Ruben Juanes

Director, Henry L. Pierce Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and Engineering
Primary Appointment - Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Computational geoscientist and engineer studying physics of multiphase flow in porous media with energy and environmental applications.

Research Interests

I am a geoscientist with a strong interest in the physics of multiphase flow in porous media.
My research focuses on advancing our fundamental understanding and predictive capabilities of the simultaneous flow of two or more fluids through rocks, soils and other porous materials.
Research in my group combines theory, simulation and experiments that elucidate fundamental aspects of multi-fluid flow, which we then apply for prediction of large-scale Earth science problems in the areas of energy and the environment, including geological carbon sequestration, methane hydrates, and ecohydrology of arid environments.

Topics I investigate:

  • Methane: methane hydrates in nature; methane venting from freshwater sediments
  • CO2: Geological carbon sequestration; capillary and solubility trapping; geomechanics
  • Oil: Enhanced oil recovery; flow instabilities; mixing; flow through fractured media
  • Water: Water infiltration; gravity fingering; ecohydrology of arid environments

Key Awards & Honors

  • 2024 • InterPore Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Lectureship Award
  • 2023 • Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2018 • Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Flow and Transport in Permeable Media
  • 2017 • Astor Visiting Lecturer, Oxford University
  • 2012 • Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geoscience

Key Publications

  • Szulczewski, M.L., MacMinn, C.W., Herzog, H., & Juanes, R. (2012). Lifetime of carbon capture and storage as a climate-change mitigation technologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 5185 – 5189. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1115347109

  • Zhao, B., MacMinn, C. W., & Juanes, R. (2016). Wettability control on multiphase flow in patterned microfluidicsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America113(37), 10251–10256. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1603387113

  • Alghannam, M., Juanes, R. (2020) Understanding rate effects in injection-induced earthquakesNat Commun 11, 3053. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16860-y