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Research Interests

My work focuses on the hydro-chemical-mechanical coupling in CO2 storage, unconventional and energy storage reservoirs as well as in reservoir seals. This is part of the Geoenergy Research Group in the Lyell Centre. This is done by studying natural analogues, perform single and multi-phase flow experiments on low permeability rocks and fractures, investigate fluid-rock interactions and study the pore scale mechanisms of relevant reservoir and seal rocks. Knowledge gained from laboratory and field studies are integrated into analytical and numerical modeling in order to upscale from pore to field scale.


Education & Biography

Since 2018: Professor of Earth Sciences - GeoEnergy, Heriot-Watt University

2018: Visiting Professor, China University of Geoscience, Beijing
2016-2018: Associate Professor , The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University
Since 2014: Visiting reader, RWTH Aachen University, GER
2008 – 2016: Research Geoscientist, Shell Global Solutions International B.V., NL
2005 – 2008: Post-doc, RWTH Aachen University, Inst of Petroleum and Coal, GER
2002 – 2005: PhD student, RWTH Aachen University, Inst of Petroleum and Coal, GER
2004: Visiting Researcher, CSIRO Petroleum, Melbourne, AUS
1998: BSc (HONS) Econ. Sedimentology, University of Stellenbosch, RSA
1995-2001: Diploma (MSc) (Geology), Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

External positions

Shell Global Solutions International B. V.


RWTH Aachen University


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


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Research Output 2003 2019

scanning electron microscopy
image analysis

Microstructural investigation of mudrock seals using nanometer-scale resolution techniques

Rezaeyan, A., Pipich, V., Bertier, P., Seemann, T., Leu, L., Kampman, N., Feoktystov, A., Barnsley, L. & Busch, A., 28 Apr 2019, Sixth EAGE Shale Workshop. EAGE Publishing BV

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

neutron scattering
Pore structure

Paleofloral dependence of coal methane sorption capacity

Busch, A., Han, F. & Magill, C., 1 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Coal Geology. 211, 103232.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Architecture, stress state and permeability of a fault zone in Jiulishan coal mine in China: Implication for coal and gas outbursts

Li, W., Ren, T., Busch, A., den Hartog, S. A. M., Cheng, Y., Qiao, W. & Li, B., 1 Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Coal Geology. 198, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
coal mine
fault zone

Migration and Leakage of CO2 From Deep Geological Storage Sites

Busch, A. & Kampman, N., 5 Nov 2018, Geological Carbon Storage: Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity. Vialle, S., Ajo-Franklin, J. & Carey, J. W. (eds.). 1 ed. American Geophysical Union, p. 285-302 18 p. (Geophysical Monograph Series; vol. 238).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

natural analog
carbon sequestration
fracture network
geological feature


Best paper award by The society of Organic Petrologists

Andreas Busch (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Hans-Cloos Award German Geological Society

Andreas Busch (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Professor Dr. Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld award

Andreas Busch (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Research-Fellowship Dr. Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld Foundation

Andreas Busch (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Research-Fellowship German Academic Exchange Service

Andreas Busch (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2007 2016

  • 6 Other
  • 3 Editorial activity

Associate Editor Marine and Petroleum Geology

Andreas Busch (Recipient)
2016 → …

Activity: Other

Convenor EAGE Shale Workshop, Catania, Sicily

Andreas Busch (Recipient)
2 May 20164 May 2016

Activity: Other

Convenor EAGE Shale workshop

Andreas Busch (Recipient)
6 Apr 20149 Apr 2014

Activity: Other

International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (Journal)

Andreas Busch (Editorial board member)
2013 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity