6-10 May 2019
Europe/Madrid timezone

Invited Speakers

Prof. Sally M Benson

Stanford University

Long Term Evolution of Residually Trapped Carbon Dioxide Due to Ostwald Ripening

Sally M. Benson joined Stanford University in 2007 where she is a professor of energy resources engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage. Professor Benson is a hydrogeologist with broad experience working on a range from subsurface flow and transport problems, including geothermal energy, nuclear waste disposal, contaminant hydrology, and for the past 20 years, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration. In her role as Co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Benson is responsible for fostering cross-campus collaborations on energy and guiding the growth and development of a diverse research portfolio in energy research. Formerly, Benson was at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she held a variety of key positions, including Deputy Director, Associate Director for Energy Sciences and Director of the Earth Sciences Division. She also uses energy systems analysis to help guide decisions about the most promising pathways for clean energy development. Benson received a B.A. in Geology from Barnard College and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Material Science and Mineral Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.


Prof. Daniel Bonn

University of Amsterdam

Wet granular materials: from building sandcastles to the construction of the Egyptian pyramids.

Prof. dr. Daniel Bonn, is professor of physics and head of the van der Waals-Zeeman Institute at the University of Amsterdam. He heads the ‘Soft Matter’ research priority area of the Faculty of Science, which brings together physicists, chemists, biologists and informatics people, similarly to the current proposal. Before coming to Amsterdam, he was a CNRS research director at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he led the ‘complex fluids’ group. He published more than 250 papers on wetting, complex fluids, hydrodynamics and mechanics with over 60 papers in Physical Review Letters, more than 15,300 citations and an H-index of 66. He is recipient of the first Marie Curie Excellence award, the most important scientific prize of the European Community for his ‘outstanding and ground-breaking’ work on complex fluids. He owns three patents. Over 30 PhD students have graduated under his supervision, many of whom now work at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Sorbonne, Paris and Osaka. Bonn currently supervises 8 PhD students, 3 postdocs, and 2 master students. In the past few decade or so, Bonn developed a large amount of industrial collaborations such as with Michelin, SKF and Unilever, Shell, DSM, Akzo Nobel, ASML etc. Bonn is also co-founder of the start-up company GreenA that just received a Round A investment from a venture capital firm.


Prof. Jan Carmeliet

ETH Zurich

Multiphase flow and phase change processes in deforming porous materials: coupled experimental-computational approach at pore scale.

Jan Carmeliet is full professor at the Chair of Building Physics at the department of Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

Jan Carmeliet got his PhD in Civil Engineering at K.U.Leuven in 1992 and was postdoc at TU Delft in 1993-1994. He was in 2007 on sabbatical leave at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and at Los Alamos Governmental Laboratories. His research resulted until now in more than 250 scientific journal papers and more than 30 PhD theses. His research interests concern urban climate and urban heat island mitigation, multiscale behaviour of porous and granular materials and their fluid interactions.


Prof. Jan Dirk Jansen

TU Delft

Systems and control theory for flow and deformation in porous media.

Jan-Dirk Jansen is Professor of Reservoir Systems and Control, and Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands. Prof. Jansens research domain is the use of systems and control theory for influencing and optimizing subsurface flow and mechanics. For many years he focused on oil and gas production but more recently he has become increasingly active in geothermal energy applications and production - or injection-induced seismicity.


Prof. Amilcare Porporato

Princeton University

"Ecohydrology: interactions of life and water around a porous medium"

Porporato earned a MS (cum laude) and a PhD from the Polytechnic of Turin and is currently is the Thomas J Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University.
He received the Arturo Parisatti International Price (1996) and was the first Landolt & Cie Visiting Chair at EPFL. His awards include: the Utku’ award and the Earl Brown II Outstanding Faculty Award from Duke university, the Lagrange fellowship from the Polytechnic of Turin, AGU fellow (2012), Borland lecture (Hydrology Days 2015), and the 2016 AGU Hydrology award.
Editor of Water Resources Research (2004-09) and Hydrological Processes (2011-17) and editorial board member of Advances in Water Resources and the Hydrologic Science Journal, his research interests regard nonlinear and stochastic dynamical systems, land-atmosphere interaction, ecohydrology and biogeochemistry, sustainability and water resources and environmental thermodynamics.  He is author of more than 200 papers, co-author of the book "Ecohydrology of water controlled ecosystems" (Cambridge) and the edited book "Dryland Ecohydrology" (Springer).


Dr. Veronika Schleper

Robert Bosch GmbH

"The role of porous media in PEM fuel cells"

Dr. Schleper is a research scientist at Robert Bosch GmbH. She holds a PhD in Mathematics from Kaiserslautern University and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral fellow on modeling and simulation of multiphase flows and virtual prototyping in an interdisciplinary research project at University of Stuttgart and the Stuttgart Research Center for Simulation Technology. In 2016 she joined Robert Bosch GmbH and currently leads the simulation team of a PEM fuel cell research project there. Her focus lies on fluid dynamics in fuel cells, especially on multiphase flow in the porous layers of fuel cells and on the impact of flow field design on fuel cell performance and degradation.



Prof. Charles Werth

UT Austin

Microbial processes that allow pollutant biodegradation in toxic and inaccessible micro-environments within porous media

Charles J. Werth is a Professor and the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair in Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Werth received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. His research focuses on the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, the development of innovative catalytic technologies for drinking water treatment, and the mitigation of environmental impacts associated with energy production and generation. In his research, he develops and/or uses noninvasive imaging, environmental microfluidics, nanotechnology, spectroscopic analysis, numerical modeling, and life cycle assessment. Dr. Werth has published 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his research is supported by grants from both government agencies and private companies. Dr. Werth is presently Editor-and-Chief of Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. He is the recipient of two best paper awards from Environmental Science and Technology (2010 & 2017), and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1997). He was a member of the US EPAs Science Advisory Board (2014-2016), and was named a Wiley Fellow by DOE’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (2011-2014), a Humbolt Research Fellow (2004-2005) by the German government, and a High-End Foreign Expert (2014-Present) by the Chinese government.


Dr. Joshua White

Lawrence Livermore N.L.

Scalable Solvers for Multiphase Poromechanics

Joshua A. White
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Dr. White is a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He then joined LLNL in 2009 as a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow.  He currently leads the Subsurface Flow and Transport Group at the laboratory. His research focuses on integrating field monitoring techniques with large-scale computing to improve our understanding of complex geologic systems.  Current applications of interest include carbon sequestration, unconventional energy production, and induced seismicity.


Prof. Matthias Thommes

University Erlangen-Nürnberg 

Progress and challenges in the textural characterization of nanoporous materials

Professor Matthias Thommes is Head of the Institute for Separation Science and Technology, which belongs to the Department of Chemical and Bioengineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University  Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.  Before this position, he was Scientific Director at Quantachrome Corporation, Boynton Beach Fl, USA. Prof. Thommes is a Visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh, U.K and a Guest Professor at Lorraine University, Nancy France. In addition he leads a number of authoritative bodies in his field including: Council Member of the International Zeolite Association (IZA), Chairman of the IUPAC (International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry) Task Group – “Physisorption of Gases, with Special Reference to the Evaluation of Surface Area and Pore Size Distributions” , Vice-chair of Separations Division Area 2e of American Institute of  Chemical Engineering (AIChE, from 2013 – 2017), Convener of the International Standard Organization (ISO) Working Group on Surface Area and Porosity,  Principal Scientific Advisor to the new ARPA-E/DOE funded NIST/FACT laboratory (Gaithersburg, Maryland). Dr. Thommes has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Adsorption Society (IAS) between 2007-2013 and a Council Member of the International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA, 2006-2013). He also serves in the as Editorial Board Member of the journal Adsorption, Journal Advanced Porous Materials, and Adsorption Science &Technology. 


Dr. Francisco Perez Reche

University of Aberdeen 

Network models for physical and biological processes in porous media

Dr. Francisco Perez-Reche is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology at University of Aberdeen. He received a PhD in Physics from Universitat de Barcelona and held postdoctoral positions at Ecole Polytechnique and University of Cambridge. His research has a marked interdisciplinary character that, broadly speaking, uses mathematical modelling and statistical mechanics as core disciplines to address questions relevant to a broad range of fields including biological and environmental sciences, condensed matter physics and materials science. With regards to porous media, he is developing network models to describe a range of processes such as biological invasions, capillary condensation or fluid flow. The central aim of this research is to understand how topological and structural properties of porous media affect processes at large scales. 


Dr. Carmen Rodrigo Cardiel

University of Zaragoza 

Robust discretizations for fluid-flow problems in deformable porous media.

Dr. Rodrigo obtained  her PhD in Applied Mathematics with distinction and with the European mention at the University of Zaragoza in 2010. Her PhD was also selected by SEMA (Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics) as finalist of the 2010 ECCOMAS PhD Award. Currently, she has an Associate Professor position at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Zaragoza. Dr. Rodrigo’s main area of research is numerical methods for partial differential equations, primarily the development and analysis of iterative methods for the solution of the systems of algebraic equations that are obtained after discretization. Her research interests include the study of flow problems in rigid, deformable and fractured porous media, with an emphasis on stable discretizations and efficient solvers for this type of problems. Due to her research career, in 2015 she was honored with the SEMA Award "Antonio Valle" to Young Researchers.


Dr. Alexandre Tartakovsky

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Learning Parameters and Constitutive Relationships with Physics-Informed Deep Neural Networks

Alexandre Tartakovsky is a Laboratory Fellow and Associate Division Director for Computational Mathematics in the Advanced Computing, Mathematics and Data Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  His research focuses on scientific machine learning, multiscale mathematics, uncertainty quantification and Lagrangian particle methods. Dr. Tartakovsky received his master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Kazan State University, Russia, and a doctoral degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining PNL, he worked as a posdoctoral research scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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