X-ray micro- computed tomography image of Bentheimer sandstone

Lab Overview

The experimental hydrogeology group is focused on understanding fundamental physics and mechanisms of fluid, gas, and solute transport in heterogeneous porous and fractured media. The image above illustrates the complexity of the pore space that fluids navigate as they flow through these natural subsurface systems. Our approach is to using in situ imaging—such as X-ray computed tomography and positron emission tomography—combined with analytical and numerical models to describe flow processes in these complex geologic systems across time and length scales. Due to the fundamental nature of this approach, and the ubiquity of fluid transport in porous media, this work has important applications across a range of important environmental and geological processes including contaminant migration in the vadose zone, fluid flow through fractured systems, colloid transport in the subsurface, and carbon dioxide transport and immobilization in carbon storage projects.

Upcoming conferences

Recent Conferences and Presentations

Trondheim CCS Conference, June 2019: Trondheim, Norway

Presented: In Situ Quantification of Capillary Pressure During Spontaneous Imbibition in Carbon Storage Reservoirs

Interpore 11th Annual Meeting, May 2019: Valencia, Spain

Presented: Positron Emission Tomography in Water Resources and Subsurface Energy Resources Engineering Research

AGU Fall Meeting, December 2018: Washington DC

Presented: Multimodal Imaging and Simulation for Improved Quantification of Effective Porosity and Surface Area in Basalt Carbon Storage Reservoirs