David Cole

Professor, Ohio Research Scholar
Regular Faculty

Dr. Cole is a geochemist whosePDF icon research interests [pdf] span a number of sub-disciplines in the geosciences and chemistry. His work has focused on 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) geochemical evolution of fluids and mudstones in unconventional gas shale systems; (f) evolution of micro- and nanoporosity in energy-related subsurface formations, and (g) the molecular-level behavior of C-O-H fluids in nanopores. He employs 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 quantifying geochemical processes associated with CO2 storage, oil and gas generation and migration, geothermal exploitation, and ore deposition. He has published 225 journal articles, book chapters and peer reviewed proceedings papers. Current research sponsors 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 OSU Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory (SEMCAL), Interim 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 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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