Areas of Expertise
- CO2 Sequestration
- Oil and Gas Systems
- Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Cole is a geochemist whose research spans a number of sub-disciplines in the geosciences and chemistry. His work addresses seven fundamental challenge areas: (a) reaction mechanisms, rates and transport processes of elements and isotopes in minerals, glasses and melts; (b) quantifying the spatial and temporal evolution of natural water-rock systems; (c) use of isotopic and mineralogical proxies to reconstruct past climates; (d) CO2 sequestration in geologic formations; (e) physical and chemical processes associated with unconventional gas shale systems; (f) evolution of micro- and nanoporosity in energy-related subsurface formations, and (g) the atomistic- and molecular-level behavior of carbon-bearing aqueous fluids in natural and engineered nanopores. He employs advanced electron microscopy, isotope ratio mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, and neutron scattering tools in concert with numerical models to quantify complex fluid-gas-matrix interactions from the nano- to the macroscale. He has applied these tools to quantify geochemical processes associated with CO2 geologic storage, oil and gas generation and migration, geothermal exploration and exploitation, and ore deposition. Research sponsorship include DoE’s Offices of Basic Energy Sciences and Fossil Energy, the A.P. Sloan Foundation and Ohio Coal Research and Development Program. He is Director of the Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory (SEMCAL), Director of the Center for Energy Research, Training and Innovation (CERTAIN), and Executive Committee Member of the Sloan Foundation funded Deep Carbon Observatory. He is also on Faculty Advisory Board and Faculty Research Program Lead for the OSU Sustainability Institute. He is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society of America.
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