Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas Austin (2014)
  • Master of Science in Engr, University of Texas Austin (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science, Sharif University of Technology, Petroleum Engineering (2009)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


I study fluid dynamics in porous materials at the intersection of energy, water, and the environment. The scientific focus of my research is to understand and develop capabilities to predict and control multiphase fluid dynamics in porous media at the micron/nano scale and to translate this knowledge to large-scale engineering systems.

My approach involves:

- Characterizing hydro-thermo-mechanical properties of porous materials (esp. rock/soil) via multiscale imaging techniques that combine microscopy, spectroscopy, and optics
- Developing advanced algorithms for simulating fluid dynamics at the microscale to optimize design and operational controls
- Scaling microscopic predictions to large engineering systems via multiscale multiphysics computation

Application areas that interest me include:

geologic CO2 storage
hydrocarbon recovery
geothermal energy
subsurface hydrology
fuel cells & batteries

All Publications


  • Multiscale Characterization of Spatial Heterogeneity of Petroleum Source Rocks via Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Fuel Mehmani, Y. 2017; 208: 337-352
  • Quantification of organic content in shales via near-infrared imaging: Green River Formation Fuel Mehmani, Y., Burnham, A., Vanden Berg, M., Tchelepi, H. 2017; 208 (15)
  • Minimum requirements for predictive pore-network modeling of solute transport in micromodels Advances in Water Resources Mehmani, Y., Tchelepi, H. 2017; 108
  • From optics to upscaled thermal conductivity: Green River oil shale FUEL Mehmani, Y., Burnham, A. K., Tchelepi, H. A. 2016; 183: 489-500
  • Intercomparison of 3D pore-scale flow and solute transport simulation methods ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Yang, X., Mehmani, Y., Perkins, W. A., Pasquali, A., Schoenherr, M., Kim, K., Perego, M., Parks, M. L., Trask, N., Balhoff, M. T., Richmond, M. C., Geier, M., Krafczyk, M., Luo, L., Tartakovsky, A. M., Scheibe, T. D. 2016; 95: 176-189
  • Quantification of kerogen content in organic-rich shales from optical photographs FUEL Mehmani, Y., Burnham, A. K., Vanden Berg, M. D., Gelin, F., Tchelepi, H. 2016; 177: 63-75
  • Eulerian network modeling of longitudinal dispersion WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Mehmani, Y., Balhoff, M. T. 2015; 51 (10): 8586-8606
  • Mesoscale and Hybrid Models of Fluid Flow and Solute Transport PORE-SCALE GEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES Mehmani, Y., Balhoff, M. T. 2015; 80: 433-459
  • A forward analysis on the applicability of tracer breakthrough profiles in revealing the pore structure of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks Water Resources Research Mehmani, A., Mehmani, Y., Prodanovic, M., Balhoff, M. T. 2015
  • Chemical and hydrodynamic mechanisms for long-term geological carbon storage Journal of Physical Chemistry Altman, S., Aminzadeh, B., Balhoff, M., Bennett, P., Bryant, S., Bayani Cardenas, M., Chaudhary, K., Cygan, R., Deng, W., Dewers, T., DiCarlo, D., Eichhubl, P., Hesse, M., Huh, C., Matteo, E., Mehmani, Y., Tenney, C., Yoon, H. 2014
  • A streamline splitting pore-network approach for computationally inexpensive and accurate simulation of species transport in porous media Water Resources Research Mehmani, Y., Oostrom, M., Balhoff, M. T. 2014
  • Pore-scale and continuum simulations of solute transport micromodel benchmark experiments Computational Geosciences Oostrom, M., Mehmani, Y., Romero-Gomez, P., Tang, Y., Liu, H., Yoon, H., Kang, Q., Joekar-Niasar, V., Balhoff, M., Dewers, T., Tartakovsky, G., Leist, E., Hess, N., Perkins, W., Rakowski, C., Richmond, M., Serkowski, J., Werth, C., Valocchi, A., Wietsma, T., Zhang, C. 2014
  • Bridging from pore to continuum: a hybrid mortar domain decomposition framework for subsurface flow and transport Journal of Multiscale Modeling and Simulation - SIAM Mehmani, Y., Balhoff, M. 2014
  • Generalized semi-analytical solution of advection-diffusion-reaction in finite and semi-infinite cylindrical ducts Int. Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer Mehmani, Y., Balhoff, M. T. 2014
  • Hybrid multiscale modeling through direct substitution of pore-scale models into near-well reservoir simulators Energy & Fuels Sun, T., Mehmani, Y., Balhoff, M. 2012
  • Multiblock pore-scale modeling and upscaling of reactive transport: application to carbon sequestration Transport in Porous Media Mehmani, Y., Sun, T., Balhoff, M., Eichhubl, P., Bryant, S. 2012
  • Numerical algorithms for network modeling of yield stress and other non-Newtonian fluids in porous media Transport in porous media Balhoff, M., Sanchez-Rivera, D., Kwok, A., Mehmani, Y., Prodanovic, M. 2012
  • Pore to continuum upscaling of permeability in heterogeneous porous media using mortars International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology Sun, T., Mehmani, Y., Bhagmane, J., Balhoff, M. 2012