Bastien
Wild

Ph.D. Biogeochemistry

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About Me

I am a distinguished post-doctoral fellow at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. My current project aims to investigate dissolution and precipitation processes at the fluid-silicate interface, in collaboration with Prof. Ian Bourg and Prof. Claire White.

My primary area of research is the biogeochemical reactivity of mineral interfaces. I defended in 2017 my Ph.D. thesis, entitled "Microstructural changes and microbial diversity associated to silicate weathering - Influence on dissolution kinetics from the laboratory to the field". This work was supervised by Dr. Gwenaël Imfeld and Dr. Damien Daval at the University of Strasbourg. I previously completed a training at École Normale Supérieure de Paris to obtain B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from Sorbonne Université and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Université Paris Diderot.

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Research interests

Mineral weathering across scales.

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Dissolution processes Laboratory experiments

My research primarily aims to determine the kinetic consequences of microstructural changes occurring at the reactive interface in the course of silicate dissolution. I have shown that ...

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Bioweathering
Field experiments

I design field experimental setups that enable direct probing of mineral reactivity and associated microbial diversity. The aim is to determine the factors governing ...

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Industrial applications
Concrete research

Cement is one of the most widely used silicate materials. Optimizing its performance requires a comprehensive picture of the mechanisms underlying its reactivity. We combine ...

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Teaching

From textbooks to the field.

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Introduction to thermodynamics

B.Sc. level

I took part in this introductory thermodynamics course—targeted towards Earth Science students—as a seminar teacher. Through a series of exercises and practical classes, I introduced students to key concepts of classical thermodynamics such as state functions, 1st, 2nd and 3rd laws, chemical potential and chemical transformations.

Course: Earth Sciences, 2nd year

Coordinator: T. Weber

Total: 26 hours

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Magnetic survey

B.Sc. level

I took charge of a practical workshop designed to introduce students to geophysical surveying. Specifically, I covered the practical aspects of magnetic data acquisition and treatment.

Course: Earth Sciences, 2nd year

Coordinator: F. Beck

Total: 12 hours

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Matlab Programming

B.Sc. level

Series of seminars and tutorials to familiarize students with programming. Students were introduced to key concepts (variables, operators, loops, functions, etc.) and to the main Matlab features dealing with scientific calculation, graphical outputs and Monte Carlo methods.

Course: Earth Sciences, 3rd year

Coordinator: A. Maggy

Total: 26 hours

Skills

Within the wide field of Biogeochemistry.

Mineralogy

I am using analytical tools in order to track textural and structural transformations occuring in the solid phase.

Geochemistry

Methodologies that I am using to predict, perform and control chemical transformations of minerals.

Microbiology

I have been trained in a series of techniques to investigate microbial diversity associated with mineral weathering processes.

Digital

Even in experimental science, a couple of digital skills are unavoidable.

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