Subsurface Energy

2018 ~ Present | DOE/NETL, AECOM, NSF ERC Center for Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics (CBBG)


Energy has become one of the world's biggest engineering challenges. Current carbon-based energy supply faces conventional reserves depletion and climatic hurdles. The goal of this project is to address enhanced subsurface energy recovery and associated environmental mitigation from a geoengineering perspective. The team will study fundamental hydro-thermo-chemo-bio-mechanical properties of geomaterials and pore fluids at elevated pressure and temperature conditions. The team will participate with the National Gas Hydrate Research Program, the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Project, and NSF Engineering Research Center for Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics (CBBG).

Issues Involved or Addressed

Enhanced geothermal systems, bio-inspired heat exchanger, gas hydrate, geological carbon sequestration, microbial motility and their impacts on flow in porous media

Methods and Technologies

  • High Pressure/Temperature
  • X-ray Imaging and Data Processing
  • Wave Characterization
  • Tools/Sensors Development

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics - Applied

Preferred Interests and Preparation

CEE/EAS/ME: Background in mechanics; interests in programming, image analysis, data processing.

CEE/EE: Experience in sensors and microprocessors, arduino, or raspberry pi, and code writing.

CEE/Bio/Phy: Background in microbiology, cultures growth; interests in imaging and image processing.

Meeting Schedule & Location



Meeting Location: 

Mason 2131

Meeting Day: 


Team Advisors

Dr. Sheng Dai (CEE)


DOE/NETL, AECOM, NSF ERC Center for Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics (CBBG)