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Dr Simon Mathias

(email at s.a.mathias@durham.ac.uk)

Biography


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.


Editorial Roles


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

Research Interests

  • Carbon capture and storage.
  • Radioactive waste disposal.
  • Reservoir engineering.
  • Reservoir simulation.
  • Multi-component and multi-phase systems.
  • Transport in porous media.
  • Computational methods.
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology.

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Books: edited

Journal papers: academic

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Earth energy systems: Radioactive waste
  • Earth energy systems: Water Resources
  • Oil and gas:
  • Oil and gas: Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Oil and gas: Shale Gas

Supervises

Selected Grants

  • 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 Technology Strategy Board)
  • 2010: Quantifying and monitoring potential ecosystem... (£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.... (£82707.00 from Energy Technologies Institute)