Our research addresses the quantitative elucidation of biogeochemical reactions at low to hydrothermal temperatures and in both, inorganic and biologic systems.
We focus on three main aspects:
(1) the mechanisms and kinetics of mineral nucleation and growth and the associated speciation, sequestration or release/transport of various elements in Earth surface environments;
(2) the diversity, functions and adaptations of microbial life in extreme environments in geothermal and Arctic settings;
(3) development ofnovel high resolution electron imaging and spectroscopic tools as well as sample environment(liquid/ cryo SEM/ TEM) for the characterization of geomaterials.
Freeman, H., Mironov, B. E., Windes, W., Alnairi, M. M., Scott, A. J., Westwood, A. V. K., Brydson, R. M. D. (2017 online): Micro to nanostructural observations in neutron irradiated nuclear graphites PCEA and PCIB. - Journal of Nuclear Materials.