Center for Geologic Storage of CO2 (GSCO2)



Scott M. Frailey

Lead Institution

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Year Established



To generate new conceptual, mathematical, and numerical models applicable to geologic storage systems in specific and strategically identified research areas, based on uncertainty and limitations observed in field pilots and CO2 injection demonstration projects, laboratory experiments, and the experience of researchers in industry-sponsored applied research.

Research Topics

defects, mechanical behavior, carbon sequestration, mesostructured materials

Materials Studied

Materials: porous

Interfaces: gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, electron microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, extreme scale computing


Partner Institutions

  • CSIC
  • LANL
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Northwestern
  • Schlumberger
  • Stiftelsen Norsar
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Notre Dame 
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Wright State University

BES Staff Contact

P. Thiyagarajan (Thiyaga)