Earth Sciences Division Staff: Abdullah Cihan
Abdullah Cihan is a geological scientist in Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His general research area is transport phenomena in subsurface environments, with emphasis on theoretical description of flow and transport processes affected by heterogeneities across scales. His research applications have been related to geologic carbon sequestration, gas/oil production from unconventional reservoirs, evaporation from soil, land-mine detection in soil and groundwater remediation..
- 2005 August – April 2008 Ph.D. Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, TN, USA.
- 2002 September – January 2004 M.S. Geological Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.
- 1997–2002 B.S. Hydrogeological Engineering Department, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
- August 2012 – …, Geological Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA, USA
- August 2010 – August 2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA, USA
- April 2008 –August 2010, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines. Golden, CO, USA
- August 2005 – April 2008, Research Assistant, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
Scholarships and Awards
- As one of the best graduate students with professional promise in Biosystems Engineering, recognized and awarded by the faculty of the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department, April 2008.
- Travel and expenses grant to attend the Kirkham Conference, University of California Davis in February 24-26th, 2008.
- Graduate Student Travel fund to attend the 2007 American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, by Office of the Dean of Students, University of Tennessee
- Scholarship (tuition, board, and lodging) for attending The Summer School in Geophysical Porous Media, funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF), Purdue University in July 17-28th, 2006.
- The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK Graduate Student Scholarship (2004).
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Gamma Sigma Delta
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- Water Resources Research
- Chemical Engineering Science
- Transport in Porous Media
- Advances in Water Resources
- International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
- Journal of Fluid Mechanics
- "National Risk National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Project" funded by Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. NRAP involves five DOE National Labs. My specific role in this project focuses on upscaling multiphase flow of injected CO2 and reservoir fluids in heterogeneous geological formations and predicting long term trapping.
- "Large-Scale Hydrological Impacts of CO2 Geological Storage" funded by the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Office of Sequestration, Hydrogen, and Clean Coal Fuels, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, and by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The project is jointly coordinated by NETL and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- “Consolidated Sequestration Research Project (CSRP)” funded by the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Office of Sequestration, Hydrogen, and Clean Coal Fuels, National Energy Technology Laboratory, of the U.S. Department of Energy
- “Intermediate Scale Testing to Understand Mechanisms of Capillary and Dissolution Trapping during Injection and Post-Injection of CO2 in Heterogeneous Geological Formations” Funded by the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Office of Sequestration, Hydrogen, and Clean Coal Fuels, National Energy Technology Laboratory, of the U.S. Department of Energy, and by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.
- “Fundamental Study of Processes Associated with Stable Trapping and Potential Leakage of Sequestrated Carbon Dioxide in Deep Geologic Formations” Funded by Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF), Award number-1045282
- “Vapor Intrusion from Entrapped NAPL Sources and Groundwater Plumes” funded by the U. S. Army Research Office Award W911NF-04-1-0169, and Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) ER-1687
- "Land Mine Detection by Using Thermal and Moisture Content Anomalies in shallow subsurface" funded by the U. S. Army Research Office Award W911NF-04-1-0169, the Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC).
- “Fundamental study of delivery of nanoiron to DNAPL source zones in naturally heterogeneous field systems, SERDP”: This project involves experimental and theoretical methods to understand Nano-iron transport associated with DNAPL source zone remediation. The project was completed in May 2010.
- “Enhanced Gas Production from Coal: Modeling, Model Validation and Upscaling, Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes, funded by Ciris Energy”: Development of a numerical code to simulate governing processes during gas production from coal such as desorption, dissolution, bacterial attachment, chemical species transport, and bubble formation. This code was delivered to CIRIS Energy, and the project was completed in April 2009.
- “Piceance Basin Groundwater Flow Model Development and Calibration, funded by Chevron”: Conduct parallel computations of PEST inverse modeling software to calibrate groundwater flow model of Piceance Basin. Project was completed in December 2009.
- “The rise velocity of air bubbles and transport of volatile organic compounds in gravel during the Air Sparging Operations, funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey”, 2004 – 2006.