Dr. Shimin Liu is a professor of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State. He specializes in geomechanics and fluid dynamics and their applications in unconventional resources development, underground mining, carbon sequestration, and natural hazard prevention. His current research interests include reservoir assessment of coal and shale resources; geomechanics modeling with continuous gas depletion; ground control for mines; coal mine gas control and management; carbon sequestration in deep rocks; nanoscale rock imaging.
Liu’s Unconventional Geomechanics Lab (UGL) hosts various funded research projects related to rock/geomechanics, fluid transport in porous media, fluid-rock interactions, mine ventilation, and ground control. UGL can conduct the top-notch multiscale rock characterization under best replicated in situ pressure and temperature conditions, including pressure-dependent permeability, sorption-induced rock swelling, gas sorption and diffusion in stressed rocks, stress-path monitoring, single core envelope measurement etc. The UGL also services various industry stakeholders, including coalbed methane companies, shale gas companies, and mining and tunneling companies. To learn more about the lab facility, please refer to the “Lab Facility Prospectus.”
Please view the CV listed to the left for information on publications.
- The 2017 Freeport-McMoRan Career Development Grant from Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
- Best Keynote Award, 3rd International Symposium on Unconventional Geomechanics, Wuhan, China, 2016
- Kreutzberger Early Career Assistant Professor, Penn State University 2016
- Gladys Snyder Grant Award, Penn State University, 2015
- Excellent Reviewer Awards
Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 2013, 2017
Fuel Journal, 2016, 2017
- Beam Time Award, DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), 2014, 2015
- Wilson Research Initiation Award, Penn State University, 2013
- Doctoral Fellowship, SIU (Fall 2010, Spring and Summer 2011)