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.