Reactive transport modelling of CO2 trapping mechanisms within potential storage sites

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Tuition fees plus bursary (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 1st May 2020

Interview dates: To be confirmed after application received

Start date: September 2020

For queries contact Dr Shariatipour


This project aims at assessing the feasibility of CO2 storage in different underground formations. Two main objectives:

  • To develop a database that characterises and ranks according to excellence (could be aligned or defined based on different criteria, such as the most structural stability, etc.) the behaviour of the rock types at CO2 storage sites.
  • To introduce a vigorous and flexible strategy or plan which can prioritise the potential underground formations for storing CO2 based on the defined or dictated goals at management level, such as the cost efficiency, the storage capacity, the security, the long-term stable storage, etc.


This is a fully funded PhD - tuition fee and bursary.


Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • Knowledge and/or experience in the subject area.
  • Candidate must have good programming skills.
  • It is desirable that candidates can evidence their commitment to research in the form of publications of some kind (for example journal or conference papers).
  • Candidate should have some knowledge of statistics and data analysis. In order to contextualise the research.
  • Candidate should have a good understanding of the geo-chemical interactions and geo-mechanical alterations in CO2-Water-Rock systems.


How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Seyed Shariatipour or Prof. Essie Ganjian

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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