I am at heart a chemical engineer who likes studying processes that take place in the Earth's subsurface. My research combines laboratory experiments and models to provide answers to fundamental questions on the physics of fluid flow and phase-equilibria in rocks and other porous media. Examples include the study of supercritical gas adsorption in pore spaces or the characterization of single- and multi-phase flows in rocks. I apply multidimensional imaging techniques, such as x-ray CT or PET, to relate physical observations to the complex structure of porous materials. Answers to these research questions are applicable to a variety of applications and include the sequestration of CO2 into deep geological formations with or without hydrocarbon recovery, shale gas extraction, enhanced oil recovery, geothermal energy and groundwater hydrology.
QATAR COMPLEX POROUS MEDIA LAB
Opened at the end of 2015, the Qatar Complex Porous Media Laboratory is the most recent addition to the QCCSRC research hub at Imperial College London. The lab is dedicated to the study of flow, transport and storage mechanisms in porous systems, including reservoir- and cap-rocks, with relevance to CO2 storage and hydrocarbon recovery operations. More information on the lab can be found here.
Since September 2017 | Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
2015 - 2017 | Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
2013 - 2014 | Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (CO), USA
2010 - 2013 | Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University (CA), USA
2009 - 2010 | Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - 2009 | PhD (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich), Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1999 - 2004 | M.Sc. ETH Zurich, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
et al., 2020, Enhanced selective adsorption desulfurization on CO2 and steam treated activated carbons: Equilibria and kinetics, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol:379, ISSN:1385-8947, Pages:1-11
Hwang J, Pini R, 2019, Supercritical CO2 and CH4 uptake by illite-smectite clay minerals, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:53, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:11588-11596
et al., 2019, Spatial mapping of fracture aperture changes with shear displacement using X-ray computerized tomography, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Vol:124, ISSN:2169-9313, Pages:7320-7340
Hosseinzadeh Hejazi SA, Shah S, Pini R, 2019, Dynamic measurements of drainage capillary pressure curves in carbonate rocks, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol:200, ISSN:1873-4405, Pages:268-284
Pini R, Joss L, 2019, See the unseen: applications of imaging techniques to study adsorption in microporous materials, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, Vol:24, ISSN:2211-3398, Pages:37-44