School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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  • Maartje Boon

    Maartje Boon

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMaartje Boon joined Stanford University in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. She combines experimental techniques involving X-Ray CT imaging with numerical modelling to look at the impact of rock structure heterogeneities on multiphase flow properties and its implications for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

    Boon obtained her PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London where she was part of the Qatar Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC). She developed a new experimental technique to observe solute spreading and mixing in natural consolidated rock. She used experimentally obtained statistical rock descriptions to numerically investigate the impact of rock heterogeneity on reactive transport in porous media.

    Her ambition is to become an expert in experimental imaging techniques as well as numerical modelling of reactive transport in porous media. In the future, she would like to have her own research group at one of the leading universities in the field of Energy Sustainability.

  • Meritxell Gran

    Meritxell Gran

    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.

  • Michael Lindley Machala

    Michael Lindley Machala

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMichael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users. Michael completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford. His thesis focused on using fundamental research to develop design descriptors for improving solar-to-fuel and fuel-to-electricity conversion using electrochemistry.

    Michael’s interest in social and environmental impact work began in high school as the president of the region’s youth-led tobacco free coalition. The coalition was runner-up for National Youth Advocates of the Year given by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids when Idaho (his home state) went tobacco-free. At Kenyon College, he self-designed a major in Chemical Physics to understand how related disciplines approach challenges in renewable energy technology development while co-captaining the men’s NCAA National Champion swim team.

    After graduating in 2009, Michael moved to Germany as a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellow to research low-cost solar cells while learning about the sociopolitical environment that placed Germany as a global leader in renewable energy integration. While there, he attended the UNFCCC COP15 climate summit with two other fellows. Leading up to and during the highly anticipated event, they wrote and published an educational blog for the public. After leaving Germany, Michael lived in Southeast Asia as a Henry Luce Scholar to gain first-hand experience with renewable energy integration in unelectrified regions of Laos and Cambodia. This experience informed his desire to continue work on energy inequality and development around the world.