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.
I am a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I received my PhD 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.
I am a postdoctoral associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am interested in multiphase flow dynamics and interfacial phenomena in pore-scale. Before coming to MIT, I just received my Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2018. I also hold bachelor and master degrees in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University, China. In this group, I’ll be working on experiments of multicomponent and multiphase flows in porous media, especially those coupled with complex phase behavior.
I am a graduate student in Computational Science and Engineering. Before coming to MIT, I worked as a reservoir engineer in the oil industry for several years and on testing and developing some features for a lattice element code to model rock fracturing during my masters at UC Berkeley. Here, I’m hoping to focus my research on numerical analysis and geomechanics.
I am a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Interfacial tension dominated flows and applied mathematics are two fields that keep me a happy and hungry student. The applications of the field are ubiquitous - from physics of subsurface flow and mineral processing to microfluidics and 3D printing. My first work in the field was the study of bitumen droplet relaxation on curved glass substrates (with Professor Xu), followed by work (in Professor Chalaturnyk's group) on 3D printing, and modeling of multiphase flow in deformed granular media..
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.
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.
I am a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am interested in numerical modeling of multiphase flow in porous media, which has practical importance in enhanced oil recovery and shale gas production. My current research is centered about DEM modeling of wettability control on hydraulic fracture patterns.
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.
I’m a master student in department of civil and environmental engineering. My research interests include fracture characterization, image process and analysis of microfluidic multiphase flow as well as the interplay between solid surface and fluid. I got my bachelor degree from Jilin University, where I conducted experimental research on T-H-M coupling of fractured rock. I did my senior thesis at National University of Singapore on representing flow behavior under stressed rough surface. I also did internship on investigating multiphase flow with 3D printing micromodel. Here, I’ll study porous media flow from the aspect of wettability and roughness.
I am a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering with background in geology, geomechanics, and seismology. My main research interest is geomechanical modeling and data inversion for better understanding of stress changes leading to induced seismicity. More broadly, I am also interested in seismic signal analysis in earthquake and non-earthquake related processes, and I expect to help developing integrated approaches for gelogical problems.
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.
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.
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.
Alina Tyukhova, Postdoctoral researcher 2016-2018: simulation of coupled flow and geomechanics
Marie-Julie Dalbe, Postdoctoral researcher 2015-2017: morphodynamics of fluid displacement in 3D deformable media
Zhibing Yang, Postdoctoral researcher 2015-2016: discrete element modeling of multiphase flow and deformation
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
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)
Mohammad Aladwani, MS 2017: Prediction of velocity distribution from the statistics of pore structure in 3D porous media via high-fidelity pore-scale simulation
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
Visitors (current and past)
Manuel Andres Soage Quintans, University of A Coruña (UDC), Spain
Shengyu Zhang, Jilin University, China
David Santillan, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Jon Eriksen, University of Oslo
Diogo Bolster, University of Notre Dame
Francesca Bottazzi, Eni S.p.A., Italy
Jorge Pina, Endesa, Spain
Al Valocchi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tanguy Le Borgne, University of Rennes
Knut Jorgen Maloy, University of Oslo
Dani Or, ETH Zurich
Insa Neuweiler, University of Hannover
Christopher Kees, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers
Herbert Huppert, University of Cambridge
Jaime Fe, University of A Coruna
Jerome Neufeld, University of Cambridge
Lynn Bennethum, University of Colorado at Denver
Sebastien Geiger, Heriot-Watt University
Marc Hesse, University of Texas at Austin
Albert Nardi, Technical University of Catalonia
Hector Gomez, University of A Coruna
Nicola Castelletto, University of Padova
Marco Dentz, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC)
Jan Nordbotten, University of Bergen / Princeton University
Ignacio Romero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid