Research Projects

Current and Recently Completed Projects

Illinois Center for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide  Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

PI:  S. Frailey (Illinois State Geological Survey); Partners: University of Illinois, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Geology; University of Texas; University of Notre Dame; Wright State Univ.; University of Southern California; Schlumberger; Norstar; SINTEF  

Biogeochemical Processes that Control Natural Attenuation of Trichloroethylene in Low Permeability Zones Sponsored by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Partnership (SERDP)

PI: C.J. Werth (Univ Texas); co-PIs: A.J. Valocchi, R. Sanford (Univ Illinois), T. Strathmann (Col. School of Mines), C. Schaefer (CB&I Federal Services), M. Elsner, (Helmholtz Center Munich), O. Shouakar-Stash   (Univ of Waterloo)


Microbiological-enhanced mixing across scales during in-situ bioreduction of metals and radionuclides at Department of Energy Sites  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program

Co-PIs: C. J. Werth (Univ Texas), R. Sanford, Wen-Tso Liu, (Univ. of Illinois) Kalyana Nakshatrala, (Univ of Houston)

 Collaborators— Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL):Mart Oostrom, Changyong Zhang, Scientist III, Chemical & Materials Sciences Division 

Predicting the Movement of Subsurface Contaminants Using Massively Parallel, Multiscale, Multiphase, Multicomponent Reactive Flow Codes Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, SciDAC – Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing

Collaborators: Dr. Peter Lichtner (PI—Los Alamos); J.D. Moulton, M. Pernice, B. Phillips (Los Alamos), R.T. Mills (Oak Ridge); G. Hammond, S. Yabusaki (Pacific Northwest  National Laboratory), B. Smith (Argonne National Laboratory

Integrated Experimentation and Hybrid Modeling for Prediction and Control of Multi-Phase Flow and Reaction in CO2 Injection and Storage Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory  Collaborators: C. Werth (Illinois)  J. William Carey(PI),  Amr Abdel-Fattah; Scott Backhaus; Qinjun Kang; Peter Lichtner; Dave Moulton; Yusheng Zhao (LANL)Dorthe Wildenschild, Oregon State

Improving Prediction of Subsurface Flow and Transport through Exploratory Data Analysis and Complementary Modeling Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Hydrologic Sciences Program

Collaborators: Prof.Eyal Amir  (co-PI—Dept Computer Science)

Coupling Hydrologic, Economic, and Social Network Models to Improve Understanding of Surface Water-Groundwater Interactions for Protection of Instream Flows Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Coupled Natural-Human Systems Program 

Collaborators: Profs. Nick Brozovic (PI—Dept of Ag & Consumer Economics), Ximing Cai, John Braden (Dept. of Ag & Consumer Economics),  Stephen Gasteyer  (Dept. of Human and Community Development)