• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

  • Room 1.5, Enterprise Building, Heriot-Watt University

    EH14 4AS Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

20042021

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Research interests

My research focuses on three-dimensional imaging of multiphase flow in permeable media using both in-house and synchrotron X-ray micro-CT, with applications to subsurface hydrogen storage, geological sequestration of CO2, remediation of contaminated soils and oil recovery from reservoirs.

Current projects

(i) 3D imaging of hydrogen storage in reservoir rocks

(ii) Pore-scale dynamics of immiscible fluid displacement in porous media using ultrafast synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography

(iii) Effect of wettability on multiphase flow in porous media

(iv) Multi-scale characterisation of carbonate rocks (including dissolution during supercritical CO2-saturated brine injection): FIBSEM, Confocal and X-ray micro-tomographic imaging

Other curiosity-driven projects

(i) Architectural design of smart ventilation and drainage systems in termite nests.

(ii) Three-dimensional microstructure of lignocellulosic biomass.

Roles & Responsibilities

Teaching

(i) G11RE - Reservoir Engineering (MSc course) - EGIS

(ii) G10UG - Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (undergrad course) - EPS

Biography

Assistant Professor, Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (March 2019 - ).

Research Associate, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK (Dec 2013 - Dec 2018).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Beamline ID-15A, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France (Nov 2011 - Nov 2013).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany & Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany (May 2009 - Oct 2011).

PhD Researcher (Civil Engineering), School of Engineering and Information Technology (formerly Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering), The University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia (July 2004 - March 2009).

Research Assistant, Punjab Engineering College/Panjab University, Chandigarh, India (July 2002 - June 2004).

M.E. (Environmental Engineering), Punjab Engineering College/Panjab University, Chandigarh, India (2000 - 2002).

B.E. (Civil Engineering), GNE/ Punjab Technical University, India (1996 - 2000).

Key Research Words/Phrases

Multiphase flow, digital rock, porous media, capillary trapping, CO2 sequestration, oil recovery, carbonate rock dissolution, X-ray micro-CT, synchrotron imaging, 3D image processing and data analysis.

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