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Physical-Chemical Processes in Subsurface Energy Systems

Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

About the Project

The project outlines the modelling and experimental research focused on subsurface energy systems including geological carbon storage and geothermal energy. The physical chemical processes in these applications play a critical role in the overall behaviour of the system. For example, scaling near well, geochemical reaction in the caprock and seal, geochemical reactions near wellbore.

The Integrated Multiscale Porous Media Research Group (IMPRES) has an established track record in developing novel experimental and computational models for diverse energy applications. The PhD student will aim to further develop the existing models focused on reactive flow and transport processes.

The PhD student needs to be competent in programming (e.g. C++, FORTRAN), familiar with linear algebra and numerical solution of partial differential equations. The PhD student needs to have excellent team working to collaborate with other team members in IMPRES. Additionally, professional writing of reports and scientific papers is essential for this project.

For further information please contact Dr Vahid Niasar:

About IMPRES group:

IMPRES group - established in 2014 by Dr. Vahid Niasar- develop computational and experimental techniques to investigate multiphase flow, reactive transport, solid-fluid and fluid-fluid interfaces, and non-classical theories of porous materials to address fundamental problems in engineering and natural applications such as reservoir engineering, hydrogeology, environmental engineering, agricultural engineering, fuel cells, and membrane. Our mission is to enhance the in-depth understanding of fundamental porous media processes as well as to improve the numerical upscaling methods for multi-scale coupled problems.

Current research portfolio covers:
Fundamentals of multi-phase flow in porous materials,
Crop-soil interaction and nutrient cycles,
Micro-model experiments and image analysis,
Digital rock simulations and experiments,
Pore-to-continuum scale multiphysics modelling,
Multiscale and hybrid modelling.

As well as applications:
Contaminant transport and soil remediation,
Food security and agriculture,
Fuel cells and membranes,
Geological CO2 sequestration modelling,
EOR (LowSal, ASP),
Unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.

Funding Notes

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 in engineering disciplines with evident high-quality track record in engineering mathematics, computer programming and simulations

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