Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security

The Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security aims to gain a scientific understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological subsurface processes from the very small scale to very large scale so that engineers can predict the behavior of CO2 and other byproducts of the energy production that may need to be stored in the subsurface.

The center works to integrate and expand knowledge of subsurface phenomena across scientific disciplines using both experimental and modeling methodologies to better understand and quantify the behavior at conditions far from equilibrium. The unique aspect of teh center’s research is the approach of the uncertainty and of the complexity of the fluids in the geologic media from the molecular scale to the basin scale and their integration in computational tools to better predict the long term behavior of subsurface energy byproduct storage.