Understanding CO2 and H2 storage in geological formations

The subsurface plays a key role in addressing our ambitions to meet net-zero CO2 emissions targets, including for the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) or hydrogen. However, we do not have sufficient knowledge to predict the behaviour of subsurface systems. The field of reactive transport modelling is an important tool for addressing this extremely complex interplay of flow, transport and reactions occurring over various temporal and spatial scales in the subsurface. However, current state-of-the-art tools are not sufficient to understand reactive flow, as they do not allow real-time mapping of evolution of fronts (e.g. temperature, pressure, pH) critical to refine, validate and upscale simulations.
The aim of this work is to use replicas of porous subsurface structures in order to gain much needed dynamic data at the pore scale that can be incorporated into validated simulations coupling flow and reactive transport processes for CO2 or hydrogen storage.
The ground-breaking nature of this project will help to resolve the discrepancy between laboratory and field rates, as in-silico models will for the first time be based on dynamic data (both reactions and flow) at pore scale.
The successful candidate will work with the MILEPOST team funded by a prestigious ERC Award. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/3yaoDzQ

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If interested in this project, please contact Dr Omid Shahrokhi / Dr Amir Jahanbakhsh to arrange a discussion prior to making a selection.

Supervisor name: 
Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
M.Maroto-Valer@hw.ac.uk, o.shahrokhi@hw.ac.uk, A.Jahanbakhsh@hw.ac.uk

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Project location: 
RCCS lab in Coulson Building
Deputy name: 
Dr Omid Shahrokhi and Dr Amir Jahanbakhsh