Principal Investigator

Ruben Juanes

I am a geoscientist with a strong interest in the physics of multiphase flow in porous media. My research focuses on advancing our fundamental understanding and predictive capabilities of the simultaneous flow of two or more fluids through rocks, soils and other porous materials. Research in my group combines theory, simulation and experiments that elucidate fundamental aspects of multi-fluid flow, which we then apply for prediction of large-scale Earth science problems in the areas of energy and the environment.

Research Scientists

David Castineira

I am currently a research scientist at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research interests include modeling multiphase flow in porous media, advanced data assimilation and machine learning techniques. My current work focuses on developing new quantitative solutions for coupled flow and geomechanics with applications to induced seismicity/earthquake triggering.

Research Affiliates

Luis Cueto

I am a research scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research interests include the physics of multiphase flow in porous media, numerical analysis, and computational fluid dynamics. My current work focuses on pattern formation in immiscible displacements.


Peter

I am a research affiliate at MIT and a research scientist at Korea Institute of Science and Technology. I received PhD from MIT in 2014 and worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Earth Resources Laboratory at MIT from 2014 to 2015. My research interests include modeling of flow and transport in porous and fractured media, joint inversion for subsurface characterization and coupled flow and geomechanics.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Abdelaziz Beljadid

I am a Postdoctoral associate in Ruben Juanes Group. I received my PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics from Pierre and Marie Curie University-Paris VI and in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa. My research interests are in the areas of Applied Mathematics and Civil Engineering, and include: Numerical methods for PDEs, Computational fluid dynamics, and Hydraulics. My current research aims at developing phase-field models and computational methods that can simulate multiphase flow in porous media.


Marie Julie Dalbe

I am a Postdoctoral associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I received my PhD in Universite Lyon 1, France. My main research interest is fracture mechanics, from peeling adhesive tape to fracturing in granular media.


Ehsan Haghighat

I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I received my Ph.D. from McMaster University in 2014. Before joining MIT, I was holding Forming Technologies Incorporated’s Lead Mechanics position where I was responsible for the development of a new sheet metal forming simulator. My research interest spans different areas of physical modeling including but not limited to mechanics of solids and fluids, multiphase flow, fracture and damage, plasticity, and contact besides numerical methods. Here, I will be working on modeling of induced seismicity in reservoirs with faults considering their coupled Multiphysics response.


Alina Tyukhova

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I received my PhD in ETH Zurich in 2015. I am applied mathematician with strong interest in numerical modeling of coupled flow and geomechanics problems. I currently work on modeling induced seismicity in geothermal fields.


Zhibing

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research focuses on modeling multi-phase flow and transport in porous and fractured media, with applications to geological storage of CO2, contaminant remediation, etc.

Graduate Students

Mohammad Aladwani

I am a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research interests include numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics and phase-field modeling of multiphase flow in a porous medium.


Josimar Alves da Silva Junior

I am a graduate student at the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science (EAPS) Department. By combining numerical modeling and experimental work I am interested in investigating the interaction between subsurface stresses (geomechanics) and fluid flow in porous and fractured media. Before my graduate studies I spent over five years in the oil and gas industry working as an geophysicist in Brazil and the US.


Jane Chui

I am a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research interests are in experimentally understanding porous media flows and characterizing mixing phenomena. My current research is centred about characterizing viscous fingering caused by flow instabilities through the use of Hele-Shaw cells and examining the impact this has on mixing in various applications, such as enhanced oil recovery.


Xiaojing (Ruby) Fu

I am a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am interested in mathematical analysis of fluid dynamics models in general. Specifically, I focus my research on high-resolution simulations of flow instabilities in porous media and phase-field modeling of multiphase multicomponent flows.


Na-Hyun Jung

I am a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research interests lie in the coupling between geomechanics and fluid flow with the aim of resolving various geophysical energy issues such as induced seismicity. The methods I use cover a broad span, from analytical and numerical modeling to field and laboratory work, combining elements of geomechanics, hydrology, and geology.


Amir

I am a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. I am interested in mathematical modeling and simulation of a broad range of fluid mechanics related phenomena including microscale transport, microhydrodynamics, the interplay between complex fluids and soft matter, and collective dynamics in suspensions. My focus is on studying the underlying physics of such phenomena using the methods of statistical mechanics and through developing efficient numerical algorithms.


Benzhong (Robin) Zhao

I am a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research interests include the physics of multiphase flow in porous media and computational fluid dynamics. My early work focused on theoretical modeling of geological CO2 storage. My current work focuses on experimental investigation of the impact of wettability on multiphase flow in porous media.

UROP Students

Elise Bickford

I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Physics, graduating in 2018. I am working with Ruby Fu on modeling methane bubble plumes rising in ocean water. The goal of this project is to better understand the fate of methane, a very potent greenhouse gas, released from ocean sediments and, subsequently, to improve current estimates on the global methane budget.

Administrative Assistant

Roberta Pizzinato

Alumni

  • Mathias Trojer, Postdoctoral researcher 2013-2016: impact of wettability on multiphase flow and fracture in granular media

  • Pietro de Anna, Postdoctoral researcher 2012-2015: bacterial chemotaxis in porous media

  • Juan Hidalgo, Postdoctoral researcher 2010-2012: convective dissolution during geologic CO2 sequestration

  • Ran Holtzman, Postdoctoral researcher 2009-2011: coupled multiphase flow and granular mechanics at the grain scale


  • Benjamin Scandella, PhD 2016: Spatiotemporal variability of methane ebullition from lake sediments (pdf, 5MB)

  • Peter Kang, PhD 2014: Anomalous transport through porous and fractured media (pdf, 10MB)

  • Christos Nicolaides, PhD 2014: Dynamic processes on complex networks: from disease spreading to neural activity (pdf, 18MB)

  • Birendra Jha, PhD 2014: Flow through porous media: from mixing of fluids to triggering of earthquakes (pdf, 16MB)

  • Michael Szulczewski, PhD 2013: The subsurface fluid mechanics of geologic carbon dioxide storage (pdf, 20MB)

  • Christopher MacMinn, PhD 2012: Migration and trapping of CO2 in saline aquifers (pdf, 27MB)

  • Jihoon Kim, PhD 2010: Sequential methods for coupled geomechanics and multiphase flow (pdf, 3MB)

  • Sebastien Matringe, PhD 2008: Mixed finite element methods for discretization and streamline tracing (pdf, 3MB)


  • Michael Chen, MS 2014: Experiments in fluid spreading in the partial wetting regime

  • Antone Jain, MS 2009: Preferential mode of gas invasion in sediments: grain-scale mechanistic model of coupled multiphase fluid flow and sediment mechanics

  • Reena Bajaj, MS 2009: An unstructured finite volume simulator for multiphase flow through fractured-porous media

  • Francois-Xavier Dub, MS 2008: Variational multiscale mixed finite element methods


  • Michelle Dutt, UROP Fall 2013 through Spring 2015: Wettability control on fluid-fluid displacements in patterned microfluidics

  • Catherine Cheng, UROP Fall 2013, Spring 2014: Experiments in fluid spreading in the partial wetting regime

  • Hannah Wood, UROP Summer 2012: Tracking methane release from lake beds using sonar

  • Roberto Martinez, UROP Spring 2012: Viscous fingering to fracturing

  • Di Jin, UROP Spring 2012: Formation of gravity fingering during infiltration through a dry medium

  • Louis Atsaves, UROP Fall 2011: Analysis of a mathematical model of two-phase flow in a capillary tube

  • Jared Darby, UROP Summer 2011: Experimental research on the transition from fingering to fracturing in drainage

  • Di Jin, UROP Fall 2010, Spring 2011: Impact of capillarity on the gravity current of carbon dioxide after implementation of carbon sequestration

  • Elise Hens, UROP Fall 2009, IAP 2010: Experimental research on viscous fingering

  • Andrea Bradshaw, UROP Summer 2009: Grain-scale modeling of coupled flow and mechanical deformation

  • Yingxia Wang, UROP Summer 2009: Experimental research on viscous fingering

  • Juan Angel Rodriguez, UROP Fall 2009: Analytical models for the dissolution of trapped CO2

  • Michelle Bentivegna, UROP Fall 2008: Modeling capillary trapping with reservoir-scale simulations: Experiments to upscale the trapping coefficient

  • Aaron Thom, UROP Spring 2008: Drainage experiments in linear porous media

  • Ariel Esposito, UROP Spring 2007: Site selection for carbon dioxide sequestration in deep aquifers

  • Antone Jain, UROP Fall 2006, Spring 2007: Modeling methane transport and hydrate formation in deep-ocean sediments

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