Just as the Geosciences are evolving to address issues of importance to society and changing demographics of the student population, so the scope of this project will evolve in the future. The new program addresses the skills, competencies, and values that our students need to succeed in the future workforce and workplace.
Emphasis is on the properties of rocks and geomaterials and the processes to which they are exposed, whether they are natural or man-made. Through the use of the excellent facilities available in our laboratory and elsewhere on the Stanford campus, current members of the group are working on topics that span a variety of subjects, from the production of deep subsurface resources (e.g., Cracked tight formations), to human engineering and monitoring of the subsurface (e.g., Injection and mineralization of CO2 and Enhanced Geothermal Systems), to geomimetics for the manufacturing of sustainable materials being performant in harsh environments (e.g., Hydrocarbon leakage through cement sheet, encapsulation of waste, and high-temperature environments). Stay tuned for our upcoming paper on The Leading Edgeabout Decarbonizing our Future,which contains details about how rock physics is evolving to face this challenge.
Should your company be ready to embrace this transformation toward a more sustainable future, and be leaders in the next wave of innovation, inclusion, and research, please contact Prof. Tiziana Vanorio.
Teaching and Research within the SRB Project are aimed at understanding the physical properties of rocks, and how those properties evolve under in conditions of stress, pore fluid pressure, and temperature.
The SRB was founded in 1977 by Prof. Amos Nur. Our research is funded by an affiliate's group of energy companies, the US Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, GCEP, and the USGS.