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Mission Statement: To build a fundamental understanding of molecular-to-pore-scale processes in fluid-rock systems, and to demonstrate the ability to control critical aspects of flow, transport, and mineralization in porous rock media as applied to the injection and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in subsurface reservoirs. This DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) is a collaborative effort led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Ohio State University, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the University of California campus at Davis, and Washington University in St. Louis. This Center is one of forty-six new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC).

Events & Notables

The 2013 NCGC All-Hands Symposium will take place October 29-30, 2013 in Berkeley, CA. Event details can be found here.

In order to participate in the symposium, please read below:

  1. REGISTRATION: Please register here by the Registration Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST
  • ABSTRACTS: Oral and poster presenters will be contacted soon and will need to submit a 200-word abstract on or before Friday, October 18, 2013 via the on-line submission tool which will be available soon.
  • TRAVEL/HOTEL: If you are traveling to this event, please fill out the Travel Worksheet (click on link) by Friday, October 4, 2013. Karen Elliott will be your travel point-of-contact. She can be reached at (510) 486-6455 or email: A limited number of hotel rooms will be blocked for this event.

On December 7-8, 2013, NCGC will host a Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) Short Course on the "Geochemistry of Geological Carbon Sequestration" at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Click here for short course details and registration information. An AGU Fall Meeting session (V017) of the same topic will accompany the aforementioned MSA Short Course. (AGU will confirm session dates by mid-October.) Help spread the word!


Andrew Stack  of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was selAndrew Stack, ORNLected as one of the top 14 technical presenters at the 12th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture Utilization  & Sequestration (CCUS) for his work on the storage of carbon dioxide in geologic formations.  His presentation was titled "Upscaling Carbonate Mineral Growth Rates from the Nano- to Pore- Scales and Beyond: Current Progress and Future Directions." Source: ORNL.


Shuo Zhang, LBNLShuo Zhang has been selected as a Graduate Student finalist in the EFRC Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Competition at the 2013 EFRC Principal Investigator's (PI) Meeting, taking place July 18-19, in Washington, D.C. 11 Graduate Student finalists and 11 Postdoctoral Researcher finalists were selected from the 46 DOE EFRCs to present on their research at the PI Meeting. Shuo Zhang will represent the NCGC and his EFRC work in his presentation, "Controls on Mineralization in Volcagenic Reservoir Rocks." 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both the graduate student and postdoctoral researcher categories will be announced at the meeting on Friday, July 19, 2013.

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Results of NCGC research are reported in peer-reviewed publications and in our Research Highlights.

An overview of NCGC research is contained in this downloadable PDF brochure.

The NCGC video “Carbon in Underland,” was selected as one of five winners of the Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research video contest.