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My research interests cover the thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) aspects of the subsurface, including geoenergy applications such as Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), Underground Hydrogen Storage in Porous media (UHSP) and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). My primary focus is on rock deformation and identifying the microscale mechanisms responsible for, amongst others, (induced) seismicity and fault or reservoir transport properties. I tackle these issues via laboratory experiments, microstructural investigations and microphysical modelling.


Since 2020: Associate Professor, The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University

2018 – 2020: Lyell Research Fellow/Assistant Professor, 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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