PhD, 1991, Université d’Orléans, France Website: www.kenig-ogl.org www.kenig-ogl.org/fabien-kenig.html
Biogeochemistry, Organic geochemistry, Stable isotope geochemistry, Paleoceanography, Life in extreme environments
Sometimes identified as an organic geochemist or a biogeochemist, I prefer to consider myself a geologist. I use organic and stable isotope geochemistry as tools to address issues in earth and environmental sciences.
I direct the Organic Geochemistry Laboratory at UIC. This laboratory is equipped to isolate, quantify, and identify organic compounds collected in samples from the geosphere, and includes gas chromatographs coupled to mass spectrometers (GC-MS) as well as a comprehensive multidimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) and a GC×GC coupled to a time of flight mass spectrometry (GCxGC-TOF MS).
Presently, my major Earth Science projects involve paleoceanography and paleobiology. Biomarkers (molecular fossils) are used to define the paleo-water column structure in ancient oceans in order to provide strong constraints for paleoceanographic circulation reconstruction. Biomarkers are also used to provide information on biological processes during the Paleoproterozoic and the Archean. I also study life in extreme environments and uses metabolites as proxies for bacterial processes in both low flow hydrothermal systems of oceanic ridge crusts away from mid-ocean ridges and in the ~x1000 years old cryo-encapsulated brine of Lake Vida (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica). I am also interested in modern environmental issues, such as the distribution of bisphenol-A in aquatic systems and the concentration of toxic polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) derived from crankcase oil on roads as well as open and enclosed parking structures. I enjoy the diversity of these projects as I believe that overspecialization can result in scientific sterility. Selected Publications:
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