Shimin Liu

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Shimin Liu

Assistant Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering

224 Hosler Building


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. Abdelmalek, B., Karpyn, Z., Liu, S., Yoon, H., and Dewers, T., 2017. Gas permeability measurements from pressure-pulse decay laboratory data using Pseudo-pressure and Pseudo-time transformations, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, in press.
  2. Zhang, R., Liu, S., and Wang, Y., 2017. Fractal evolution under in situ pressure and sorption conditions for coal and shale, Scientific Reports, in press.
  3. Qin, L., Zhai, C., Liu, S., and Xu, J., 2017. Factors controlling the mechanical properties degradation and permeability of coal subjected to liquid nitrogen freeze-thaw, Scientific Reports, v. 7, Article number; 3675.
  4. Zhang, R., Liu, S., Bahadur, J., Elsworth, D., Wang, Y., Hu, G., and Liang, Y., 2017. Changes in pore structure of coal caused by coal-to-gas bioconversion, Scientific Reports, v. 7, Article number; 3840.
  5. Xu, J., Zhai, C., Liu, S., Qin, L., and Sun, Y., 2017. Feasibility investigation of cryogenic effect from liquid carbon dioxide multi cycle fracturing technology in coalbed methane recovery, Fuel, v. 206, pp 371-380.
  6. Zhao, Y., Xue, S., Han, S., Chen, Z., Liu, S., Elsworth, D., He, L., Cai, J., Liu, Y., and Chen, D., 2017. Effects of microstructure on water imbibition in sandstones using X‐ray computed tomography and neutron radiography, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, v. 122, 2016JB013786.
  7. Zhang, Q., Dong, Y., Liu, S., Elsworth, D., and Zhao, Y., 2017. Shale pore characterization using NMR Cryoporometry with octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane as the probe liquid, Energy&Fuels, v. 31(7), pp 6951-6959.
  8. Wang, L., Chen, E., Liu, S., Cheng, Y., Cheng, L., Chen, M., and Guo, H., 2017. Experimental study on the effect of inherent moisture on hard coal adsorption–desorption characteristics, Adsorption, v. 23(5), pp 723-742.
  9. Cao, Y., Zhang, J., Zhai, H., Fu, G., Tian, L., and Liu, S., 2017. CO2 gas fracturing: A novel reservoir stimulation technology in low permeability gassy coal seams, Fuel, v. 203, pp 197-207.
  10. Fan, L., and Liu, S., 2017. A conceptual model to characterize and model compaction behavior and permeability evolution of broken rock mass in coal mine gobs, International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 172, pp 60-70.
  11. Wang, L., Liu, S., Cheng, Y., Yin, G., Zhang, D., and Guo, P., 2017. Reservoir reconstruction technologies for coalbed methane recovery in deep and multiple seams, International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, v. 27(2), pp 277-284.
  12. Chakraborty, N., Karpyn, Z., Liu, S., and Yoon, H., 2017. Permeability evolution of shale during spontaneous imbibition, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, v. 38, pp 590-596.
  13. Zhang, R., and Liu, S., 2017. Experimental and theoretical characterization of methane and CO2 sorption hysteresis in coals based on Langmuir desorption, International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 171, pp 49-60.
  14. Qin, L., Zhai, C., Liu, S., Xu, J., Yu, G., and Sun, Y., 2017. Changes in the petrophysical properties of coal subjected to liquid nitrogen freeze-thaw–A nuclear magnetic resonance investigation, Fuel, v. 194, pp 102-114.
  15. Wang, L., Liu, S., Cheng, Y., Yin, G., Guo, P., and Mou, J., 2017. The effects of magma intrusion on localized stress distribution and its implications for coal mine outburst hazards, Engineering Geology, v. 218, pp 12-21.
  16. Zhao, Y., Sun, Y., Liu, S., Wang, K., Jiang, Y., 2017. Pore structure characterization of coal by NMR cryoporometry, Fuel, v. 190, pp 359-369.
  17. Wang, S., Liu, S., Sun, Y., Jiang, D., and Zhang, X., 2017. Investigation of coal components of Late Permian different ranks bark coal using AFM and Micro-FTIR, Fuel, v. 187, pp 51-57.
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.