Chris earned his PhD from MIT, where he worked with Ruben Juanes (MIT Civil & Environmental Engineering) on the fluid dynamics of large-scale geological CO2 storage. He was a YCEI Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011-13, working primarily with John Wettlaufer (Yale G&G) and Eric Dufresne (Yale MEMS) on the mechanics of fluid injection into the subsurface, which is central to CO2 storage, wastewater disposal, and the recovery of oil or gas from shales via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). While at Yale, Chris developed theoretical and experimental expertise in the fluid-driven deformation of porous materials [e.g., 1,2] and, simultaneously, he initiated a variety of interdisciplinary collaborations [e.g., 3] and continued his work on CO2 storage [e.g, 4-7].
Chris joined the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in October 2013. His work at Yale has served as the foundation for a research group around the coupling of flow, transport, and deformation in the subsurface, with an emphasis on energy and water resources. Chris’s group is currently studying the environmental impacts of CO2 storage, wastewater disposal, and fracking, with a particular focus on the fate of the injected fluids and the risk of groundwater contamination [e.g., 8,9].