interactions. These include water quality, depleting water and mineral resources, remediating environmental pollution, and mitigating the global warming trend (e.g., geological carbon sequestration).

 

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