Shimin Liu

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Shimin Liu

Assistant Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering

224 Hosler Building

814-863-4491

Biographical Sketch: 

Shimin Liu joined Penn State as an Assistant Professor in 2013 after completing his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. His expertise is in gas storage and transport mechanism in coalbed methane reservoirs and carbon sequestration in geological formations, especially in the areas of laboratory characterization of gas-coal interaction, analytical modeling of gas transportation under in situ conditions for carbonaceous rocks, volumetric behaviors of coal with gas adsorption/desorption, CO2 sequestration in coal seams and enhanced gas production.

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Engineering Science), Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2012

M.S. (Mineral Processing Engineering), China University of Mining & Technology Beijing, 2007

B.S. (Environmental Engineering), China University of Mining and Technology Beijing, 2005

Research Interests: 
  • Reservoir assessment of unconventional gas resources
  • Reservoir stress evolution with depletion
  • Gas drainage from coal mine
  • Geological carbon sequestration
  • Porous rock imaging (neutron scattering, micro-CT, TEM, SEM)
Selected Publications: 
  1. Liu, S., Harpalani, S., and Wang, Y., 2016. Anisotropy characteristics of coal shrinkage/swelling and its impact on coal permeability evolution with CO2 injection, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, in press.
  2. Wang, Y., Zhu, Y., Liu, S., and Zhang, R., 2016. Methane adsorption measurements and modeling for organic-rich marine shale samples, Fuel, 172, 301-309. 
  3. Zhao, Y., Liu, S., Jiang, Y., Wang, K., and Huang, Y., 2015. Dynamic tensile strength of coal under dry and saturated conditions, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, in press. 
  4. Zhang, R., Liu, S., Bahadur, J., Elsworth, D., Melnichenko, Y., He, L., and Wang, Y., 2015. Estimation and modeling of coal pore accessibility using small angle neutron scattering, Fuel, v. 161, pp. 323-332. 
  5. Wang, L., Cheng, L., Cheng, Y., Liu, S., Guo, P., Jin, K. and Jiang, H., 2015. A new method for accurate and rapid measurement of underground coal seam gas content, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, v. 26, pp. 1388-1398. 
  6. Wang, Y., Liu, S., and Elsworth, D., 2015. Laboratory investigations of gas flow behaviors in tight anthracite and evaluation of different pulse-decay methods on permeability estimation, International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 149, pp 118-128. 
  7. Deng, C., Tang, D., Liu, S., Xu, H., and Tao, S., 2015. Characterization of mineral composition and its influence on microstructure and sorption capacity of coal, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, v. 25, 46-57. 
  8. Liu, S., and Harpalani, S., 2014. Evaluation of in situ stress changes with gas depletion of coalbed methane reservoirs, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, v. 119(8), pp 6263-6276.  
  9. Zhao, Y., Liu, S., Zhao, G., Elsworth, D., Jiang, Y., and Han, J., 2014. Failure mechanisms in coal: dependence on strain-rate and microstructure, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, v. 119(9), pp. 6924-6935. 
  10. Zhao, Y., Liu, S., Elsworth, D., Jiang, Y., and Zhu, J., 2014. Pore Structure Characterization of Coal by Synchrotron Small-Angle X ray Scattering and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy&Fuels, v. 28(6), pp. 3704-3711. 
  11. Liu, S., and Harpalani, S., 2014. Compressibility of sorptive porous media: part I – background and theory, AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, No. 9, 1761-1772. 
  12. Liu, S., and Harpalani, S., 2014. Compressibility of sorptive porous media: part II – experimental study on coal, AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, No. 9, pp. 1773-1788. 
  13. Liu, S., and Harpalani, S., 2014. Determination of the effective stress law for deformation in coalbed methane reservoirs, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, v. 47(5), pp. 1809-1820. 
  14. Liu, S., and Harpalani, S., 2013. Permeability prediction of coalbed methane reservoirs during primary depletion, International Journal of Coal Geology, 113, pp. 1-10. 
  15. Liu, S. and Harpalani, S. 2013. A new theoretical approach to model sorption induced coal shrinkage and swelling, AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, No. 7, pp. 1033-1049. 
  16. Mitra, A., Harpalani, S., and Liu, S., 2012. Laboratory measurement and modeling of coal permeability with continued methane production: part 1 – laboratory results. Fuel, v. 94, pp. 110-116. 
  17. Liu, S., Harpalani, S., and Pillalamarry, M., 2012. Laboratory measurement and modeling of coal permeability with continued methane production: part 2 – modeling results, Fuel, v. 94, pp. 117-124. 
  18. Pillalamarry, M., Harpalani, S., and Liu, S., 2011. Gas diffusion behavior of coal and its impact on production from coalbed methane reservoirs, International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 86(4), pp. 342-348. 
  19. Ma, Q., Harpalani, S., and Liu, S., 2011. A simplified permeability model for coalbed methane reservoirs based on matchstick strain and constant volume theory, International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 85(1), pp. 43-48. 
Recent Activities: 
  • Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), 2007-present.
  • Reviewer for:
    Nature, International Journal of Coal Geology, Energy & Fuels, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Fuel, International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, Energy Exploration and Exploitation, Greenhouse Gas Measurement & Management, Fluid Phase Equilibria, SPE Journal, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, Natural Hazard, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Engineering Failure Analysis, The Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, Journal of Energy Chemistry, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, International Journal of Coal Science & Technology, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Mining Engineering Magazine.