Project title: Advanced characterization of mineralization reactions in formation rocks from the Rio Bonito formation
Research theme area: This project aims to integrate experiments and high-end characterization techniques to understand the mineral carbonation reactions that mediate CO2 storage in the Rio Bonito formation.
Abstract : In this project, products obtained from the CO2 mineralization (focusing on Rio Bonito geological formation) will be analyzed with a combination of characterization techniques comprising controlled mineralization experiments and in-depth characterization of products of mineralization on formation rocks. Data collected during this research will provide experimental validation of previously established atomistic models, and finally help to understand the mineralization mechanisms activated during laboratory tests. For the experiments, samples from prospects and outcrops near the Rio Bonito formation and plugs extracted directly from the potential reservoir will be analyzed. In addition to conventional characterization techniques, such as X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), this project will also deliver a 3D representation of rock plugs obtained via X-Ray Tomography (XRT) and Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry (MIP).
The candidate will collaborate with researchers from the project 58 – Applied assessment for the potential of BECCS in Paraná sedimentary basin in Brazil of the FAPESP-Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation of POLI-USP at the University of São Paulo. Summary of the program and projects can be found at the RCGI website (http://www.rcgi.poli.usp.br/).
The applicant will contribute in line with the main objectives of the project:
1. Surface characterization of rock outcrops and plugs
2. Crystal structure identification of mineralization products
3. Compositional analyses of mineralization products
4. 3D representation of rock plugs
Requirements to fill the position:
This project would be well-suited to a highly motivated candidate requiring abilities in surface characterization techniques of materials (or rocks), also knowledge in classical material characterization (as spectroscopy, gravimetry, etc.), experience in geology, geochemistry and geophysics and proficiency in English are required.
- The postdoc candidate should hold a PhD in Geology, Physics, Chemistry or Material Engineering (or correlates)
Funding Notes: This Postdoc Fellowship is funded by FAPESP. The fellowship will cover a standard maintenance stipend of R$ 7.373,10 per month.
Position: Post-Doctoral REF: 21PDR148
https://www.rcgi.poli.usp.br/opportunities-aplication/ AND APPLICATION AT REF 21PDR148 – Post Doctoral