Bastien
Wild

Ph.D. Biogeochemistry

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01/17/2020
Nominated for the prestigious Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists!

I have been nominated by Princeton University to the Blavatnik Regional Award, which acknowledges the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from all disciplines.

01/15/2020
Spring 2020 conference schedule confirmed

I will present our latest research at the American Chemical Society's Spring 2020 Meeting and at the American Ceramic Society's GOMD 2020.

12/17/2019
2020 Carbon Mitigation Initiative

I have been selected to represent Princeton's postdoctoral research at the annual meeting of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative Meeting

08/27/2019
First Princeton study accepted!

We follow up in situ the formation of amorphous phases at the fluid-mineral interface during Silicate dissolution which has important consequences for the global carbon cycle and a number of low-carbon technologies. Check it out in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

03/19/2019
Laureate of the 2019 OZCAR Prize!

My co-authors and I have received the 2019 OZCAR Prize from the French network of Critical Zone Observatories for our recent study published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. This work was conducted at the OHGE Critical Zone Observatory.

12/31/2018
Measure of mineral weathering in the field: manuscript accepted

Our manuscript on in situ measurement of silicate mineral weathering rates and associated microbial diversity has just been accepted for publication in GCA.

05/31/2018
Study featured!

Our recent microcosm study published in Geology has been featured by The French National Organization for Scientific Research (CNRS).

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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 material. The design of products with a reduced carbon footprint and optimized performances requires ...

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Publications

Last update: 01/10/2020
Year Publication Cited by
2019
Physical Properties of Interfacial Layers Developed on Weathered Silicates: A Case Study Based on Labradorite Feldspar

B Wild, D Daval, JS Micha, IC Bourg, CE White, A Fernandez-Martinez

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123 (40), 24520-24532

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2019
Acid‐induced dissolution of andesite: evolution of permeability and strength

JI Farquharson, B Wild, ARL Kushnir, MJ Heap, P Baud, B Kennedy

Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 124 (1), 257-273

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2019
In-situ dissolution rates of silicate minerals and associated bacterial communities in the critical zone (Strengbach catchment, France)

B Wild, D Daval, E Beaulieu, MC Pierret, D Viville, G Imfeld

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 249, 95-120

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2018
Experimental study and numerical simulation of the dissolution anisotropy of Tricalcium Silicate

V Robin*, B Wild*, D Daval, M Pollet-Villard, A Nonat, L Nicoleau

Chemical Geology 497, 64-73 *Equal contribution from the first two authors.

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2018
Early stages of bacterial community adaptation to silicate aging

B Wild, G Imfeld, F Guyot, D Daval

Geology 46 (6), 555-558

2
2017
Dynamics of altered surface layer formation on dissolving silicates

D Daval, S Bernard, L Rémusat, B Wild, F Guyot, JS Micha, F Rieutord, ...

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 209, 51-69

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2017
Experimental study of dissolution kinetics of K-feldspar as a function of crystal structure anisotropy under hydrothermal conditions

M Pollet-Villard, D Daval, P Ackerer, GD Saldi, KG Knauss, B Wild, B Fritz

Procedia Earth and Planetary Science 17, 165-168

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2016
pH-dependent control of feldspar dissolution rate by altered surface layers

B Wild, D Daval, F Guyot, KG Knauss, M Pollet-Villard, G Imfeld

Chemical Geology 442, 148-159

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2016
Does crystallographic anisotropy prevent the conventional treatment of aqueous mineral reactivity? A case study based on K-feldspar dissolution kinetics

M Pollet-Villard, D Daval, P Ackerer, GD Saldi, B Wild, KG Knauss, B Fritz

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 190, 294-308

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2012
The men of Nelson's navy: A comparative stable isotope dietary study of late 18th century and early 19th century servicemen from Royal Naval Hospital burial grounds at Plymouth and Gosport, England

P Roberts, S Weston, B Wild, C Boston, P Ditchfield, AJ Shortland, ...

American journal of physical anthropology 148 (1), 1-10

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Export Citation Report (Scopus)

9 research articles, h-index: 5

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. They 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.

Microbiology

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

Digital

In addition to basic digital skills, I am currently training to Molecular Dynamics simulation codes to investigate nanometer-scale mechanisms.

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