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Research interests

My research interests focus on the microscale mechanisms that control the frictional behaviour of fault materials. Using laboratory experiments, microstructural investigations and microphysical modelling, I aim to determine the microscale deformation mechanisms that lead to stable versus unstable fault slip. In the Lyell Centre, I use this approach in the context of for example Enhanced Geothermal Systems, Carbon Capture and Storage, energy storage and hydrofracturing operations. Fluid injection during these operations may lead to reactivation of pre-existing faults which can lead to induced seismicity in the case fault slip is unstable.


Since 2017: Lyell Research Fellow, The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University

2016 – 2017: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, Rock Deformation Laboratory, UK

2015: Post-doc, Utrecht University, HPT Laboratory, NL

2014 – 2015: NSF GeoPRISMS postdoctoral fellow, Penn State University, Rock and Sediment Mechanics Laboratory, USA

2013 – 2014: Post-doc, Penn State University, Rock and Sediment Mechanics Laboratory, USA

2008 – 2013: PhD student (cum laude), Utrecht University, HPT Laboratory, NL       

2008: MSc (cum laude) Geology, Utrecht University, NL

2006: BSc (cum laude) in Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, NL

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fault gouge Earth & Environmental Sciences
friction Earth & Environmental Sciences
subduction Earth & Environmental Sciences
slip Physics & Astronomy
quartz Earth & Environmental Sciences
illite Earth & Environmental Sciences
sliding Earth & Environmental Sciences
subduction zone Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2019

The effect of sub-seismic fault slip processes on the isotopic signature of clay minerals – Implications for K-Ar dating of fault zones

Zwingmann, H., den Hartog, S. A. M. & Todd, A., 5 Jun 2019, In : Chemical Geology. 514, p. 112-121 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fault slip
clay mineral
fault zone
fault gouge

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

Chemo‐mechanical behavior of clay‐rich fault gouges affected by CO2‐brine‐rock interactions

Bakker, E., Kaszuba, J., den Hartog, S. & Hangx, S., 28 Dec 2018, In : Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Pore Fluid Pressure Development in Compacting Fault Gouge in Theory, Experiments, and Nature

Faulkner, D. R., Sanchez-Roa, C., Boulton, C. & den Hartog, S. A. M., 18 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
fault gouge
fluid pressure
pore pressure