A key technology for the transition to a zero-carbon future is the storage of fluids and gases in the subsurface (geostorage). This includes carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) and the seasonal storage of hydrogen (and/or methane), thereby transitioning the energy infrastructure from ‘blue’ to ‘green’ gases.

VIP ChallENG research goals

The subsurface has great storage potential for gases, such as H2 and CO2, which is of significance for transition to zero-carbon future. In this project, we will investigate underground storage capacities and related techniques, including relevant physical and chemical processes as well as monitoring solutions.

Your research team will:

  • Investigate interactions between injected gas and rocks.
  • Characterise pore-scale structural features of underground rocks.
  • Study the single/multi-phase fluid flow process within underground rocks.
ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

Research Areas
  • Energy Resources Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering (groundwater)

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Affordable and Clean Energy: SDG7
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: SDG9
  • Responsible Consumption and Production: SDG12
  • Climate Action: SDG13


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Design
•    Communication
•    Integrity
•    Innovation and excellence
•    Diversity
•    Respect
•    Resilience

  • Laboratory skills (e.g. standard coreflooding tests, rock wettability measurements, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of computed flow dynamics
  • Programming

Team Academic Leads

Prof. Christoph Arns

School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering


Dr. Yu Jing

Scientia Research Associate

School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering


Prof. Peyman Mostaghimi

School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering


A/Prof Furqan Le-Hussain

School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering