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Dr Dom Wolff-Boenisch

Dr Dom Wolff-Boenisch Dr Dom Wolff-Boenisch

MSci, PhD (Mainz, Germany)

Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Department Department of Applied Geology
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 312.210
Phone 08 9266 2960
Email Domenik.Wolff-Boenisch@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Domenik has joined Curtin University at the end of 2011 coming from the University of Iceland where for the last four years he has been the Project Director of the Icelandic partner of the international Carbfix consortium. The Carbfix project is about capture of CO2 from geothermal activities and subsequent sequestration into basaltic terrain (www.carbfix.com). Among his responsibilities there was the set-up and direction of a high P/T lab for the execution of experiments related to water-rock interactions in the presence of CO2 (http://www.or.is/English/Projects/CarbFix/WhyCarbFix/Laboratory/) and the supervision of PhD students (http://www.or.is/English/Projects/CarbFix/Participants/). Prior to that position, he was a Research Scientist at UC Riverside and UC Merced in the US studying the CO2 drawdown capacity of the Higher Himalayas and the biogeochemistry of uranium. Domenik started his career with a PhD in environmental geochemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 1997 and went on to work as environmental consultant in Spain until 2001. He then moved on a European Marie Curie RTN postdoc fellowship to his first research stint to Iceland dealing with different aspects of the weathering kinetics of volcanic glasses.

Research Interests

At Curtin, Dom will sign responsible for experimental research as well as modelling into key geochemical aspects of geothermal heat extraction from the Perth Basin, such as the scaling potential and the effect of non-compressible formation gases on the fluid chemistry during heat production, heat exchange, and subsequent injection. Further tasks will include the development of a downhole sampling device to take in-situ gas-fluid samples and determination of key parameters such as pH/DIC under formation conditions. Dom's other research activities focus on low T water-rock interactions, as related to chemical weathering and mineral carbon sequestration. His former work on volcanic glass weathering has earned him more than 170 citations to date and he maintains collaborations with Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh on the biogeochemistry of basalt-microbe interactions. He also continuous his consulting functions for the Carbfix project in Iceland as well as for a new carbon sequestration lab being installed at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, under the auspices of Jiwchar Ganor, Professor of Geochemistry.

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Publications

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2004

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1999

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1997

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Additional publication categories

2016

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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