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Prof. Zimeng Wang Received the 2020 IAGC Ebelmen Award
Published:2020-05-21 Hits:434

The International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC) recently released its official announcements of its awards for 2020. Dr. Zimeng Wang, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Fudan University, was selected for the IAGC Ebelmen Award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments the field of environmental geochemistry. As one the three major academic awards bestowed by IAGC, the Ebelmen Award was established in 2007 in honor of a French chemist, Jacques-Joseph Ebelmen (1814-1852). It can be awarded biennially to a geochemist of particular merit and outstanding promise less than 35 years old.  The recipient will be profiled on the Magazine Elements and the award will be conferred in the plenary session of subsequent major international geochemical meetings such as the Goldschmidt conference.


Dr. Zimeng Wang received a B.S. from Fudan University in 2009, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, followed by postdoctoral research at Stanford University. He was a faculty member at Louisiana State University, before returing to the faculty of his alma mater. At Fudan, he teaches soil chemistry courses and directs an environmental geochemistry program. With an expertise on mineral-water interfaces, he is interested in diverse aspects of aquatic geochemical processes, from fundamental aqueous speciation of heavy metals and radionuclides to pollution characterization and remediation at field sites. He received the Ebelmen Award from the International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC), an “Excellence in Review Award” by Environmental Science & Technology, and the Li Foundation Heritage Prize for Excellence in Creativity. He was an active member in the Association of Chinese-American Professors of Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) and now serves as its China Liaison Officer. He also serves on editorial positions for prominent scholarly journals such as Applied Geochemistry and Chemical Engineering Journal Advances.

About Ebelmen

Jacques-Joseph Ebelmen (1814-1852) was a French chemist and a professor at Ecole des Mines.  He was a pioneer in the study of the chemical weathering of silicate minerals and basaltic rocks by carbonic acid. From his analysis of the decomposition products of weathered rocks and their sediments, Ebelmen proposed the existence of a deep carbon cycle in which volcanic gases return to the atmosphere and ocean the carbon dioxide buried in organic remains and carbonate rocks. This work was largely forgotten for 150 years, until it was rediscovered and promoted by Robert A. Berner of Yale University. The Ebelmen Award, given out by the International Association of GeoChemistry, is named in his honor. His name is one of the 72 names inscribed on the Eiffel Tower. (modified from Wikipedia)

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