May 13 – 16, 2024
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Special Issues


As done in previous years, there will be the possibility of one or more special issues being created based on the minisymposia which will be taking place at this year’s conference. What is new this year though is the option of having these special issues published with the society’s very own journal “InterPore Journal”.

The possibility of publishing a special issue in Interpore Journal based on the presentations given at different minisymposia at the InterPore conference is an exciting opportunity which the Journal is actively working on. The journal's commitment to excellence and a rigorous peer-review process will ensure that the published articles will be of high quality and that they will contribute to the advancement of porous media science and technology.

If you are interested in proposing a special issue for the InterPore Journal, please contact the Managing Editor ( or the Editor in Chief ( Information regarding the Policies and Guidelines for Special Issues can also be found here. Alternatively, you can also contact Wendong Wang ( from the Conference Local Organizing Committee as he is responsible for Publications and the coordination of all Special Issues which may result from the conference. 

Energy & Fuels 

Special Issue InterPore2024: Recent Advances in Flow Through Porous Media for Energy Exploitation 


Background and Motives
At InterPore2024, there are 23 minisymposia, most of them dealt with flow and transport in porous media, which are of great significance for basic science and industrial applications, especially in energy exploitation. The underlying reason is that in particular multi-scale hierarchical porous structures simultaneously optimize area for energy conversion, volume for storage and connectivity and cross section for flow and transport. However, many fundamental and practical aspects of flow and transport processes, which are crucial in various energy applications, are not well understood. For instance, the existence of pore space morphology, different wetting conditions and interfacial forces of solid–fluid properties pose many scientific challenges to the fluid flow processes at different physical length scales for many applications ranging from electrode materials and gas diffusion layers in electrochemical devices to underground storage of hydrogen and CO2 to hydrocarbon recovery. Moreover, the physics involved during the flow and transport in tight formations require newer insight into the way we model porous media problems. In addition, due to the complexity of unconventional rocks and the strong interactions between fluids and pore surfaces, conventional approaches are typically not applicable to fluid flow in these porous reservoir rocks. Therefore, in-depth understanding for the fluid flow mechanism in porous media is of great importance for the energy exploitation.

Energy & Fuels, founded in 1987, aspires to publish the most exciting fundamental and applied research in the field of energy and fuels. We invite investigators to submit original research articles, as well as review articles, that will stimulate the continuous efforts on new and modern methods and techniques for understanding mechanisms involved in flow and transport of tight and ultra-tight porous media and unconventional rocks for energy exploitation.

Virtual special issue (VSI)

Topics Covered 
This Special Issue invites high-impact review or original papers that will stimulate the continuous efforts on new and modern methods and techniques for understanding mechanisms involved in flow and transport of tight and ultra-tight porous media and unconventional rocks for energy exploitation. All submission must be within the scope of Energy & Fuels ( Covered topics include, but are not limited to:
• Multiscale - Nano to micro-scale pore characterization
• Non-linear porous flow
• Theoretical and numerical models for Multiphase Flow
• Multiphase porous flow and wetting
• Link between flow and thermodynamic description
• Digital rock reconstruction
• Hydraulic fracturing and fracture dynamic characterization
• Capillary flow
• Porous materials related to catalysis in particular energy transition 
• Electrodes, membranes, gas diffusion layers in batteries, electrolysis.

Guest Editors 

Prof. Dr. Jianchao CaiChina University of Petroleum, Beijing, PR China
Prof. Dr. Steffen BergShell Global Solutions International B.V., The Hague, Netherlands

Instructions for Manuscript Submission
Abstracts and manuscripts should be submitted via the Energy & Fuels online submission system by selecting this Special Issue ( All submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the standards of Energy & Fuels, and will be evaluated on the basis of originality, quality, and relevance to this Special Issue. 

  • Manuscripts must be formatted according to the journal style, according to the journal’s guidelines to authors (see 
  • In the cover letter, please clearly state that the submission is for the special issue of “Recent Advances in Flow Through Porous Media for Energy Exploitation”. 
  • Once the submission is successful, please inform Guest editor Jianchao Cai as soon as possible.
  • In ACS online submission website, on the tab “Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract”, please locate the subsection “Special Issue Selection (By Invitation Only)” and then select “Recent Advances in Flow Through Porous Media for Energy Exploitation”.
  • Authors are required to provide the details (first and last name, institution, and email address) of at least 6 potential reviewers, adhering to the guidelines below for avoiding unnecessary delays: 
  • Potential reviewers should be experts in the topic area.
  • Potential reviewers should not be from any of the authors’ institutions. 
  • Suggested reviewers should be diverse and only one reviewer should be from a single institution.
  • Potential reviewers should not be editors of Energy & Fuels.
  • Authors should take care not to recommend reviewers that have a real or perceived conflict of interests (e.g., a collaborator or someone who has recently published with one of the co-authors).

Important Dates

Full paper submission time window: 1 Jan 2024 – 30 Aug 2024
Time for the editorial process:10 weeks
Completion of the Special Issue: 15 Nov 2024
Targeted time for publishing editorialJan 2025

Note: When a manuscript is returned to the authors for revision, the authors should address all comments of all reviewers and rebut any requests and comments that have been disregarded. The revised manuscript should be promptly returned to the assigned Editorial Office.

Advances in Water Resources

Special issue: Phase change in porous media


Phase change, such as evaporation, boiling, condensation, sublimation, crystallization, thawing and freezing, in porous media is ubiquitous at the subsurface of earth and other planets. The pertinent examples include, but not limited to, soil evaporation, crystallization in stone, vaporization/boiling in submarine hydrothermal systems as well as thermal remediation of contaminated soils, gas-condensate flow around wellbores in conventional reservoirs, freezing and thawing of subsurface water in regions experiencing subzero climates, hydrate formation during sequestration of CO2 in deep-oceanic sediments, and sublimation during mining ice from lunar regolith. Thus, it is of vital importance to understand in detail the processes of phase change in porous media.

Phase change in porous media is a complex phenomenon involving nucleation, heat and mass transfer, and fluid-solid interactions, which are intricately coupled. Interfaces between different phases significantly influence macro-scale processes. Hence, a multi-scale approach, from interface to pore to macro-scale, is crucial for a detailed understanding of the coupled processes in porous media. Especially, the link between the processes at different scales should be established, which, however, is still lacking in the literatures. Disclosure of this link is key to develop the appropriate upscaling method to construct accurate macro-scale models, forming the cornerstones for understanding the phase change processes in subsurface systems.

In this special issue, we are looking forward to the contributions of original research, technological advances, or integrative reviews focusing on multi-scale studies of phase change in porous media. Particularly encouraged are contributions showcasing new experimental methods and new theoretical models.  


  • Phase change
  • porous media
  • subsurface systems
  • Multi-scale study

Guest Editors:

Rui Wu (Managing Guest Editor)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Abkolreza Kharaghani


Marc Prat

Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse, CNRS