Physics and Chemistry of Deep Carbon Bearing Fluids and Minerals

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Physics and Chemistry of Deep Carbon Bearing Fluids and Minerals Physics and Chemistry of Deep Carbon Bearing Fluids and Minerals Our direct knowledge of the forms of carbon-bearing materials in the Earth and of the carbon pathways and cycles within our planet is limited to few tens of kilometers of depth. Understanding the forms of carbon present at deep Earth conditions and their dynamics requires a thorough knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of carbon bearing fluids in contact with minerals, under extreme conditions. The major goal of the PCC directorate is to provide such fundamental scientific knowledge by a set of combined experimental and theoretical investigations focused on: (i) thermodynamics and equation of state (EOS) of C-H-O fluids under pressure; (ii) real time dynamics, transport properties and kinetics of processes involving C-H-O fluids under pressure; (iii) mineral-fluid interactions (e.g. C-H-O fluids with oxides and silicate melts) at deep Earth conditions, including catalysis under pressure, metastable phases and the existence of new carbon materials. Our direct knowledge of the forms of carbon-bearing materials in the Earth and of the carbon pathways and cycles within our planet is limited to few tens of kilometers of depth. Understanding the forms of carbon present at deep Earth conditions and their dynamics requires a thorough knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of carbon bearing fluids in contact with minerals, under extreme conditions. The major goal of the PCC directorate is to provide such fundamental scientific knowledge by a set of combined experimental and theoretical investigations focused on: (i) thermodynamics and equation of state (EOS) of C-H-O fluids under pressure; (ii) real time dynamics, transport properties and kinetics of processes involving C-H-O fluids under pressure; (iii) mineral-fluid interactions (e.g. C-H-O fluids with oxides and silicate melts) at deep Earth conditions, including catalysis under pressure, metastable phases and the existence of new carbon materials.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date11/1/1110/31/13

Funding

  • Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation: $120,000.00

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