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Ian Bourg
Ian Bourg

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse, 1999

Room: E416 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-4541

Webpage: Interfacial Water Group

Curriculum Vitae

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)

Research Interests

My lab group's research examines the geochemical and mass transport properties of porous media, with a focus on systems that are strongly influenced by interfacial liquid water (clayey soils, fine-grained sedimentary formations, nanoporous silica coatings, adsorbed water films in unsaturated media).  My research approach integrates atomistic simulations, laboratory experiments, and reactive transport models to gain insight into the manner in which the fundamental properties of surface water influence geochemistry and mass fluxes in porous media at the continuum scale.  At the present time, my group is investigating the barrier properties of natural and engineered clayey media (shale, mudstone, bentonite), trapping mechanisms in geologic carbon sequestration, and the molecular basis of kinetic isotope effects.

Research Areas
  • Clay mineral surface geochemistry
  • Geologic carbon sequestration
  • Kinetic isotope effects in aqueous systems
  • Liquid water at interfaces
  • Coupling between geochemistry, geomechanics, and mass fluxes in porous media

Updated: January 31, 2018