Imperial College London

Dr. Atefeh Vafaie

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Associate







Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am currently working as a Post-Doc in the Subsurface CO2 Research Group at Imperial. My research is focused on understanding fluid-rock interactions in porous media, central to various categories of CO2 storage technologies. This is in line with my ‎Ph.D. research on the investigation of the coupled chemo-hydro-mechanical processes in carbonate rocks in the context of geologic carbon storage.


  •  Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from University of Barcelona, 2023
  • Researcher in Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research-Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CISC), 2020-2023
  • Petroleum Engineer in National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC), 2017-2020
  • M.Sc. in Petroleum (Exploration) Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology, Ahwaz, Iran, 2015
  • B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), 2013   



Vafaie A, Cama J, Soler JM, et al., 2023, Chemo-hydro-mechanical effects of CO<inf>2</inf> injection into a permeable limestone, International Journal of Coal Geology, Vol:278, ISSN:0166-5162

Vafaie A, Cama J, Soler JM, et al., 2023, Chemo-hydro-mechanical effects of CO2 injection on reservoir and seal rocks: A review on laboratory experiments, Renewable &amp; Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:178, ISSN:1364-0321

Vafaie A, Kivi IR, Moallemi SA, et al., 2021, Permeability prediction in tight gas reservoirs based on pore structure characteristics: A case study from South Western Iran, Unconventional Resources, Vol:1, Pages:9-17

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