Brandon Schwartz is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University with expertise in the areas of experimental geomechanics and dynamic rock physics modeling. His research focuses on how internal pore structure and rock fabric influences transport and mechanical property evolution during thermal, mechanical, hydrologic, and chemical processes in porous and fractured geologic media. His interests are in characterizing the deformation-driven impacts of fluid injection, flow, and storage on rock and fluid properties with application to carbon sequestration, induced seismicity, geologic waste disposal, unconventional reservoirs, and hydrogen storage in underground salt caverns. His work contributes to multiscale characterization of fundamental processes that govern emerging energy and environmental applications.
- Schwartz, B., Elsworth, D. (2021). Inverted U-shaped permeability enhancement due to thermally induced desorption determined from strain-based analysis of experiments on shale at constant pore pressure. Fuel. Accepted.
- Schwartz, B., Elsworth, D. (2021). A strain-based model for recovering sorptive permeability loss observed in laboratory experiments of shale. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. In review.
- Schwartz, B., Huffman, K., Thornton, D., & Elsworth, D. (2019). The effects of mineral distribution, pore geometry, and pore density on permeability evolution in gas shales. Fuel, 257, 116005.
- Schwartz, B., Huffman, K., Thornton, D., & Elsworth, D. (2019). A strain based approach to calculate disparities in pore structure between shale basins during permeability evolution. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 68, 102893.
- Schwartz, B., Elsworth, D., & Marone, C. (2019). Relationships between mechanical and transport properties in Marcellus shale. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 119, 205-210.
- Future Leaders Class of 2021, American Rock Mechanics Association (2021)
- Dr. N.G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award, American Rock Mechanics Association (2020)