School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Claire McCraw



PhD title: "CO2-caprock interaction: Experimental investigation and simulation"

The behaviour of fluid flow through porous and fractured media is coupled to thermal, mechanical and chemical processes. In the context of carbon capture and storage, an understanding of these processes in relation to supercritical CO2 and fractured caprock is required in order to assess the risk of leakage of geologically stored CO2. The aim of my research project is to undertake experimental investigation and associated numerical simulation of the influence of thermal mechanical and chemical mechanisms on flow and transport of single phase supercritical CO2 through discrete fractures in shale, evaporite and carbonate caprock samples. The goal of the project is to identify and understand key mechanisms that influence fracture flow: this information will be invaluable for directing future research and for assessment of the suitability of future CO2 storage sites.

Supervisors: Dr habil. Chris McDermott, Dr Katriona Edlmann, Dr Mark Wilkinson, Dr Stuart Gilfillan, Professor Stuart Haszeldine


Prior to starting my PhD in January 2012 I spent several years working as a consultant hydrologist and hydraulic modeller in the Flood Risk Management and Water Resources sectors in Scotland. I studied Physics (BSc, 2004) and Hydrology for Environmental Management (MSc, 2006) at Imperial College London.


When I'm not in the office or the lab you can usually find me exploring the outdoors by bike, foot or kayak!

Contact details


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5936

Address: Room 401, Grant Institute, School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh, The King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JW