Chen Zhu

Chen Zhu

Professor of Geological Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health
Hydrogeology and Geochemistry

Office:   MSBII 424
Phone:   812-856-1884
Email:   chenzhu@indiana.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Research Interests

Geochemistry and isotopes. Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. Carbon sequestration. Geochemical modeling.

CO2-Water-Rock Interactions, Geological Carbon sequestration, Aqueous geochemistry

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.

Awards and Honors

Fulbright Scholarship, 2009

The John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award, National Ground Water Association, 2006

Lilly Freshman Learning Project Fellow (teaching), Indiana University, 2006

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2005

Guest Professorship, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland, 2004

Senior Associateship Award, National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, 2003

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Gilman Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University

J. Brian Eby Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University

Waters Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University

Bauernschmidt Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University

H. V. Ellsworth Prize in Mineralogy, University of Toronto

Service

Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2005-Present

Associate Editor, Ground Water, 2003-2005

Associate Editor, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 2002-2006; 2008Present

Member, proposal review panel, National Science Foundation, 2006

Member, proposal review panel, Department of Energy, 2006

Member, proposal review panel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2003

Member, proposal review panel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2001

Member, Faculty Advisory Board for The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), Indiana University Bloomington

Member, Owen Award Committee (2005-2006)

Member, Associate Instructor Assignment Committee (2005-)

Faculty meeting recorder (2004-2005)