Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO<sub>2</sub> (NCGC)


Donald J. DePaolo

Lead Institution:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


To build a fundamental understanding of molecular-to-pore-scale processes in fluid-rock systems, and to demonstrate the ability to control critical aspects of flow, transport, and mineralization in porous rock media as applied to the injection and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in subsurface reservoirs. 

Research Topics:

bio-inspired, mechanical behavior, carbon sequestration

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: oxide, polymer, porous

INTERFACES: gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid


Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, high-throughput screening methods, extreme scale computing

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ohio State Univeresity 
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Washington University in St. Louis 



BES Staff Contact:

P. Thiyagarajan (Thiyaga)
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