5 July 2019

Dr Fadi Henri Nader appointed as Professor of Multiscale Fluid-Rock Interactions

As of July 1, 2019, Dr Fadi H. Nader, research sedimentologist and business developer in energy resources at the French institute IFP Énergies nouvelles (IFPEN), has been appointed Professor (by special appointment) of Multiscale Fluid-Rock Interactions in the Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University. The new chair will further substantiate the collaboration and deepen interactions with IFPEN and covers expertise not yet available at UU.

Multiscale fluid-rock interactions

Research into sedimentary basins geo-resources and the behaviour of Earth materials is one of the major study areas in the Department of Earth Sciences. Results provide crucial input for modelling large-scale surface and underground processes and for addressing a wide range of societal problems. For example: What controls earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and can we decrease their impact? How can we store and manage CO2 safely in reservoir rocks in the Earth’s crust in the Netherlands? How can we sustainably develop deep or ultra-deep geothermal energy systems? Etc.

Increasing our knowledge of fluid flow, associated fluid-rock interactions and geochemical reactions in the subsurface on various scales in time and space is key for the quantitative understanding of the long-term sustainability and stability of reservoirs. The IFPEN Chair will bring critical and unique multiscale expertise to Utrecht University, positioned complementary and synergetic to existing research.

Fadi H. Nader

Professor Fadi Nader

Sedimentologist Fadi H. Nader has almost 20 years of experience in fundamental and applied Earth Sciences research. He is an expert in fluid flow, diagenesis, sedimentology, and characterisation and modelling of carbonate reservoirs. Nader obtained his PhD in Geology from the KU Leuven in 2003. He has worked as an assistant professor at the American University in Beirut and has taught graduate-level courses at the IFPEN School, at the Lebanese University, as well as various IFPEN company courses, e.g. in Venezuela and Brazil.

Since 2007, he works as a research sedimentologist at IFPEN. He is also business developer at the Energy Resources Business Unit of IFPEN, in charge of putting up proposals and partnerships for R&D, for increasing visibility at international congresses and meetings, and for coaching R&D project managers. He has supervised several PhD and MSc projects and he obtained his Diplôme d’Habilitation à Diriger la Recherche (HDR) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, in 2015. “I am very pleased and enthusiastic for this great opportunity for me and I look forward indeed to help in strengthening collaborations between UU and IFPEN”, says Nader.

IFP Énergies nouvelles

IFPEN is a public-sector research, innovation and training centre active in the fields of energy, transport and environment; technological innovation is central to all its activities. IFPEN has proven expertise across the entire value chain, from fundamental research to industrial research and innovation. It is funded both by a state budget and by resources provided by French and foreign international partners. As part of its public-interest mission IFPEN focuses on providing solutions to take up the challenges facing society in terms of energy and climate, promoting the transition towards sustainable mobility and the emergence of a more diversified energy mix. An integral part of IFPEN, its graduate engineering school – IFPEN School – prepares future generations to take up these challenges. Employing 4500 people of 45 different nationalities, IFPEN and its subsidiaries have some 100 industrial partners, more than 300 collaborations with French and academic international communities, offering training to almost 15000 industrial employees every year and has some 600 students graduate from IFPEN School every year worldwide.

UU - IFPEN collaboration

IFPEN has built up a unique body of knowledge as a result of several decades of expertise regarding current and future energy and environmental issues. Following-up on existing collaborations, UU and IFPEN established a Framework Collaboration Agreement in 2017 with the objective to strengthen the development of human capital, scientific knowledge and associated skills in these fields. UU has extended expertise in terms of understanding processes controlling the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins, including numerous associated process-oriented quantifications by the means of experimental, analogue and numerical modelling studies. IFPEN has extended and unique complementary expertise in understanding processes controlling fluid-rock interactions, including evolutionary numerical modelling tools that are continuously developed for upscaling from reservoirs scale observations and characterisation methods.