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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering
BioMeritxell Gran is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Benson Lab since 2016 where she has been applying her knowledge on multiphase flow to carbon sequestration studies. She works on multiphase flow experiments in fractured basalt rocks to study the nature of the multiphase fluid interactions in a fracture. These experiments combine core-flooding with two different scan imaging techniques: X-Ray CT and PET (Positron Emission Tomography). From these, she obtains fracture relative permeability curves and gains understanding on the fundamentals of multiphase flow in fractures.
Meritxell is a geological engineer and she obtained her doctoral degree in the Hydrogeology Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). During her thesis she studied the behavior of water and energy fluxes in dry soils, focusing on evaporation and water-energy transfer mechanisms. She used two different scales, laboratory- and field-scale, and applied two methodologies, experiments and numerical modeling.