I am a third-year PhD student studying environmental and petroleum engineering. My research focuses on the environmental challenges of subsurface energy technologies such as geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, geothermal energy production, and fracking for shale gas extraction. I am interested in the impacts of geochemical reactions on sealing fractures in the subsurface, and am currently working on maximizing the time and cost efficiency, as well as output, of CO2 leakage detection and oil production through CO2-EOR. I have an extensive background in petroleum engineering, and have worked on various oil and gas projects, including but not limited to reservoir modeling, geologic CO2 storage projects, and history matching of CO2-EOR operations. Among the various tools that I use in my research are image analysws of rock samples and reactive transport modeling in porous media during CO2 injection into reservoirs and aquifers.
Currently, I am working on investigating the conditions that could lead to precipitation of minerals in fractures and the impacts of precipitation on fracture hydraulic properties to seal highly permeable fractures, whch serve as the primary potential leakage pathways for carbon dioxide to escape from where they are stored. Further, I seek to expand my methodology and implications of my work, since climate change research is not only an inter- and multi-disciplinary endeavor, but one that has vast policy implications and as such, requires innovative, creative thinking. I am always looking to develop novel approaches, test new ideas, and collaborate with others who are not risk-averse, to make this research even more salient to a wider audience.
More information on my past and current research is available on this site, as well as my teaching experience and contact information.