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Bill Carey


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E-Mail: bcarey@lanl.gov

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Research Interests

  • Geologic sequestration of CO2
  • Wellbore integrity in the design of geologic sequestration
  • Mineral sequestration of CO2
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of mineral/fluid interactions, particularly in zeolites, clays, and cements
  • Geochemistry in concrete durability, including specialty concrete design
  • Research methods include calorimetry, sorption studies, phase equilibria, aqueous chemistry, kinetic analysis, and computer modeling



  • Ph.D., 1991, Harvard University, Dept. of Earth Sciences
  • M.S., 1985, University of Oregon, Dept. of Geology
  • B.A., 1982, University of Wisconsin, Dept. of Geology


  • 2008 - Present: Scientist IV, Principal Investigator for three carbon sequestration programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2003 - 2008: Team Leader, Earth and Planetary Materials, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2003 - 2006: Principal Investigator, Laboratory Directed Research & Development Project (Science of Geologic Sequestration)
  • 1995 - 2003: Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1993 - 1995: Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1991 - 1993: Materials Scientist for biomedical implants, ETEX Corporation, Cambridge, MA
  • 1991: Lecturer in geology, Tufts University, Medford, MA



Wigand, M., Kaszuba, J. P., Carey, J. W., and Hollis, W. K. (in press) Geochemical effects of CO2 sequestration on fractured wellbore cement at the cement/caprock interface. Chemical Geology.

Viswanathan, H. S., Pawar, R. J., Stauffer, P. H., Kaszuba, J. P., Carey, J. W., Olsen, S. C., Keating, G. N., Kavetski, D., and Guthrie, G. D., Jr. (2008) Development of a hybrid process and system model for the assessment of wellbore leakage at a geologic CO2 sequestration site. Environmental Science & Technology 42(19): 7280-7286.

Wigand, M., Carey, J. W., Sch&uulm;tt, H., Spangenberg, E., and Erzinger, J. (2008) Geochemical effects of CO2 sequestration in sandstones under simulated in-situ conditions of deep saline aquifers. Applied Geochemistry 23: 2735-2745.

Carey, J. W. and Lichtner, P. C. (2007) Calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) solid solution model applied to cement degradation using the continuum reactive transport model FLOTRAN. In Mobasher, B. and Skalny, J., editors, Transport Properties and Concrete Quality: Materials Science of Concrete, Special Volume, pp. 73-106. American Ceramic Society; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Carey, J. W., Wigand, M., Chipera, S., WoldeGabriel, G., Pawar, R., Lichtner, P., Wehner, S., Raines, M., and Guthrie, G. D., Jr. (2007) Analysis and performance of oil well cement with 30 years of CO2 exposure from the SACROC Unit, West Texas, USA. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 1: 75-85.

Lichtner, P. C. and Carey, J. W. (2006) Incorporating solid solutions in geochemical reactive transport equations using a kinetic discrete-composition approach. Geochimica Acta 70: 1356-1378.

Bish, D. L., Carey, J. W., Chipera, S. J., and Vaniman, D. T. (2006) The importance of mineralogy at Yucca Mountain. In Macfarlane, A. M. and Ewing, R. C., editors, Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste, pp. 217-235. MIT Press.

Vaniman, D. T., Bish, D. L., Chipera, S. J., Fialips, C. I., Carey, J. W., and Feldman, W. C. (2004) Magnesium sulphate salts and the history of water on Mars. Nature 431: 663-5.

Fialips, C. I., Carey, J. W., and Bish, D. L. (2005) Hydration-dehydration behavior and thermodynamics of chabazite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69: 2293-308.

Bish, D. L. and Carey, J. W. (2001) Thermal behavior of natural zeolites. In Bish, D. L. and Ming, D. W., editors, Natural Zeolites: Occurrence, Properties, Applications, pp. 403-452. Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC.

Fridriksson, T., Carey, J. W., Bish, D. L., Neuhoff, P. S., and Bird, D. K. (2003) Hydrogen bonded water in laumontite II: Experimental determination of site-specific thermodynamic properties of hydration of the W1 and W5 sites. American Mineralogist 88: 1060-1072.

Wilson, C. J., Carey, J. W., Beeson, P. C., Gard, M. O., and Lane, L. J. (2001) A GIS based hillslope erosion and sediment delivery model and its application in the Cerro Grande burn area. Hydrological Processes 15: 2995-3010.

Carey, J. W. and Bish, D. L. (1997) Calorimetric measurement of the enthalpy of hydration of clinoptilolite. Clays and Clay Minerals 45: 826-833.

Guthrie, G. D., Jr. and Carey, J. W. (1997) A simple environmentally friendly, and chemically specific method for the identification and evaluation of the alkali-silica reaction. Cement and Concrete Research 27: 1407-1417.

Rubin, J. B., Carey, J. W., and Taylor, C. M. V. (1997) Enhancement of cemented waste forms by supercritical CO2 carbonation of standard Portland cements. In American-Nuclear-Society Topical Meeting on Decommissioning, Decontamination and Reutilization of Commercial and Government Facilities; September 7-12, 1997; Knoxville, TN,pp. 473-478.

Carey, J. W. and Bish, D. L. (1996) Equilibrium in the clinoptilolite-H2O system. American Mineralogist 81: 952-962.

Carey, J. W. (1995) A thermodynamic formulation of hydrous cordierite. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 119: 155-165.

Carey, J. W. (1993) The heat-capacity of hydrous cordierite above 295-K. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 19: 578-583.

Carey, J. W. and Navrotsky, A. (1992) The molar enthalpy of dehydration of cordierite. American Mineralogist 77: 930-936.

Carey, J. W., Rice, J. M., and Grover, T. W. (1992) Petrology of aluminous schist in the Boehls Butte region of northern Idaho - geologic history and aluminum-silicate phase relations. American Journal of Science 292: 455-473.

Marvin, U. B., Carey, J. W., and Lindstrom, M. M. (1989) Cordierite-spinel troctolite, a new magnesium-rich lithology from the lunar highlands. Science 243: 925-8.


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