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  Modelling and Experiments on Subsurface Engineering Applications

   Department of Chemical Engineering

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  Dr V Niasar  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Porous media research has a very wide range of applications such as subsurface energy. To understand the subsurface energy systems, such as geological carbon storage and hydrogen storage, it is important to physics of multiphase flow and transport in porous media. CO2 or hydrogen storage in subsurface involved complex two-phase flow, phase change, reactive transport, geochemical and microbial reactions which can be better understood by developing novel experimental and computational research.

This project aims to address the fundamental research using novel micro and core-scale experiments (e.g. optical imaging, X-ray imaging) and computations (e.g. pore to continuum-scale model development).

Entry Requirements

The applicant should be familiar with “flow and transport in porous media” and ideally should have a 1st or 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in hydrogeology engineering, petroleum engineering, civil, mechanical, or chemical engineering.

Successful candidates will be enrolled in the 3.5-year Ph.D. program of the School of Chemical Engineering. Starting date is September 2022.

The successful PhD candidate will be a member of the IMPRES (Integrated Multiscale Porous media Research) team, which has been recently established. IMPRES team focused on diverse problems of porous media applications across different scales through advanced computational and experimental methods. The state-of-the-art micromodel lab, access to DIAMOND synchrotron and microCT imaging facilities are some of the available experimental facilities.

Application Information

Information about the application process and a link to the online application form can be found at

You MUST make contact with the lead project supervisor before submitting an application.

When completing the application include the name of the lead project supervisor as the potential supervisor.

Enquiries about this project can be sent to Dr Niasar - [Email Address Removed] as the lead project supervisor. The Admissions team in Chemical Engineering can be contacted at [Email Address Removed] with any queries you may have regarding the application process.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 

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