August 15, 2011

ISSUE N0. 89

    Hydro(geo)logy   Newsletter



Universiteit Utrecht





     The 89th edition of Hydro(geo)logy newsletter.















                              The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.

                                                                                                              Bertolt Brecht.






















Workshops, Lectures and Conferences


¨ A mini-symposium entitled “Porous media research in the Netherlands; theory, experiments, models and applications” will be held on the 6th of September at Utrecht University. The Netherlands Students Chapter of InterPore is organizing this mini-symposium on experimental, theoretical and computational aspects of porous media research, carried out in the Netherlands. The invited speakers in the mini-symposium are


·  Berg, S., Shell BV.

·  Bradford, S. A., USDA

·  Celia, M. A., Princeton University

·  Huyghe, J. M. R. J., TU Eindhoven

·  Kreutzer, M. T., TU Delft

·  Lammertink, R. G. H., Twente University

·  Lindquist, B. W., Stony Brook University

·  Nicolaij, K., TU Eindhoven

·  Rossen, W. R., TU Delft

·  van der Sman, R.G.M., Wageningen University

·  van der Zee, S., Wageningen University


For more information on the mini-symposium, please send an email to the Organizing Committee.


·  N. K. Karadimitriou

·  V. Joekar Niasar

·  S. M. Hassanizadeh


Here, you may find the mini-symposium flyer. For more information, please visit the Hydrogeology Group web page.


¨ The “4th International Conference on Porous Media and their Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry” will take place in Potsdam, Germany, from the 17th until the 22nd of June, 2012. For more information on the conference, please click here.


¨ The XIX Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR2012) conference will be held from the 17th until the 21st of June, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA. CMWR2012 continues the tradition of the previous 18 biennial conferences held in North America and Europe. For more information on the conference, please click here.


¨ The AGU Fall Meeting 2011 will take place from the 5th until the 9th of December, 2011, in San Francisco, California, USA. For more information on the conference, please click here.


¨ The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 will take place from the 22nd until the 27th of April, 2012, in Vienna, Austria. For more information, please click here.


¨ A workshop on Fluid Dynamics in Porous Media will take place from the 12th until the 14th of September, 2011, in the Department of Mathematics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. For more information on the workshop, please click here.


¨ The conference entitled “Models-Repositories of knowledge. MODELCARE 2011” is going to take place from the 18th until the 22nd of September, 2011, in Leipzig, Germany. For more information please click here.


¨ A conference on “Modelling Storage in Deep Layers”, dedicated to the memory of Magne Espedal, Richard E. Ewing and Eckhard Fein will take place from the 11th until the 13th of October, 2011, in Schwetzingen, Germany. For more information on the conference, please click here.


¨  The 1st Nationaal Congres Bodemenergie will be held on the 13th and 14th of October, 2011, in Utrecht University Campus, Utrecht. For more information on the conference, please click here.


¨ An International Conference entitled “Flows and Mechanics in Natural Porous Media from the Pore to the Field Scale” organized by IFP Energies Nouvelles  will take place from the 16th until the 18th of November, 2011, in Rueil-Malmaison, France. For more information on the conference, please click here.


¨ The Gordon Research Conference on “Flow and Transport in Permeable Media” will take place in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, from the 24th until the 29th of June, 2012. For more information on the conference, please click here.



Presentations, Visits and Conference Participations



¨ Majid Hassanizadeh has been invited and has accepted to give a keynote lecture in the second Gordon Research Seminar on Flow & Transport in Permeable Media. The topic for this GRS will be “Moving through Scales from Pore to Field Permeable Media Systems: Challenges and Knowledge Gaps”.


¨ Ruud Schotting was an invited speaker at the Electrokinetic Remediation
Symposium 2011
, which was held from the 17th until the 20th of July in Utrecht. The title of his presentation was: “Electro-kinetic processes: Digging Deeper!”. In addition, Prof. Toon Leijnse presented work of Dr. V. Joekar-Niasar (who was at the time of the conference in Princeton for a one-month working visit in the group of Professor Mike Celia). The title of the presentation was “Coupled effects of electrochemical and hydrodynamic forces from pore scale to Darcy scale: a computational analysis”


¨ The following abstracts have been submitted to AGU Fall Meeting 2011:


¨  “Trapping and hysteresis in two-phase flow in porous media 1:
Pore-network modeling”
by V. Joekar-Niasar , F. Doster, M. A. Celia, and J. M. Nordbotten.


¨  “Trapping and hysteresis in two-phase flow in porous media 2: Impact of pore-network model results on continuum scale models” by F. Doster, V. Joekar-Niasar, M. A. Celia and J. M. Nordbotten.


¨  “Coupled electro-hydrodynamic effects of electro-osmosis from pore scale to Darcy scale” by R. Schotting, V. Joekar-Niasar and A. Leijnse.


¨  “Pore scale modeling of porosity and permeability evolution in porous media” by A. Raoof, C. Spiers, and S. M. Hassanizadeh. The abstract has been submitted to the H.121:Multiscale and Coupled Complexity in Geologic Carbon Sequestration session.


¨  “Two-phase flow experimental studies using micro-models; Comparison between experiment and numerical model” by N. Karadimitriou, S. M. Hassanizadeh and P. J. Kleingeld. The abstract has been submitted to the H.71: Complexities of Flow and Transport in Porous Media session.

¨  Roel Brugman  has submitted and presented his MSc. thesis entitled: "Dimensionless Analysis of Convection Enhanced Drug Delivery to Brain Tissues", on the 8th of August, in Stuttgart. Roel did this research for the most part in Stuttgart. He had received a NUPUS M.Sc. grant. His advisors were: Prof. dr. ing. R. Helmig, Prof. dr. ir. S. M. Hassanizadeh, Karin Erbertseder,  and Katherina Baber.


¨ Benjamin Ebbers will present his M.Sc. thesis, with the tentative title: "HP-1 modeling of transport and interaction of phosphor-gypsum and incorporated impurities in (agricultural) applications on Dutch soil" , at the end of this month. Benjamin's main advisor was Dr. Diedrick Jacques of SCK, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. His other advisors were Prof. Rien van Genuchten and Prof. Majid Hassanizadeh.


¨ Ms. N. Seetha, PhD student of Prof. Mohan Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology, will visit our Group from September 1st for three months. She has a grant from Utrecht University. She will work on pore-network modeling of virus transport in saturated porous media, in collaboration with (Dr.-to-be) Amir Raoof and Majid Hassanizadeh.


¨ Manuel Huber, PhD student of Prof. Ulrich Nieken of Institute of Chemical Process Engineering, Stuttgart Univeristy, will visit our Group from  September 1st till the end of November. Manuel is working on the modeling of water management of fuel cells. He will work with Majid Hassanizadeh.


¨ Chao Zhong Qin, a Ph.D. from our group who is currently working in Adam Opel AG in Germany, will be visiting our group from the 1st of September and for three months.



Articles and Publications


¨ The manuscript entitled "Non-equilibrium capillarity effects in two-phase flow through porous media at different scales" by S. Bottero, S. M. Hassanizadeh, P. J. Kleingeld and T. J. Heimovaara, has been accepted for publication in the Water Resources Resource journal.


¨ The manuscript entitled "Modeling virus transport and remobilization under transient conditions" by Q. Zhang, S. M. Hassanizadeh, A. Raoof, and S. Roels has been submitted to the Vadose Zone Journal.


¨ Following the invitation by Dr. Reza Masoodi and Dr. Krishna M. Pillai as
editors of the book "
Wicking in Porous Materials: Traditional and Modern Modeling", Vahid Joekar-Niasar and S. Majid Hassanizadeh have submitted a chapter on "Wicking in porous media using two-phase flow pore-network modeling". The book will be published by Taylor & Francis.  


¨ The article entitled “Two-phase Flow Modeling for the Cathode Side of a Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell” by C. Qin, D. Rensink, S. Fell, and S. Majid Hassanizadeh has been revised and resubmitted to the Journal of Power Sources.






¨ Ruud Schotting is going to teach a new summer course on basic mathematical methods during the week of August 22, 2011. The participants are aspirant first-year Geosciences students with a weak background in mathematics. A similar course has been
given last year in the Chemistry Faculty at UU, and had a significant (positive!) effect on the performance of the students in the regular first-year Calculus
course. We use the DWO (Digital Mathematics
Platform) developed by the
Freudenthal Institute at UU, which implies that the course is partially computer-based and partially pencil and paper based. Ruud will be assisted by Lydian Boschman, who is a fifth-year Earth Sciences student.


¨ On the 7th of September 2011, Amir Raoof will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Reactive/Adsorptive Transport in (Partially-) Saturated Porous Media; from pore scale to core scale”. The defense will take place at 14:30h, in the Senaatszaal (Senate Hall), Utrecht. The members of the Defense Committee are:

·  Bradford, S. A., USDA

·  Celia, M. A., Princeton University

·  Lindquist, B. W., Stony Brook University

·  Rossen, W. R., TU Delft

·  Van der Zee, S., Wageningen University


Projects and Proposals



¨ Ruud Schotting has submitted a proposal to the Oman Science Council. The proposed research is in collaboration with e.g. Deltares and The Chinese Institute for Water Resources and Hydropower in Beijing. The project aims at testing a sustainable method to fight the
consequences of draughts using the
SmartSoils bio-sealing technique to create man-made aquifers.