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We study the physical properties and processes of rocks and geomaterials under conditions of stress, temperature, and fluid content. Our approach is to combine laboratory measurements, field data, chemistry, mechanics, geologic concepts, theory, and numerical simulations to build predictive models of the physical behavior of rocks and geomaterials.

Using the excellent facilities available in our laboratory and elsewhere on the Stanford campus, current members of the program are working on topics that span a variety of subjects, including monitoring processes within the subsurface through seismic waves and acoustic emissions to the creations of functional materials and related structures that mimic rocks and/or subsurface processes.

Applications of our research span a range of topics, including the injection of CO2, hydrogen, and fluids for enhanced geothermal systems, remediation of methane leakage through cement sheet, and sustainable geomaterials.