Kelly Lab - Columbia

What we work on

The Kelly Lab studies the evolution of multiphase flow and physical-chemical fluid-mineral interactions in complex geologic porous media, specializing in nanoporous and dual-porosity systems. We are broadly interested in a spectrum of energy-related sedimentary and igneous/metamorphic rocks as well as clays, soils and engineered materials such as membranes and cements. Liquid-gas-mineral interactions in these rock and material systems drive a host of sustainable energy and environmental applications, including subsurface carbon storage and mineralization (e.g., basalts). The lab integrates pore- to core-scale sample analyses and measurement techniques, microscopy, micro/nanofluidics, and computational fluid dynamics methods (CFD) to identify emergent pore-scale phenomena.

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Pore-Confinement Effects

Unconventional Mechanisms

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Identify Emergent Dynamics

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Fluid-Mineral Interactions

Enhance and Optimize

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Link to Petrophysical Measurements

Upscale Pore to Bulk

Project themes


Fluid storage & containment | Sustainable resource production

Geologic Carbon Storage and Mineralization

Surface and subsurface rocks and cements

wellbore in subsurface
Sustainable Hydrocarbon Recovery & Mining

EOR/IOR, water use strategies

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)

Fracture conductivity and leak-off

hydrothermal alteration in basalt
Other Sustainable Energy & Water Applications

Hydrogen storage, enhanced weathering, hydrogeology, aquifer remediation, deep nuclear waste storage, etc.

We integrate microscale experiments, modeling, and imaging to isolate emergent fluid flow mechanisms and link those results to bulk sample measurements and field data.

Kelly Lab Group