Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security


The Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) is pursuing scientific understanding of multiscale, multiphysics processes to ensure safe and economically feasible storage of carbon dioxide and other byproducts of energy production without harming the environment.


CFSES Members Attend DOE-EFRC PI Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Members of CFSES attended the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Center PI meeting July 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Director Larry Lake presented an overview of CFSES at the meeting. 

Prasanna Krishnamurthy shown in photo explaining his poster on "Engineered Heterogeneity in Sand Packs for Evaluating CO2 Saturation During Buoyancy-Driven Flow" to DOE EFRC program manager P. "Thiyaga" ThiyagarajanResearch highlight talks from CFSES included: "Advances in Understanding Buoyancy-Dominated Flow in Heterogeneous Geologic Systems" (Tip Meckel), "Performance Assessment of Jointed/Faulted Caprock During CO2 Sequestration" (Pania Newell), and "Rock Mechanical Alteration Due to Flow of CO2-Charged Brine: Shear Strength of Crystal Geyser Outcrop Samples" (Matt Balhoff).

A number of students, post-docs and PIs presented posters on CFSES work, including Prasanna Krishnamurthy shown in photo (left) explaining his poster on "Engineered Heterogeneity in Sand Packs for Evaluating CO2 Saturation During Buoyancy-Driven Flow" to DOE EFRC program manager P. "Thiyaga" Thiyagarajan.

Other posters highlighted: "The Effect of Hydrous Supercritical Carbon Dioxide on the Mohr Coulomb Failure Envelope in Boise Sandstone" (Charles Choens), "Fluid Dynamics Model for Pore-Scale Wetting Phenomena" (Mario Martinez), "P4-Discrete Element Modeling of Rock Mechanical Alteration Due to CO2-Charged Brine" (Zhuang Sun), and "Universal Linear Time-Dependence of Permeability Through Dissolving Fractures Induced by Acidic Fluid" (Lichun Wang).

During the meeting, the CFSES team had the special opportunity to dine together at The Army & Navy Club in Washington, D.C., and to enjoy seeing both the library with close to 20,000 volumes and the club's many art pieces that capture important military battles (as shown in the photo below).

CFSES team had the special opportunity to dine together at The Army & Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

CFSES Wins "Best Narrative" in DOE Intersection of Sound and Science Podcast Contest

June 28 -The Department of Energy Office of Science announced the five winners of the "Intersection of Sound and Science Podcast" contest, and the CFSES entry was recognized for "Best Narrative." Congratulations to Anastasia Ilgen and Victoria Osborne on a job well done!

Sound to Analyze, Interpret, and Understand Data from Experiment and Theory, Overall Winner  - Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM) led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tailoring Alloys to be Radiation-tolerant for Clean and Safe Energy Production, Best Team Effort - Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Rhythm of Science, Best Narrative - Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) led by the University of Texas at Austin

The Dance of the Electrons and the Scientist, Best Science Music Composition - Center for the Computational Design of Functional Layered Materials (CCDM) led by Temple University

Plant Cell Walls, a Symphony of Solid Sunlight, Best Explanation of a Scientific Concept - Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) led by the Pennsylvania State University

Masa Prodanovic Named a "Texas Ten" Professor

CPGE Researcher Masa Prodanovic Named a Texas Ten ProfessorOur very own Masa Prodanovic (Associate Professor, Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow, Petroleum Engineering)has been named to the Texas Ten list: nominated and voted on by UT alumni, the Texas Ten are professors who have made a difference in the lives and careers of those fortunate enough to have attended their classes.

Congratulations Masa!

From lengthy, heartwarming diatribes about life-changing lectures to all-caps declarations of a professor’s awesomeness, each year, the Texas 10 nominations elicit a feeling of pride for Longhorns. And why not? Alumni finally have the chance to give their favorite professor an A+. It’s recognition for those who have made a lasting impact on our lives. From the more than 75 nominated educators, past and present, across disciplines, we’ve culled the list down to the 10 most deserving professors of 2017. Read more>>

 

CFSES Annual Meeting in Albuquerque on Jan 10-11, 2017

CFSES members and our External Advisory Board attended the annual CFSES meeting on January 10th and 11th, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

During the event, CFSES held an awards ceremony to acknowledge the hard work and strong publication record the center has achieved in the first two years of its most recent funding from DOE. The center has published 47 peer-reviewed papers in 31 different journals. Read more>>



(pictured above - CFSES Director Larry Lake presents scientists and students awards for 47 publications. Tip Meckel (UT), David DiCarlo (UT), Prasanna Krishnamurthy (UT) and Hongkyu Yoon (Sandia) won an award for a collaborative paper that came out at the very end of 2016.)

CFSES Annual Meeting: February 17-18, 2016

CFSES Director Larry Lake welcomes attendees to the annual meetingThe University of Texas welcomed all CFSES members and our External Advisory Board to our annual CFSES meeting on February 17 and 18, 2016 at the West Pickle Research Campus. Read more >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFSES at COP21 - Paris

Katherine Romanak (left, center) at the CFSES booth at COP21 in Paris.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Olson (above right), Assistant Director of CFSES, visits with Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr at the U.S. Center at the United Nations Climate Change Conference at COP21 in Paris.