David Cole

Professor, Ohio Research Scholar
Regular Faculty

Dr. Cole is a geochemist whose research interests [pdf] span a number of sub-disciplines in the geosciences and chemistry, and includes both low temperature and high temperature studies. His work has focused on six fundamental challenge areas in the Earth Sciences: 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) chemical, mineralogical and isotopic behavior during biomineralization; d) use of isotopic and mineralogical proxies to reconstruct past climates; e) CO2 sequestration in geologic formations; and f) development of nanoporosity and the molecular-level behavior of fluids in nanopores. He employs microscopy, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and neutron scattering tools in concert with numerical models to quantify complex fluid-gas-matrix interactions. He has applied these tools to quantifying geochemical processes associated with CO2 storage, oil and gas generation and migration, geothermal exploitation, and ore deposition. He has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters and proceedings papers. Current research sponsors include the DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and the Office of Fossil Energy. He has served as an Associate Editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta and the American Mineralogist. He was co-organizer of the 2010 Goldschmidt Conference held in Knoxville, TN in 2010. He is Director of the OSU Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory (SEMCAL) and Chair of the Deep Energy Community of the Sloan Foundation funded Deep Carbon Observatory http://deepcarbon.net/.  He is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.

David Cole CV [pdf]

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Areas of Expertise
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Geochemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

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