My research interests lie in the computational modelling of coupled thermal, hydraulic, chemical and mechanical (THCM) behaviour in the geoenvironment. I am particularly experienced in the study of reactive transport processes in fractured rock in response to high pressure gas injection and displacement. It was in this area that I developed a theoretical and computational modelling platform as part of my doctoral research at Cardiff University’s Geoenvironmental Research Centre.
Throughout my PhD and into my current post, I have applied the developed model in the study of geological carbon sequestration, a technology involving the isolation of carbon dioxide in the geoenvironment that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. As part of an integrated energy system, carbon sequestration is widely regarded as a key part of strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
As leader of the FLEXIS work package on Carbon Sequestration in Coal and Soil, my ambition is to help coordinate work in this area to ultimately enhance our understanding of the geoenvironment’s role in carbon management. This work is being undertaken alongside partners at Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, and Tata Steel, with the overarching aim of participating in the development of energy systems technologies at the FLEXIS demonstration site centred on Tata Steel’s Port Talbot Works.