Laurent Richard

Department
School of Mining and Geosciences
Title
Associate professor
Office
6.203
Email
laurent.richard@nu.edu.kz
Phone
9069

Associate Professor, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University

Education

       Ph.D. in Geochemistry, 1993, University of Strasbourg, France

Teaching and professional experience

       1993-1996: Post-doctoral fellow, University of California at Berkeley

       1996-1997: Post-doctoral researcher, Elf-Aquitaine (now Total)

                             Marie Curie training grant from the European Commission

       1998-2002: Research Associate, University of California at Berkeley

       2002-2009: Associate professor, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France

       2009-2017: Consulting geochemist, Barcelona, Spain

                            Research projects with oil companies, nuclear waste agencies,

                             and research institutions

       2017: Associate Professor, School of Mining and Geosciences

Teaching

  • Thermodynamics of geological processes phase relations, T-P diagrams for metamorphism, mineral-solution equilibria, redox processes, water-rock interactions, mass transfer

        Applications: diagenesis of petroleum reservoirs, formation of ore deposits (U, Ni), hydrothermal processes at mid-ocean ridges

  • General geochemistry

Training of graduate students

  • Rakhim Uteyev, Ph.D., 2011, now geologist at KazMunayGas

         Geochemistry of sulfur in petroleum systems, with special emphasis on the Caspian Sea

  • Ambrose Kiprop, Ph.D., 2010, now Professor at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

          Synthesis of fulvic-acid-like compounds and complexation studies with uranium

  • Undergraduate and M.Sc. students, too many to go into the details

Current research interests

  • Thermodynamic properties of hydrocarbons and the upper temperature limit for petroleum stability in deep sedimentary basins
  • Thermochemical sulfate reduction – development of a quantitative thermodynamic model of oil destruction and H2S generation in carbonate reservoirs
  • Hydrothermal alteration of ultrabasic rocks (peridotites) at mid-ocean ridges: generation of hydrogen (H2) and light abiogenic hydrocarbons (C1-C4)