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My group is interested in probing and understanding the behavior of natural materials in aqueous environments. We focus on mineral dissolution, crystallization, and transformation at different physiochemical conditions and in the presence inorganic, organic, and biochemical additives as well as living microorganisms. Our approaches include in situ (by using fluid cell Atomic Force Microscopy) and ex situ (through batch-type reaction) experimental explorations. We tackle relevant problems from both thermodynamic and kinetic points of view. Scientifically, our research aims at unraveling reaction processes and mechanisms at crystal-water interfaces. Specific studies are directly applicable to geosciences, environmental sciences, and materials sciences.



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