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Veerle Vandeginste

Assistant Professor in Geochemistry, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Dr. Veerle Vandeginste obtained her Licentiate degree (MSci equivalent) in Geology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2001). She worked one year for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and then returned to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where she obtained her PhD in Science, Geology (2006). Subsequently, she worked for the Geological Survey of Belgium and obtained simultaneously a Certificate in Multidisciplinary Forensic Science (2007). In 2008, she started a postdoc at CEREGE (Aix-en-Provence, France). In 2009, she took up a position as Research Associate in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, where she was promoted to Research Fellow in 2012. She was a Co-Investigator on the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre project. Dr. Vandeginste is the recipient of the 2011 Stephen E. Laubach Research in Structural Diagenesis award. She became Subject Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society of London in 2014. In 2015, she was appointed as Assistant Professor in Geochemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and is affiliated with the British Geological Survey, as part of the GeoEnergy Research Centre.

Candidates interested in joining the research group should contact Dr. Vandeginste (veerle.vandeginste@nottingham.ac.uk). There is currently a fully funded PhD studentship (UK/EU) available to start as soon as possible. Please see the Future Research section on the research page for more information on this and other opportunities.

Research Summary

Dr. Vandeginste's current research relates to energy security, climate change, and geohazards. The aim of her multidisciplinary research is to deliver new solutions to optimize the use of geo-energy… read more

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Current Research

Dr. Vandeginste's current research relates to energy security, climate change, and geohazards. The aim of her multidisciplinary research is to deliver new solutions to optimize the use of geo-energy to achieve cost-efficient environment-friendly energy-security, to acquire new insights in past climate conditions. Her main research focuses on the chemistry of interfaces, in particular "fluid-rock interaction", linked with geoscience, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines. She leads the Geochemistry research group. More information on on-going research projects can be found on the research group website.

Past Research

Veerle has led cross-disciplinary research that extends beyond the boundaries of diagenesis, i.e. physicochemical changes that affect sediments (sedimentary rocks) from the time of deposition until the onset of metamorphism. This research has unlocked new fundamental scientific insights, and helped industrial demands in the field of energy. Her research also aimed to tackle societal concerns, such as climate change, global warming and geohazards (in particular earthquakes). Research topics she focused on involved Mississippi Valley type mineralization, thermochemical sulphate reduction process, dedolomitization, stylolitization, paleostress reconstruction based on fault slip analysis, sedimentology and CO2 transport and storage. One of her main research efforts was on dolomitization, in particular fracture-related dolomitization (including the generation of zebra dolomite textures).

Her research has been funded by a range of industrial companies, government, university and society grants, such as KU Leuven, BELSPO, TOTAL, Imperial College London, Qatar Petroleum, Shell, Qatar Science and Technology Park, IAS, BP, Geologists' Association and GDL Foundation.

Future Research

Candidates interested in joining the research group should contact Dr. Vandeginste (veerle.vandeginste@nottingham.ac.uk).

PhD studentships: A fully funded PhD studentship (UK/EU) is currently available. Formal applications should be made via http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx after contacting Veerle to discuss available projects. Additional opportunities are available through entry via the DTP in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy, the Envision - NERC DTP, and the CDT in Sustainable Chemistry.

Postdoctoral opportunities are available through several schemes. Candidates interested in joining the research group via one of the following or other schemes should contact Veerle directly. Excellent candidates will receive significant support.

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