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Dr. Zhou is a geological staff scientist with the Hydrogeology Department in the Earth Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, California.
He began his career at Hohai University, Nanjing, China as an undergraduate and a graduate in Hydrology and Water Resources. Upon his graduation, he continued his career at Nanjing Institute of Hydrology and Water Resources, conducting flood-control and water resources management research on the Three-Gorge Project and the South-North Water Transfer Project. He then pursued PhD studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, developing numerical techniques for modeling of seawater intrusion and density-dependent flow, leading to completion of his doctoral thesis. As a post-doctoral researcher at MIT, he developed numerical codes to investigate phenomena of DNAPL migration in heterogeneous porous media and compared numerical-modeling results to stochastic- analysis ones.
At LBNL, Dr. Zhou has been leading and involved in research projects in the following topics: (1) analytical and numerical modeling of geologic carbon sequestration, integrated modeling of basin- and plume-scale physical processes, dynamic storage capacity for full-scale deployment scenarios, understanding of the effect of multiscale heterogeneity on CO2 migration, long-term trapping, and storage efficiency at core scale, laboratory scale (1-5 m), pilot scale (~100 m), and large-scale storage demonstration scale (kilometers), subsurface heterogeneity tomography, and early warning and detection of CO2 leakage; (2) predicting unsaturated flow and radionuclide transport in heterogeneous fractured rock in support of the nuclear waste disposal project, diffusive transport in fractured rock and layered porous media at multiple scales and in multiphase flow conditions; (3) conceptual, numerical, and inverse modeling of large-scale contaminant plumes, with physical, chemical, microbial (biodegradation) processes in support of on-site remediation and natural attenuation.