Subsurface CO2 Research Group
We have several PhD opportunities for the 2022/23 intake. Please see the following descriptions and contact Sam Krevor with any interest:
A number of assessments suggest that the widespread storage of CO2 in deep subsurface sedimentary rocks will be needed to avoid dangerous climate change. Inspired by these issues, a central challenge to our research concerns the ability to model and predict injected CO2 movement and immobilization in the subsurface, to maximize the use of pore space, and to minimize risks of leakage to the atmosphere.
Our research aims to answer critical questions related to the regional and global scale capacity for CO2 storage. We have made advances in the field of fluid flow through porous media, including an exploration of the reservoir scale impacts of small scale heterogeneity, and the pore scale fluid dynamics underlying the use of Darcy’s law to model two-phase flow. Advances in these fields required the development of novel tools in the 3D high resolution X-ray imaging and modeling of subsurface fluid flow central to the rapidly emerging field of digital rock physics.