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Ruben Juanes

Ruben Juanes
  • Title Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
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  • Faculties Climate, Environment & Life Science
  • Address Room 1-363
  • Telephone 617.253.7191
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  • Ingeniero de Caminos 1997, University of La Coruna, Spain
  • MS 1999, UC Berkeley
  • PhD 2003, UC Berkeley

Research Interests

I am a computational geoscientist and engineer, with a strong interest in the physics of multiphase flow in porous media. My research focuses on advancing our fundamental understanding and predictive capabilities of the simultaneous flow of two or more fluids through rocks, soils and other porous materials. Research in my group combines theory, simulation and experiments that elucidate fundamental aspects of multi-fluid flow, which we then apply for prediction of large-scale Earth science problems in the areas of energy and the environment, including geological carbon sequestration, methane hydrates, and ecohydrology of arid environments.

Teaching Interests

  • 1.035 – Structural and Soil Mechanics
  • 1.72 – Groundwater Hydrology
  • 1.723 – Computational Methods for Flow in Porous Media
  • 1.724s – Carbon Capture and Storage: Science, Technology and Policy

Awards and Honors

  • 2024 – Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Lectureship Award
  • 2012 – Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geoscience
  • 2010 – Department of Energy Early Career Award
  • 2010 – Plenary speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrates
  • 2008 – ARCO Professorship in Energy Studies
  • 2007 – Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Professorship
  • 2006 – Plenary speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Flow and Transport through Permeable Media
  • 2006 – Invited participant, National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering Symposium”

Selected Publications

  1. Cueto-Felgueroso and R. Juanes. Forecasting long-term gas production from shale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.110(49), 19660-19661 (2013).
  2. Jha, L. Cueto-Felgueroso and R. Juanes. Synergetic fluid mixing from viscous fingering and alternating injection. Physical Review Letters111, 144501 (2013).
  3. J. Hidalgo, J. Fe, L. Cueto-Felgueroso and R. Juanes. Scaling of convective mixing in porous media. Physical Review Letters109, 264503 (2012).
  4. Nicolaides, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, M. C. González and R. Juanes. A metric of influential spreading during contagion dynamics through the air transportation network. PLoS ONE7(7), e40961 (2012).
  5. Holtzman, M. L. Szulczewski, and R. Juanes. Capillary fracturing in granular media. Physical Review Letters108, 264504 (2012).
  6. L. Szulczewski, C. W. MacMinn, H. J. Herzog, and R. Juanes. Lifetime of carbon capture and storage as a climate-change mitigation technology.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.109(14), 5185-5189 (2012).
  7. Cueto-Felgueroso and R. Juanes. Macroscopic phase-field modeling of partial wetting: bubbles in a capillary tube. Physical Review Letters108, 144502 (2012).
  8. K. Kang, M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne and R. Juanes. Spatial Markov model of anomalous transport through random lattice networks. Physical Review Letters107, 180602 (2011).
  9. Jha, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, and R. Juanes. Fluid mixing from viscous fingering. Physical Review Letters106, 194502 (2011).
  10. P. Scandella, C. Varadharajan, H. F. Hemond, C. Ruppel, and R. Juanes. A conduit dilation model of methane venting from lake sediments.Geophysical Research Letters38, L06408 (2011).
  11. W. MacMinn, M. L. Szulczewski, and R. Juanes. CO2 migration in saline aquifers. Part 2. Combined capillary and solubility trapping.Journal of Fluid Mechanics688:321-351 (2011).
  12. W. MacMinn, M. L. Szulczewski, and R. Juanes. CO2 migration in saline aquifers. Part 1. Capillary trapping under slope and groundwater flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics662:329-351 (2010).
  13. Juanes, C. W. MacMinn, and M. L. Szulczewski. The footprint of the CO2 plume during carbon dioxide storage in saline aquifers: storage efficiency for capillary trapping at the basin scale. Transport in Porous Media82(1):19-30 (2010).
  14. K. Jain and R. Juanes. Preferential mode of gas invasion in sediments: grain-scale mechanistic model of coupled multiphase fluid flow and sediment mechanics. Journal of Geophysical Research114, B08101 (2009).
  15. Cueto-Felgueroso and R. Juanes. A phase-field model of unsaturated flow. Water Resources Research45, W10409 (2009).
  16. Cueto-Felgueroso and R. Juanes. Nonlocal interface dynamics and pattern formation in gravity-driven unsaturated flow through porous media. Physical Review Letters101, 244504 (2008).
  17. Juanes, E. J. Spiteri, F. M. Orr, Jr., and M. J. Blunt. Impact of relative permeability hysteresis on geological CO2 storage. Water Resources Research42, W12418 (2006).