Energy GeoEngineering Laboratory
Red Sea Sediments
SEM photographs reveal the role of bio-activity on the formation of sediments beneath the brine pool in the Red Sea.
Methane Hydrates Characterization
We developed pressure core characterization technology to measure the properties without ever depressurizing
Invasion vs Nucleation
Micromodel study of the evolution of unsaturation during (1) gas invasion as compared to (2) gas nucleation.
High resolution microtomograph of ice lenses formed in kaolinite paste.
Sediments may experience incremental volumetric and shear strains when subjected to a large number of load cycles.
The Red Sea
Our own laboratory outside our offices!
EGEL’s research places emphasis on the fundamental understanding of geo-materials, coupled thermo-hydro-bio-chemo-mechanically processes and emergent phenomena, with advanced applications for the energy sector. Our approach is based on elegant experimental designs (with extensive instrumentation and monitoring), complemented with simple but robust analytical solutions and numerical simulations.
The conditions at KAUST are exceptional. Our secure campus is a “live and work” community in a beautiful setting on the Red Sea and is home to over 5000 professionals, students, academics and their families. From an academic perspective, KAUST has unrivalled research facilities, world-renowned academics, and already has the fastest growing citation record in the world.
If you are visiting our website as a potential applicant to our group, we can confidently say that the KAUST experience is a truly unique opportunity for brilliant PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows who share the dream to make a difference in our field and in the world. We hope you will consider KAUST and our program.