Low-field NMR Studies to Probe Motion and Dynamics in Rock Pore Structures

University of Manchester

Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

Project Description

Quantification of transport and dynamics in rock pore structures is essential for understanding, optimising and enhancing oil and gas recovery as well as assess the capacity and effectiveness for CO2 storage. Currently, most of the tests aiming at predicting enhanced oil recovery performances are carried out using expensive and time-consuming core flood tests. The development of new and more affordable experimental protocols in this area is therefore a much sought-after goal.

A fully-funded iCASE PhD position on “Low-field NMR studies to probe motion and dynamics in rock pore structures” is available in the Catalysis & Porous Materials Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) at the University of Manchester, working with Dr Carmine D’Agostino, in collaboration with BP as industrial project partner. The main aim of this PhD project is to develop new experimental protocols exploiting low-field, bench-top Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques, which ultimately can predict the behaviour of rock pore structures in enhanced oil recovery applications.

Funding Information

The stipend will be £22,000 per year, tax free.

Eligibility Requirements

The project is an EPSRC/BP Industrial CASE. Eligibility is restricted to UK/EU applicants only.

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 honours degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering or related disciplines.

Application Process

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Carmine D’Agostino.

Supplementary Information

This position is open until filled.

Supervisors: Dr. Carmine D’Agostino

To apply for this PhD, please use the following application link: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/