Dr Simon Mathias
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
2011 – present — Reader in Computational Geoscience, Durham University.
2009 – 2011 — Lecturer in Geoscience, Durham University.
2007 – 2009 — WorleyParsons Lecturer of Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London.
2003 – 2007 — Research Fellow, Imperial College London.
2001 – 2005 — PhD in Hydrology, Imperial College London.
2000 – 2003 — Civil Engineer, Royal Haskoning.
1999 – 2000 — MSc in Water Resources Technology and Management, University of Birmingham.
1995 – 1999 — MEng in Civil Engineering, University College London
Career Research Highlights
Simon Mathias is a Reader in Computational Geoscience at the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. His principal expertise lies in the development of mathematical models to describe flow and transport of reactive contaminants in porous and fractured porous media. Simon has worked on a broad range of applications including vadose zone transport of nutrients in fractured rock systems, plant uptake of radionuclides, aquifer characterisation studies, buoyancy driven flow problems, in situ chemical oxidation, CO2 geo-sequestration and hydraulic fracture propagation.
Committee and Society Service
2008 – 2011 — Elected committee member of the British Hydrological Society
Conferences and Workshops
2010 — Convened session entitled “Groundwater Hydrology for a Changing Environment” at the British Hydrological Society International Symposium in Newcastle.
2007 — Organised a one week international training workshop on groundwater modelling for arid and semi-arid areas in Lanzhou, China for UNESCO.
2014 – present — Editorial Board Member, the Hydrogeology Journal
2013 – present — Editorial Board Member, the Journal of Computational Environmental Sciences
2012 – present — Editorial Board Member, the Journal of Petroleum Engineering
2011 – 2013 — Editorial Board Member, the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Invited Speaker (selected, since 2008)
2013 — Invited seminar at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona.
2013 — Invited talk “Relative permeability data uncertainty and CO2 injectivity estimation for brine aquifers” at the AAPG Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage at Geological Society, London.
2012 — Invited support lecture “Carbon Capture and Storage — a Hydrogeologist’s Perspective” for the Geological Society Ineson Lecture.
2012 — Invited seminar at Uppsala University.
2012 — Invited seminar at Harvard University.
2011 — Invited talk “Estimating Pressure Limited CO2 Storage Capacity” at the AAPG Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage at Geological Society, London.
2011 — Invited talk “Geophysical Methods for CO2 Storage Verification” at the ION Technology Forum in Surrey.
2011 — Invited talk at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California.
2011 — Invited talk “Emerging Technologies in CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery” at the 4-Kingdoms CCS Initiative's First Workshop in Saudi Arabia.
2010 — Invited talk “Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas reservoirs — implications for the surrounding environment” at the IFRI Energy Breakfast Meeting on Shale Gas in Brussels.
2010 — Invited by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Science & Innovation Network to give a talk at the UK-US CCS R&D workshop in Pittsburgh, US.
2009 — Invited support lecture “Hydrogeology and CCS” for the Geological Society Ineson Lecture.
2008 — Invited talk for the “Non-Darcy flow session” at the Geological Society of America Joint Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas.
Membership of Organizations and Societies
2013 – ongoing — Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Recent and Current Grants
- RF050108: UK CO2 Storage Capacity Appraisal...., Energy Technologies Institute, £82707.00, 2009-09-21 - 2011-03-31
- RF050138: Quantifying and monitoring potential ecosystem..., NERC - Natural Environment Research Council, £8241.00, 2010-04-01 - 2013-03-31
- RF050126: On the role of fluvial channel structure concerning injectivity in brine aquifers., The Crown Estate, £97396.87, 2010-10-01 - 2011-10-31
- RF050114: KTP - Equipoise Solutions Ltd, NERC - Natural Environment Research Council, £174489.00, 2010-10-04 - 2012-10-03
- RF050173: Numerical investigations of CO2 storage in depleted gas reservoirs, Centrica Energy, £188695.79, 2012-03-01 - 2014-02-28
- RF050174: Numerical investigations of enhanced methane recovery by CO2 injection in depleted gas reservoirs, Centrica plc, £181375.93, 2012-07-01 - 2016-06-30.
- RF050164: Prediction of compartmentalisation in brine aquifers, The Crown Estate, £64623.00, 2012-11-01 - 2013-10-31
- Carbon capture and storage.
- Radioactive waste disposal.
- Reservoir engineering.
- Reservoir simulation.
- Multi-component and multi-phase systems.
- Transport in porous media.
- Computational methods.
Department of Earth Sciences
- Wheater, HS, Mathias, SA & Li, X (2010). Groundwater Modelling in Arid and Semi-arid Areas. Cambridge University Press.
Journal papers: academic
- Mathias, S.A., Skaggs, T.H., Quinn, S.A., Egan, N.C., Finch, L.E. & Oldham, C.D. (2015). A soil moisture accounting-procedure with a Richards' equation-based soil texture-dependent parameterization. Water Resources Research 51(1): 506-523.
- Mathias, S.A. & Wen, Z. (2015). Numerical simulation of Forchheimer flow to a partially penetrating well with a mixed-type boundary condition. Journal of Hydrology 524: 53-61.
- Mathias, S.A., McElwaine, J.N. & Gluyas, J.G. (2014). Heat transport and pressure buildup during carbon dioxide injection into depleted gas reservoirs. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 756: 89-109.
- Mathias, S.A. & Roberts, A.W. (2013). A Lambert W function solution for estimating sustainable injection rates for storage of CO2 in brine aquifers. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 17: 546-548.
- Bjørnarå, T.I. & Mathias, S.A. (2013). A pseudospectral approach to the McWhorter and Sunada equation for two-phase flow in porous media with capillary pressure. Computational Geosciences 17(6): 889-897.
- Mathias, S.A., Gluyas, J.G., Mackay, E.J. & Goldthorpe, W.H. (2013). A statistical analysis of well production rates from UK oil and gas fields – Implications for carbon capture and storage. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 19: 510-518.
- Mathias, S.A., Gluyas, J.G., González Martínez de Miguel, G.J., Bryant, S.L. & Wilson, D. (2013). On the importance of relative permeability data for estimating CO2 injectivity in brine aquifers. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 12: 200-212.
- Mathias, SA, Gluyas, JG, Gonzalez, G & Hosseini, S (2011). Role of partial miscibility on pressure buildup due to constant rate injection of CO2 into closed and open brine aquifers. Water Resources Research 47(12): W12525.
- Mathias, SA, Gluyas, JG, Oldenburg, CM & Tsang, CF (2010). Analytical solution for Joule-Thomson cooling during CO2 geo-sequestration in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 4: 806-810.
- Mathias, SA & Todman, LC (2010). Step-drawdown tests and the Forchheimer equation. Water Resources Research 46: W07514.
- Mathias, SA & van Reeuwijk, M (2009). Hydraulic fracture propagation with 3-D leak-off. Transport in Porous Media 80(3): 1573-1634.
- Mathias, SA, Butler, AP & Zhan, HB (2008). Approximate solutions for Forchheimer flow to a well. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 134(9): 1318-1325.
- Mathias, SA, Butler, AP & Wheater, HS (2008). Modelling radioiodine transport across a capillary fringe. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 99(4): 716-729.
- Mathias, SA & Butler, AP (2006). An improvement on Hvorslev's shape factors. Geotechnique 56(10): 705-706.
Available for media contact about:
- Oil and gas: Carbon Capture and Storage
- Oil and gas:
- Oil and gas: Shale Gas
- Earth energy systems: Radioactive waste
- Earth energy systems: Water Resources
- Miss Catherine Hodson
- Miss Catherine Hirst
- Mr Salim Goudarzi
- Mr Ang Li
- Mr Ayodeji Jayeoba
- Mr Jack Hardwick
- Miss Helena Kelly
- Miss Charlotte Withers
- Mr Anselm Koehler
- 2012: RF050164: Prediction of compartmentalisation in brine aquifers, The Crown Estate, £64623.00, 2012-11-01 - 2013-10-31
- 2012: RF050173: Numerical investigations of CO2 storage in depleted gas reservoirs, Centrica Energy, £188695.79, 2012-03-01 - 2014-02-28
- 2012: RF050174: Numerical investigations of enhanced methane recovery by CO2 injection in depleted gas reservoirs, Centrica plc, £181375.93, 2012-07-01 - 2016-06-30.
- 2010: KTP - Equipoise Solutions Ltd (£174489.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
- 2010: Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS) (£8241.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
- 2010: RF050126: On the role of fluvial channel structure concerning injectivity in brine aquifers., The Crown Estate, £97396.87, 2010-10-01 - 2011-10-31
- 2009: UK CO2 storage capacity Appraisal: Risk and integrity analysis (£82707.00 from Energy Technologies Institute)