Shibo Wang is a hydrogeologist and reservoir engineer, currently in his fourth-year appointment as the NCGC Postdoctoral Fellow in the US DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) for the Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 (NCGC) at the Energy Geosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He studies the key mechanisms and physicochemical basis of multiphase flow through porous media and reservoir processes pertaining to production of subsurface energy resources, carbon storage, and remediation of groundwater contamination. He performs experimental, theoretical and numerical studies and particularly specializes in designing, constructing, and conducting state-of-the-art high pressure high temperature experiments that simulate geologic reservoir in situ conditions and processes. He also works in the interdisciplinary areas including computational and experimental fluid dynamics, microfluidic flow control, lubrication, tribology, rheology, and carbon neutral engineering to address global grand challenges.
Before joining LBNL, he received both his M.E. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Virginia. His Ph.D. dissertation is on “the role of interfacial phenomena in leakage from geologic carbon sequestration sites” and his M.E. work is on “gas-expanded lubricants for increased energy efficiency” and “analytical model of metalworking fluid penetration into the flank contact zone in orthogonal cutting”. At LBNL, his research efforts are unified on molecular-, nano-, pore-, core-, and continuum-scale interfacial phenomena that govern fluid-fluid and fluid-fluid-rock interactions and thus the fate and transport of geofluids and geosolids. Specifically, he investigates capillary pressure–saturation–permeability, wettability, interfacial tension, adhesion, viscosity and rheology, rock and fluid properties, natural organic matters, nano-particles, and geochemical, geomechanical and petrophysical properties and their effects on multiphase flow, transport, reaction, and equilibrium to improve basic understanding and develop industrial solutions. Extra efforts have been made to integrate advanced computational and data mining tools to translate research findings to larger-scale systems.
Professionally trained in a series of top-tier multidisciplinary engineering programs for over 13 years, he has developed in-depth research expertise in the core areas of energy resources and sustainable engineering. To date, his research has contributed 9 journal articles (another 6 in progress), 5 conference proceedings, 1 patent, and over 50 conference presentations to the aforementioned research fields. These research findings are well recognized among peers. Some recent measures of esteem include ACS Editors’ Choice Award, Annual Award for Excellence in Research, Chinese National Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Scholars, be an expert reviewer/judge for 22 international journals, funding agency and awards, and serving as the primary convener and chair of several technical sessions at AGU Fall Meetings. He is also an Engineer in Training.