Prof. Karamalidis Participates in an International Interlaboratory Experiment -Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 28, 2011

Prof. Karamalidis Participates in an International Interlaboratory Experiment

CEE Assistant Research Professor Thanasis Karamalidis, along with collaborators from the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), is participating in an international interlaboratory comparison of experimental techniques used to study interactions in gas-fluid-mineral systems, mostly related to geologic sequestration of CO2. The project engages more than 14 national and academic laboratories worldwide.  It is organized and led by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Hannover, Germany and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Menlo Park, CA, USA.

Over the past decade numerous groups on all continents set up gas-fluid-mineral experiments at high temperature and pressure conditions relevant to geologic CO2 sequestration using a variety of approaches and facilities. The goal in these studies has been to address questions related to geochemical interactions involved with  new energy-related technologies, like CO2 sequestration,  geothermal systems, enhanced oil/gas recovery, development of shale oil and gas,  and others.

The interlaboratory comparison project aims to fill the gaps between the various experimental approaches. Thanasis and his students and collaborators have developed special experimental equipment and techniques that are being implemented in the NETL laboratories.    

CEE Assistant Resident Professor Thanasis Karamalidis (left) and PhD student Craig Griffith (right) standing next to the rocking autoclave units and a syringe pump used for the international interlaboratory comparison studies at National Energy Technology Laboratory facilities. CEE Assistant Research Professor Thanasis Karamalidis (left) and PhD student Craig Griffith (right) standing next to the rocking autoclave units and a syringe pump used for the international interlaboratory comparison studies at National Energy Technology Laboratory facilities.