Researcher biography

Conduct interdisciplinary researches to tackle technical challenges associated with the efficient and responsible extraction of geo-energy and geo-resources. Three main focusses of my research interests are:

  1. The mining geomechanics for underground mining applications, coal mining in particular. It covers roadway support design stability analysis, pillar design, strata movement and surface subsidence
  2. The reservoir geomechanics, targeting at key technical challenges associated with unconventional gas recovery. It includes borehole stability, permeability evolution, coal and shale petrophysical properties characterisation, fluid flow in fractured porous media, carbon geological sequestration, and the coupled computational modelling etc, and
  3. Machine Learning Applications in Geo-research: Explore the diverse applications of machine learning and deep learning algorithms in geomaterial strength analysis, geotechnical characterization, and subsurface characterization. By harnessing the power of data-driven approaches, the research group aims to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of rock mechanics analysis, enabling more effective decision-making in engineering projects.

Teaching Courses:

  1. Applied Mining Geomechanics (MINE3129)
  2. Mine Geotechnical Engineering (MINE4120)
  3. Coal Mine Strata Control (MINE4128)

Manager of Resources Geomechanics Lab, focussing on:

  1. A suite of rock mechanics testing (NATA Accreditation Number: 21126)
  2. Rock dynamic responses to different stress conditions using non-destructive methods (Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Detection, e.g., P-wave and S-wave)
  3. Characterization of water-gas two-phase flow in fractured porous media under high-stress environment (up to 10,000 psi)
  4. Characterization of two-phase flow using microfluidics technique
  5. Quantifying the evolution of the absolution and relative permeability of unconventional reservoirs (e.g., coals, shales, and tight sandstones) to gas adsorption as well as the changes of contact angle with varying reservoir pressure
  6. Coupled geomechanical-hydraulic multiscale flow simulation: from nanopores to reservoir scale