Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Xiaofeng Chen

Xiaofeng  Chen
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: xiaofeng.chen@beg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 3021
Office: 130 3.102
Mailcode: E0630

Starting in April 2015, I joined the FRAC group at BEG after earning my PhD in Geology at the University of Oklahoma. My research focuses on the understanding the mechanical properties of rocks under seismic and reservoir related conditions using laboratory experiments along with nano-scale analysis. My PhD work was to investigate the rock frictional properties under seismic velocities. Combined with high-resolution characterization, I discovered several effective dynamic faulting mechanisms such as dynamic smoothing, powder rolling, and frictional melting which broadened the understanding of earthquake physics. My current research project is to experimentally study the geomechanics of CO2 reservoir rocks. We plan to explore the effect of reservoir environmental factors associated with CO2 injection such as fluid with different chemical composition, temperature and pressure on reservoir rock mechanical especially the seal properties by fracture mechanics tests, rock mechanics tests and nano-scale characterization.

Current Research Programs & Projects

Geomechanics of CO2 reservoir seals