This position is a part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network; CO2-react.
What is CO2 React?
The objectives of the CO2-REACT network are: (1) to provide urgently needed training in CO2 storage preparing candidates for critical roles in the coming years and (2) to significantly advance understanding of the fate and consequences of CO2 injection into the subsurface during carbon storage efforts.
The scientific objective of CO2-REACT is to significantly advance our understanding and our ability to store CO2 in the subsurface, through the combined efforts of expert European industrial and academic research teams working in different sectors but in related fields. The project will be the first to explore the fate and consequences of CO2 injections from the atomic to the field scale. It will combine observations of real rock cores, experiments exploring mineral-fluid interactions, and computational studies and fundamental theory to understand dissolution, precipitation, and mass transport in the subsurface. CO2-REACT will also explore CO2 capture and optimal conditions for injecting pure CO2 or CO2-rich gases into porous rocks. Advances will be tested at field scale at the CarbFix pilot site (Iceland) and on limestone and chalk cores. This combined approach will enable CO2-REACT to attain its main research aim: to develop practical knowledge and predictive tools for successful, long term, geological CO2 storage that can be integrated into industrial processes.
The training objective of CO2-REACT is to equip the next generation with innovative, multidisciplinary backgrounds for careers addressing the challenges of carbon storage in industry and academia. The broad scope of the CO2-REACT training will ensure awareness of the applicants of their own project to carbon storage in general and reinforce methods of communication between academic and industrial scientists. It will also produce candidates that are well qualified and confident for other positions, in a range of fields in industry, academia and government. Training will focus on developing capabilities across disciplines with additional skills in oral and written communication, project management and interpersonal skills.
The societal objective of CO2-REACT is to raise public awareness to the needs, challenges and safety issues in subsurface CO2 storage through an integrated public outreach plan. This includes contributing to websites, participation in education aimed at children as young as 8 years, and dedicated public outreach forums with the goal of bringing the results of CO2-REACT to government, industry, and the general public.
The CO2-REACT network will train 13 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) and 1 ER (Experienced Researcher) and will bring together 6 academic and 6 industrial teams to work on the fundamental science and practical application of geological CO2 storage, from the atomic to the industrial scale.
One of these Early Stage Researchers, ESR 8, will be placed at University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences.
ESR 8: Does CO2 injection cause toxic metal plumes?
The potential for CO2-rich fluid-mineral interaction to provoke toxic metal plume development will be assessed by ESR8 (PhD student hosted at University of Iceland) through reactions of potential reservoir rocks (e.g. basalt and ultramafic rocks) with CO2-rich fluids to assess the risk of toxic metal mobility. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the factors controlling heavy metal release and mobility and potential mineral sequestration solutions. Concurrent observations on active injection sites (CarbFix.com) and natural analogue performed in collaboration with Reykjavik Energy, Iceland will assess the extent of potential risks.
The project will be a combined experimental and field study. The experiments will be conducted in a novel high pressure column flow reactor (Galeczka et al. 2013, Applied Geochemistry 30, 91–104).
All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter and a CV. The position is funded for 3 years starting January 2014. The candidate must have an MSc in geology, chemistry or related fields.
Before applying, please refer to the Marie Curie guidelines for eligibility here.
Contact person: Prof. Sigurdur Gislason (firstname.lastname@example.org)