Laurent Richard

School of Mining and Geosciences
Associate professor

Associate Professor, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University


       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


  • 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)