CFSES Highlights / Reports

Our highlights pages give examples of our work, including scientific achievement, significance and impact, publications resulting from the work to date, and contacts for further information. Click on one of the links below to start reading about our integrated research projects.

More on carbon dioxide injection at the Frio-I Brine Pilot; Anastasia Ilgen and Randall Cygan; IJGGC During the Frio-I Brine Pilot CO2 injection experiment in Texas, in 2004, distinct geochemical changes in response to the injection of 1600 tons of carbon dioxide Read More


View the Rapid-Fire Presentation Slides from our recent CFSES Semi-Annual Meeting on April 3, 2014 for a quick overview of our research highlights.

Intercalcation of CO2 in Clay Layers for Additional Storage Capacity  Our molecular simulations have provided a model confirming the intercalation of CO2 into a montmorillonite clay interlayer based on the red-shift in the vibrational energy of the asymmetrical stretch of  CO2  Read More    

Improved Understanding of CO2/Brine/Mineral Interactions  Derived contact angles for supercricital CO2, in water and brine, on the basal surfaces of kaolinite clay. Read More

Quantification of Residual Trapping  High resolution X-ray computed tomography of column experiments of injected CO2. Read More 

Bioclogging to Prevent CO2 Leakage Pathways  Biological experiments demonstrate that microbial biofilm can continue to clog porous media. Read More 

Tools to Study Emergent Phenomena  New mathematical techniques to couple pore networks using mortars were used. Read More 

Improved Pore-Scale Models of CaCO3 Precipitation  Developed coupled reactive transport pore-scale models with highly resolved hydrodynamic flow fields. Read More 

Improving Injectivity Rates without Wellbore or Reservoir Damage  Improved understanding for caprock integrity, CO2-injection-induced damage, and localization of leakage pathways. Read More 

Computationally Efficient Tools for Parameter Estimation and Uncertainty Analyses  Developed a strategy to employ computationally efficient and practical framework for parameter estimation and prediction uncertainty. Read More

Preventing Wellbore Damage during CO2 Injection  Developed novel computational method for modeling fluid-induced discrete fracture propagation. Read More

Suppressing Joint Reactivation in Caprocks  Demonstrated that injection pressure induced joint reactivation impacts caprock integrity for leakage and may limit sustainable injection rates. Read More

Stable CO2 foam for leakage risk reduction  Shown experimentally that nanoparticle-stabilized foams generate stable dispersions of CO2 analog fluid in high-salinity brine.  Read More

Mineral Trapping as a Mechanism to Seal Leakage Pathways  Field observations at the Little Grand Wash fault in Utah .  Read More

Analog Field Site Suggests Smaller Dissolution Rates than Expected  First estimates of volume of dissolved CO2 and CO2 dissolution rates based on a field analog site.  Read  More

Seismic Inversion Technique to Provide High-Resolution CO2 Monitoring  A powerful new “seismic inversion” technique  uses time-lapse seismic data to make high resolution images useful for evaluating subsurface migration of CO2 following geologic sequestration.  Read More