Research in this area spans from characterization of petrophysical and dynamic transport properties of tight sands, shales, and deep saline aquifers for carbon sequestration, to understanding the physics of earthquakes, including induced seismicity, and energy geomechanics including unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs and geothermal energy, to understanding interfacial interactions of highly concentrated carbonaceous solid-water slurries that may be encountered during processes such as gasification. 

Research topics and facilities in this cluster area include:

  • Experimental and Numerical investigation of Drill bit/rock interaction
  • Integrated hydraulic fracturing design in presence of natural fractures
  • Novel expandable LCM materials and wellbore strengthening
  • Assessment of well integrity after hydraulic fracturing, underground blowout etc.
  • Development of advanced Phase Behavior EOS based on curvature analysis of fluid interfaces
  • Advanced models for phase behavior, fluid displacement and component transport for design of  enhanced oil recovery processes
  • Center for Quantitative Imaging - World class academic CT imaging facility that provides access to large-scale X-ray CT instrumentation for non-destructive, 3D sample characterization.
  • Reactive shale mechanics and problems associated with lost circulation
  • Seismic inversion and application for monitoring CO2 plume during sequestration
  • Optimization and feedback control of hydrocarbon recovery processes
  • Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids and Geohazards (G3 Center; g3center.org) - an interdisciplinary center focused on rock and fluid physics.
  • Mine ventilation and health risk due to dust particulates and other forms of atmospheric pollution

    Research Experts

Luis Ayala H. Luis Ayala H.
Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
103A Hosler Building
814-865-4053
ayala@psu.edu
Sekhar Bhattacharyya Sekhar Bhattacharyya
Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
126A Holser Building
814-863-7606
sekhar.bh@psu.edu
Arash  Dahi Taleghani Arash Dahi Taleghani
Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
206 Hosler Building
814-865-5421
arash.dahi@psu.edu
Derek  Elsworth Derek Elsworth
Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
231 Hosler Building
814-865-2225
elsworth@psu.edu
Hamid  Emami Hamid Emami
Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
152 Hosler Building
814-863-3987
emami@psu.edu
Jeremy Gernand Jeremy Gernand
Assistant Professor of Industrial Health and Safety
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
121 Hosler Building
814-865-5861
jmgernand@psu.edu
William Groves William Groves
Associate Professor of Industrial Health and Safety
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
223 Hosler Building
814-863-1618
wag10@psu.edu
Russell Johns Russell Johns
Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
119 Hosler Building
814-865-0531
rjohns@psu.edu
Zuleima Karpyn Zuleima Karpyn
Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
151 Hosler Building
814-863-2273
ZKarpyn@psu.edu
Gregory King Gregory King
Professor of Practice, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
154 Hosler
814-867-3547
grk17@psu.edu
Jeffery Kohler Jeffery Kohler
Professor of Mining Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
155 Hosler Building
814-865-9834
jk9@psu.edu
Shimin Liu Shimin Liu
Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
224 Hosler Building
814-863-4491
szl3@psu.edu
Jonathan Mathews Jonathan Mathews
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
126 Hosler Building
814-863-6213
jmathews@psu.edu
Amin Mehrabian Amin Mehrabian
Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
102 Hosler Building
814-865-6892
amin.mehrabian@psu.edu
Eugene Morgan Eugene Morgan
Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
156 Hosler Building
814-863-1642
eugene.morgan@psu.edu
Mohammad Rezaee Mohammad Rezaee
Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
122 Holser Building
814-863-1620
mzr288@psu.edu
Sanjay Srinivasan Sanjay Srinivasan
Head, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
118 Hosler Building
814-863-9470
szs27@psu.edu
John Wang John Wang
Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
202 Hosler Building
814-865-8474
john.wang@psu.edu

Affiliated Faculty (Other Departments):

  • Chris Marone
  • Demian Saffer
  • Li Li