Energy GeoEngineering Laboratory


Welcome to our group website!

We arrived at KAUST in March 2015 to build an unparalleled academic effort that involves both education (Energy Geo-Engineering and Science program) and research (Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center, ANPERC). And, we remain focused on preparing and vesting the next generation of leaders in academia and engineering.


Our 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, 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.

Kind regards,


C. Santamarina

Our vision:

- Energy is critical to life. Our “geo-engineering and science” field has a critical role to play in the worldwide energy challenge.

Our goals:

- Fundamental understanding

- Creative engineering solutions

- New generation of exceptional academicians, research scientists and engineers

- Unique academic environment and personal experienced