Our mission is to create fundamental advances and applied solutions to multiscale problems of understanding the synthesis and analysis of porous media, the physical properties of porous media and the behaviour and flow of fluids within porous media.
Most geological materials are porous. In porous materials the dynamics of flow and transport, deformation, and coupled chemical reactions control geological and environmental processes in shallow and deep Earth settings. The study of the dynamics of porous media, be they rocks or complex, composite organic materials, is therefore unified by fundamental scientific questions which can be answered by advanced computational and numerical modelling, experimental and visualisation methods. The properties and behaviour of porous media are also central to applied problems including: contaminant migration, geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, water and hydrocarbon migration, reservoir engineering, and evolution of reservoir quality in sedimentary basins.
This Research Group’s grand challenge is to quantify, analyse and integrate studies of porous media properties and processes over length scales spanning 13 orders of magnitude (sub-nanometre to kilometre).