Projects

Current research projects:

  • Ramón y Cajal Fellowship – Understanding the interplay between deformation, dynamic fluid flow and rock alteration in the Earth’s crust. Funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain. Principal investigator. University of Barcelona.
  • Development of methodologies applied to risk management on induced seismicity during fluid injection in geothermal reservoirs (PhD project of Guillem Piris). Funded by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (Catalan Geological Survey) and AGAUR (Catalan government, industrial doctorate). Co-investigator and PhD co-supervisor (with Albert Griera as main supervisor). Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Thermo-hydro-mechanical numerical simulations of coupled fluid flow and rock deformation in sedimentary basins at multiple scales: from orogen-controlled regional fluid flow to CO2 and hydrogen reservoir injection. (Postdoc project of Saipeng Huang). Funded by the China Scholarship Council. Main postdoc advisor (with Albert Griera and Quan Gan as co-advisors). University of Barcelona.
  • Dynamic behaviour of salt rocks: exploring the interplay between deformation, recrystallisation and trace element transport with full-field numerical simulations. (PhD project of Baoqin Hao). Funded by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Barcelona. Main PhD supervisor (with Albert Griera and Maria-Gema Llorens as co-supervisors). University of Barcelona.
  • Prediction of structural damage, fracture cementation and fluid flow in folds associated with thrusts: application to CO2 storage and hydrocarbon reservoirs (PhD project of Xiaolong Sun). Funded by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Barcelona. Main PhD supervisor (with Juan Alcalde and Anna Travé as co-supervisors). University of Barcelona.
  • Determining the main controls on fault-associated dolomitisation and their influence on reservoir quality distribution (PhD project of Elliot Humphrey). Funded by the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in oil & gas. Principal investigator and main PhD supervisor (with Joyce Neilson and Juan Diego Martín-Martín as co-supervisors). University of Aberdeen.
  • Listening through rock salt: Quantifying petrofabrics and seismic velocity anisotropy of evaporites to improve seismic imaging (PhD project of Johanna Heeb). Funded by the Curtin-Aberdeen universities alliance. Co-investigator and PhD co-supervisor (with Nick Timms and Dave Healy as PIs and main supervisors). Curtin University (Australia) and University of Aberdeen.
  • Unravelling fluid flow during the evolution of inverted basins and orogenic belts: application to CO2 storage. Funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain. Co-investigator (with Anna Travé and Juan Diego Martín-Martín as co-PIs). University of Barcelona.

Recently completed projects:

  • Understanding the interplay between dynamic fluid flow and structural diagenesis during the evolution of fold and thrust belts, using the Southern Pyrenees as a natural laboratory. Funded by AGAUR (Catalan government). Principal investigator. University of Barcelona.
  • Study of the petrophysical properties of Empordà carbonate formations for the evaluation of their geothermal energy potential (Postdoc project of Irene Cantarero). Funded by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya – ICGC. Principal investigator and main postdoc advisor (with Anna Travé and Juan Diego Martín-Martín as co-advisors). University of Barcelona. (This is part of the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET project HotLime: Mapping and Assessment of Geothermal Plays in Deep Carbonate Rocks – Cross-domain Implications and Impacts).
  • Fluid flow during the evolution of an orogen: diagenetic, hydrothermal and metamorphic characterisation with application to CO2 storage and resource exploration. Funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain. Co-investigator (with Anna Travé as PI). University of Barcelona.
  • Improved understanding of fluid flow in partially dolomitised hydrocarbon reservoirs (PhD project of Shuqing Yao). Funded by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Aberdeen. Main PhD supervisor (with John Howell and Juan Diego Martín-Martín as co-supervisors). University of Barcelona.

Completed PhD projects:

  • Shuqing Yao, University of Aberdeen. Static modelling of a shallow-marine carbonate reservoir analogue: prediction of facies distribution, sequence stratigraphy and fault-associated dolostone geometry. 2015-2019. Funded by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Aberdeen through an Elphinstone PhD scholarship. PhD supervisors: Enrique Gomez-Rivas, John Howell and Juan Diego Martín-Martín. [link]