Lauren Beckingham, currently an Assistant Professor at Auburn University in Alabama (formerly a postdoctoral fellow in the Energy Geosciences Division), was selected as one of the Postdoctoral Researcher Winners of the Energy Frontier Research Center’s (EFRC) 2015 Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Competition.
Beckingham was selected as one of 16 finalists from more than 50 nominations to present a talk at the 2015 EFRC Principal Investigators’ Meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 26-27, 2015. At the meeting, teams of DOE program managers selected the top three graduate students and postdoctoral researchers based on how well the research exemplified the opportunities provided by the EFRC funding modality, scientific excellence, and topical diversity.
The abstract of Beckingham’s presentation on “The Role of Advanced Reactive Surface Area Characterization in Improving Predictions of Mineral Reaction Rates in Subsurface Porous Media“ can be found here (page 6). Her research team (as part of the Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2 (NCGC), an EFRC led by Berkeley Lab) includes Berkeley Lab’s Carl Steefel, Li Yang, Marco Voltolini, Tim Kneafsey, Don DePaolo, and Jonathan Ajo-Franklin; and others from the University of California, Berkeley; Ohio State University; Synchrotron SOLEIL; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).
Beckingham and the other winners received an award certificate from Harriet Kung, Associate Director of the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, during a ceremony at the end of the meeting.
Read more about all the 2015 award winners from the EFRC Community Website.