Center for Mechanistic Control of Water-Hydrocarbon-Rock Interactions in Unconventional and Tight Oil Formations (CMC-UF)


Anthony Kovscek

Lead Institution

Stanford University




To seek fundamental mechanistic understanding to achieve control over the various non-equilibrium chemical and physical processes occurring in shale that increases hydrocarbon production while decreasing the amount of produced water, contaminants, and the number of wells drilled.

Research Topics

water, carbon capture, carbon sequestration, geophysics/geochemistry, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design

Systems Studied

Systems: None

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, organic/organic, inorganic/inorganic, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), monte carlo (MC), finite element methods, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning, data science 

Partner Institutions

  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Stanford University
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wyoming 

BES Staff Contact

James RustadPhilip Wilk