Ming Wen

Postgraduate Student

Education & Biography

2020-Present: PhD Student – GeoEnergy, Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University, UK
2016-2019: MSc Geological Engineering – Unconventional Natural Gas Institute, China University of Petroleum-Beijing, China
2012-2016: BSc Petroleum Geosciences – School of Geosciences, Yangtze University, China

Research Interests

  • Underground hydrogen storage
  • Reservoir Petrology
  • Mechanical and physical properties of reservoir rocks
  • Reservoir rock characterization
  • Microphysical modelling

PhD Project

Underground hydrogen storage, as a way of energy storage, is an effective way to compensate the seasonal fluctuation of energy supply, and it is also an insurance against accidents and natural disasters. However, little is known about the changes in mechanical and transport behaviour of the reservoir rocks under cyclic hydrogen storage conditions. This project will combine deformation experiments and imaging techniques such as electron microscopy and X-Ray microtomography to study the changes in the mechanical, transport and physical properties (such as fracture propagation, pore structure, porosity and permeability) of reservoir rocks before and after hydrogen storage, then develop suitable microphysical models to understand the effects of cyclic underground hydrogen storage on reservoir rocks.

Contact: mw107@hw.ac.uk