In many applications related to energy and environment, subsurface fluids have a primary role. Groundwater protection and remediation, sustainable use of land and water resources, safe disposal of radioactive waste, geothermal energy production, recovery of hydrocarbon resources, and carbon capture and storage arefew examples of applications that require understanding and describing subsurface fluid flow.
We study how fluid flow interacts with other physicochemical processes (e.g., energy transfer, chemical reactions, etc.) and with the structure of geological materials (soil, rocks, aquifers, or reservoirs). Since in real-world applications observations are sparse and incomplete, we are also concerned about the risk associated with this chronic lack of information.
In summary, we investigate the effects of coupling, heterogeneity, and uncertainty on subsurface fluid flow with particular attention to energy and environmental applications. Our research include theory, numerical simulations, laboratory experiments, and working with field data.