Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2 (NCGC)

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Donald DePaolo

Lead Institution

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Year Established



To enhance the performance and predictability of subsurface storage systems by understanding the molecular and nanoscale origins of CO2 trapping processes, and developing computational tools to translate to larger-scale systems.

Research Topics

mechanical behavior, carbon capture, carbon sequestration, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design

Materials Studied

Materials: None

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

Nanostructured Materials: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, extreme scale computing


Partner Institutions

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 
  • Ohio State University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Princeton University 
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • Washington University in St. Louis 

BES Staff Contact

P. Thiyagarajan (Thiyaga)