SFB 1313 Lecture Series

SFB 1313 organises regular talks in the framework of its "Pretty Porous Science Lecture Series" and "Anneliese Niethammer Lecture Series"

Seminar Talks

Aims and Structure

SFB 1313 regularly organizes seminar talks to discuss the current research progress of its researchers and connect with the international research community. In 2021, SFB 1313 established the "Pretty Porous Science Lecture Series". SFB 1313 invites international and interdisciplinary guests that are encouraged to discuss their research in the lecture series. Additionally, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers are also welcome to present their research in this lecture series. Special events are the "Anneliese Niethammer Lectures", that take place twice ayear and which are open to the public and the whole University. During 2020 the lecture series had to be moved online and continued successfully as an online lecture series, then also open to all our international collaborators.

Some of our guests are also interviewed during their stay. The audio interviews give more information about the talks of the guests, about their research and scientific careers.


List of Talks


Date Speaker Title of Talk

14 November 2023
PPSL #49

Geir Terje Eigestad (PhD), Wintershall Dea (NOR) Subsurface, Singularities and CCS
14 November 2023
PPSL #48
Dr. Bastian Köhrer, Dea Wintershall (NOR) The Maria field story – and the role of reservoir geology
24 October 2023
PPSL #47
Martin Blunt, Imperial College London (UK) Flow in Porous Media in the Energy Transition

17 October 2023
PPSL #46

Catrin Harris, Imperial College London (UK) Gas trapping dynamics in heterogeneous sandstones imaged using synchrotron time-lapse tomography
16 October 2023
PPSL #45
Prof. Kathleen Smits, Lyle School of Engineering, Texas (USA) GHG Reduction Opportunities through Detection and Quantification of Belowground Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks

14 September 2023
PPSL #44

Dr. Marco Discacciati, Loughborough University (UK) Modelling filtration through porous media: from domain decomposition towards digital twins
13 July 2023
PPSL #43
Prof. Dr. Sorin Iuliu Pop, Hasselt University (Belgium) Homogenization of a reaction-diffusion model involving free boundaries at the micro scale

29 June 2023
PPSL #42

Prof. Stefan Kollet, Forschungszentrum Jülich Concepts and Results of terrestrial modeling over the European continent using the Terrestrial Systems Modeling Platform, TSMP

15 June 2023
PPSL #41

Prof. Florian Doster, Heriot-Watt University Challenges (and some solutions) of modelling subsurface flow
6 June 2023 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture) Prof. Ph.D. Małgorzata Peszyńska, Oregon State University (USA) Modeling and simulation of (thawing) permafrost
6 June 2023
PPSL #40
Prof. Bjørn Hafskjold, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway Thermodiffusion and Thermo-Osmosis in Pores
23 May 2023
PPSL #39
 Dr. Hari Shankar Mahato, IIT Kharagpur (India) Homogenisation of a poroelastic model for fiber-reinforced hydrogels
4 May 2023
PPSL #38
Dr. Ana Carolina Loyola, École des Ponts ParisTech, France Coupled hydromechanical models to assess fracture-related permeability changes in reservoirs
27 April 2023 (InterPore Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Lecture 2023  / PPSL #37) Prof. Adrian Bejan, Duke University (USA) Vascular materials: Predicting Design Evolution
20 April 2023
PPSL #36
Prof. Jan Vanderborght, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany) Evaporation and Transpiration from Land Surfaces: Role of Soil and Vegetation Hydraulic Properties
13 April 2023
PPSL #35
Dr. Silvia De Simone, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research IDAEA, CSIC, Barcelona (Spain) Coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in the subsurface: tricky aspects, smart solutions, and critical implications
22 March 2023
PPSL #34
Dr. Wim-Paul Breugem from the TU Delft (The Netherlands) Sedimentation characteristics and rheology of non-colloidal suspensions
 21 February 2023
PPSL #33
 Prof. Dr. Patrick Jenny, ETH Zurich Tightly Coupled Hyperbolic Treatment of Buoyant Two-Phase Flow and Transport in Porous Media
15 February 2023
PPSL #32
Prof. Dr. Robin Gerlach, Montana State University (USA) Using a combination of experimentation and modeling to develop a novel technology from the laboratory to the commercial scale
10 February 2023 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture) Prof. Dr. Monica Riva, Politecnico di Milano (Polimi, Italy) Multiple Metrics for Sensitivity Analysis: Can they be useful to guide efforts engaged in complex subsurface systems studies?



Date Speaker Title of Talk
21 December 2022
PPSL #31
Prof. Dr. Anna Scotti, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) A local embedded method for flow in fractured porous media with Artificial Neural Networks
13 December 2022
PPSL #30
Olivier Vincent, Institut Lumière Matière, Lyon, France Water and solutions in nanoporous media: capillarity, osmosis and phase change
29 November 2022
PPSL #29
Prof. Taras Mel'nyk, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine Asymptotic expansion for convection-dominated transport in a thin graph-like junction
22 November 2022
PPSL #28
Mohammadjavad Shokriafra, University of Manchester How the displacement direction affects the average capillary pressure-saturation curves, with respect to a heterogeneity interface
15 November 2022
PPSL #27
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Geiger, TU Delft Reservoir modelling for the energy transition
9 November 2022
PPSL #26
Dr. Ivar Stefannson, University of Bergen Dynamic permeability in fractured porous media
25 October 2022
PPSL #25
Dr. Simon Krause (Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research)  Structural Dynamics in Nanoporous Framework Materials"

11 October 2022
PPSL #24

Prof. Phillip Ligrani, University of Alabama, Huntsville (USA)  Rarefaction slip phenomena in helium and air as investigated within a micro-scale viscous disk pump with surface roughness
30 September 2022
PPSL #23
Prof. Dr. Jacques M. Huyghe, University of Limerick (Ireland) and Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) Diffusiophoresis: how ants move elephants
13 September 2022
PPSL #22
Costanza Aricò, University of Palermo (Italy) Investigation of free fluid over porous media. A novel numerical solver for One-Domain-Approach
21 July 2022 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture) Prof. Dr. Laura De Lorenzis, ETH Zurich Phase-field modeling and simulation of desiccation-induced cracking
30 June 2022
PPSL #21
Prof. Philippe Devloo, University of Campinas (Brazil) On the numerical modeling of the Brinkman equations using hybridized H(div) approximations
12 May 2022
PPSL #20
Sidian Chen, University of Arizona Compositional two-phase flow & phase behavior in nanoporous shale rocks: pore-level physics, network modeling, and upscaling
5 May 2022
PPSL #19
Stephan Gärttner, Department of applied Mathematics, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Efficiency and Accuracy of Micro-Macro Models for Two-Mineral Reactive Systems
28 April 2022
PPSL #18
Prof. Marie E. Rognes, Simula Research Laboratory Mathematical modelling of human brain transport: from medical images to biophysical simulation
28 April 2022
PPSL #17
Prof. Dr. Joaquin Jiminez-Martinez, ETH Zurich The coupling of processes in the subsurface key for protection of resources and life-sustaining: A microscale view
21 April 2022
PPSL #16
Prof. Marios Valavanides, Department of Civil Engineering, University of West Attica Flow Dependent Relative Permeability Scaling for Steady-State Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media: Laboratory Validation on a Microfluidic Network
22 February 2022
PPSL #15
Prof. Matthias Möller, TU Delft Efficient solution techniques for isogeometric analysis
8 February 2022
PPSL #14
Prof. Ester Simoes B Ferreira, TH Köln Current challenges in the consolidation of porous paint layers
25 January 2022
PPSL #13
Ass. Prof. Dr. Bo Guo, University of Arizona Long-term retention and leaching of PFAS in the vadose zone: controlling processes, mathematical formulation, and practical modeling approaches
20 January 2022
PPSL #12
Prof. Dr. Jacques M. Huyghe , University of Limerick (Ireland) and the Eindhoven University of Technology The heart: the only pump the failure of which cannot be assessed through stress analysis


Date Speaker Title of Talk
7 December 2021
PPSL #11
Dr. Alexander Heinlein, TU Delft Surrogate Models for Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations Using Convolutional Autoencoder Neural Networks and Physical Constraints
9 November 2021
PPSL #10
Prof. Dr.-Ing Philippe Ackerer, Ph.D, University of Strasbourg (France) Darcy or not Darcy, that is the question
19 October 2021 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture) Ass. Prof. Dr. Maja Rücker, Eindhoven University of Technology Flow in sub-surfaces reservoirs – from molecular interactions to fluid dynamics
 7 October 2021
Prof. Dr. Nima Shokri, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) Drying dynamics of drops of complex fluids
22 July 2021
Ass. Prof. Dr. Alraune Zech, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Predicting Transport at Heterogeneous Sites: Does THE model exist?
13 July 2021 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture) Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth, TU Munich The challenge of non-local operators and mixed dimension in simulation and modelling
10 June 2021
Ass. Prof. Dr. Steffen Frey, University of Groningen, Netherlands Visualization of Multifield Data: Layouts, Features, and Systems
18 May 2021
Maria Wetzel, GFZ German Research Center for Geoscience Hydraulic and mechanical effects of pore space alterations quantified by digital rock physics
11 May 2021 (Excellence in Dialogue, organised by the University of Stuttgart) Margot Gerritson, University of Stanford, USA Nou breekt mijn klomp – 40 years of adventure in STEM
6 May 2021
Dr. Markus M. Knodel, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France Global implicit solver for multiphase multicomponent flow in porous media with multiple gas components and general reactions
 24 March 2021

Prof. Rainer Helmig From the brain to the fuel cell – porous media are everywhere
2 March 2021 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture) Prof. Dorthe WIldenschild, Oregon State University  Contact Angle Hysteresis in Multi-Phase Flow

25 February 2021

Prof. Jens Harting, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg / FZ Jülich Suspensions of soft capsules: rheology and multiphase flows
23 February 2021
(InterPore Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Lecture 2023  / PPSL #2)

Prof. Muhammad Sahimi, University of Southern California Porous Media, Small and Large: From Atomistic Modeling of Nano-porous Membranes to Modeling of Flow and Transport in Geological Formations
2 February 2021
Prof. Veerle Cnudde, Ghent University Unravelling pore-scale processes in geomaterials


Date Speaker Title of Talk
22 December 2020 Theresa Kurz (LH2) Evaporation driven salt precipitation in porous media
8 December 2020 Prof. Michael Ortiz (California Institute of Technology) Multiscale modeling of hydraulic fracture
8 October 2020 Farid Mohammadi Development and Realization of Validation Benchmarks
29 July 2020 (Pretty Porous Public Lecture) Prof. Miriam Mehl Mehr Erkenntnis durch schlaues Rechnen? Chancen und Grenzen der Simulation
22 July 2020 (Pretty Porous Public Lecture) Prof. Christian Rohde Netzwerke, Fraktale, Schockwellen: Mathematischer Small Talk mit porösen Medien
16 July 2020 Joseph Piotrowski Process-dependent porosity-permeability relations for fluid-solid reactions in porous media
16 July 2020 Alixa Sonntag Fracturing porous solids with pore content
15 July 2020 (Pretty Porous Public Lecture) Prof. Holger Class Die Nutzung des Untergrunds für die Energieversorgung
8 July 2020 (Pretty Porous Public Lecture) Prof. Rainer Helmig Vom Gehirn zur Brennstoffzelle: Poröse Medien sind überall
1 July 2020 (Pretty Porous Public Lecture) Prof. Oliver Röhrle Poröser Mensch. Von den Wirbeln zu den Muskeln
24 June 2020 (Pretty Porous Public Lecture) Prof. Holger Steeb Löcher im Beton
18 June 2020 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture Series) Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (TU München) Mineral surfaces and organic matter accumulation in soils
5 June 2020 Sebastian Reuschen (LS3) Markov chain Monte Carlo Methods for Bayesian Inversion of Groundwater Flow in Porous Media
11 May 2020 Elissa Eggenweiler (IANS) Development of interface concepts using averaging techniques
7 May 2020 (talk given via webex) Prof. Jochen Schütz (Hasselt University) A parallel-in-time IMEX multiderivative method
30 April 2020 Felix Weinhardt (LH2) Induced calcite precipitation in porous media - numerical and experimental investigations of porosity/permeability alteration on different scales
28 April 2020 Daniel Kienle (MIB) Towards efficient phase-field simulations of fracturing in poro-elastic-plastic solids
17 April 2020 Edward Coltman (LH2) Evaporation Across the Soil-Atmosphere Interface: Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Turbulence and Interfacial Forms
16 April 2020 Zubin Trivedi (MIB) Modelling of material injection processes into porous structures applied to vertebroplasty
3 February 2020 (Darcy Lecture) Maxwell Reed (Colorado School of Mines)) Hydrology in the supercomputing age: How computational advances have revolutionized our field, and what big data and massively parallel simulations mean for the future of hydrologic discovery
30 January 2020 Prof. Massimo Rolle (DTU Copenhagen) Transport and mixing in saturated porous media
21 January 2020 Johan van Leeuwen (Utrecht University) Biodegradation of contaminants in the saturated subsurface
14 January 2020 Taras Mel'nyk (National University of Kyiv) Asymptotic approximations for eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of a spectral problem in a thin graph-like junction with a concentrated mass in the node



Date Speaker Title of Talk
16 December 2019 Johannes Eller (ITT) Adsorption in heterogeneous porous media
3 December 2019 Prof. Hans van Duijn (TU Eindhoven) On the equations of nonlinear single-phase poroelasticity
2 December 2019 Cynthia Michalkowski (LH2) Modelling the liquid water transport through the porous layers on the cathode side of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEM FC)
26 November 2019 Prof. Varios Valavanides (University of West Attica) A new theoretical framework for two-phase flows in porous media – Recent advances and prospectives
19 November 2019 Prof. Philippe Angot (Université Aix-Marseille) Mathematical modelling and analysis towards the open problem of inertial flow at a fluid-porous interface
19 November 2019 Dr. Tobias Köppl (TU München) Generation of artificial microvascular networks using 3D-1D coupled models for blood flow and oxygen transport
12 November 2019 Ivar Stefansson (University of Bergen) Modelling thermo-hydro-mechanics in fractured porous media
5 November 2019 Lars von Wolff (IANS) A Cahn-Hilliard Navier-Stokes model for two phase flow with precipitation and dissolution
29 October 2019 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture Series) Prof. Inga Berre (University of Bergen) Mathematical and numerical modelling of process-structure interaction in fractured geothermal reservoirs
22 October 2019 Samual Burbulla (IANS) Two-phase flow in dynamically fracturing porous media
20 August 2019 Prof. Taras Mel'nyk (University of Kiew) Asymptotic approximation for the solution to a semilinear problem in a thin graph-like junction
25 July 2019 Kilian Weishaupt (LH2) Including pore-scale slip velocities at the interface between free flow and a coupled pore-network model
27 June 2019 Cynthia Michalkowski (Bosch/LH2) Modeling gas diffusion layers (GDLs) in a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell using pore network modelling
6 June 2019 Prof. Florian Frank (University of Erlangen) Enforcing discrete maximum principles in discontinuous Galerkin schemes with application to phase-field methods
28 May 2019 Ravid Rosenzweig (Ph.D.) (Geological Survey of Israel) Monitoring and reclamation of soil hydrophobicity of oil-contaminated soils in Evrona nature reserve, Israel
16 May 2019 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture Series) Adrienne Phillips (Ph.D.) (Montana State University) Biofilm-Induced Mineral Precipitation: A Journey from Laboratory to Field
16 May 2019 (ICP Colloqium) Dr. Alexander Schlaich (University of Grenoble) Coupling of Adsorption and  Transport in Hierarchical Porous Media
25 April 2019 Prof. Ivan Yotov (University of Pittsburgh) Stokes-Biot modeling of flow in fractured poroelastic media
16 April 2019 Dr. Lucas Pimienta (Marie Curie Fellow, EPFL Lausanne) Frequency dependence of elastic properties in rocks: Implications for field geophysics
4 April 2019 Dr. Klaus Mosthaf (Technical University of Denmark) Experimental and modeling investigations of solute transport in fractured porous media
18 February 2019 (ICP-Kolloquium) PD Dr. Andreas Menzel (University of Düsseldorf) Mediated interactions and many-particle statistical physics in complex systems of soft matter
5 February 2019 (Anneliese Niethammer Lecture Series) Prof. Insa Neuweiler (University of Hannover) Data assimilation with soils and the question of the length scales
30 January 2019 (Simtech Colloquium) Prof. Jan Nordbotten (University of Bergen) Mixed-dimensional modeling and simulation
22 January 2019 Dr. Andreas Yiotis (NCSR Demoktritos, Athens) Effective steady-state flow regimes during the stranding and mobilization of NAPL ganglia within stochastically reconstructed porous domains
22 January 2019 Prof. Peter Grathwohl (SFB 1253, University of Tübingen) Catchments as reactors: Metabolism of pollutants on the landscape scale


Date Speaker Title of Talk
27 November 2018 Prof. Luca Formaggia and Dr. Anna Scotti (Politecnico di Milano) Some mathematical and numerical issues in the modeling of fault reactivation
20 November 2018 Mark Khait (TU Delft) DARTS: Delft Advanced Reservoir Terra Simulator
20 November 2018 Koondanibha Mitra (TU Eindhoven) Wetting fronts in unsaturated porous media
17 November 2018 Prof. Majid Hassanizadeh

Non-equilibrium capillarity effect at different scales

17 November 2018 Prof. Jan Nordbotten

Vertical integration and CO2 storage: From a simple idea to practical simulation tools and new mathematics

17 November 2018 Prof. Sorin Pop

Iterative methods for the numerical simulation of porous media flows

17 November 2018 Dr. Nima Shokri

Water table depth and soil salinity: A multi-scale analysis

30 October 2018 Dr. Rafid Al-Khoury (TU Delft) A Computational Approach for Poromechanics
26 October 2018 Prof. Jan Carmeliet (ETH Zürich) Droplet impacting porous media, towards understanding rain deposition in the built environment
25 October 2018 Katharina Heck (LH2) Nonequilibrium processes in coupled free-flow porous-medium systems
4 October 2018 Prof. Denis Voskov (TU Delft) Modeling of dissolution and precipitation in porous rock at different scales
18 September 2018 dr. Matthijs de Winter (Utrecht University) Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM) and electrical resistor networks
17 September 2018 Dennis Gläser (LH2) Finite volume-based discrete fracture modelling of flow, transport and deformation in fractured porous media
11 September 2018 Ioannis Zarikos (Utrecht University) Velocity distributions in trapped and mobilized non-wetting phase ganglia in porous media
5 September 2018 Prof. Allen G. Hunt (Wright State University) Soil formation from percolation concepts as related to chemical weathering
24 July 2018 Prof. Suzanne Hurter (University of Queensland) Gas from coal in Australia

12 July 2018 (Women's Lecture Series)

Prof. Miriam Mehl (University of Stuttgart) Quasi-Newton – A universal approach for coupled problems and optimization
27 June 2018 Prof. Hans van Dujin (TU Eindhoven) Wetting fronts in porous media with capillary hysteresis and dynamic effects
25 June 2018 Simon Scholz (LH2) Developing and calibrating a numerical model for Microbially Enhanced Coal-Bed Methane (MECBM) Production
21 June 2018 Dr. Ovie Emmanuel Eruteya (University of Geneva) Subsurface fluid flow dynamics in the Southern Levant Basin, SE Mediterranean and its implication
on carbon capture and geological storage
7 June 2018 Georg Futter (Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, DLR Stuttgart) Physical modeling of PEMFC performance and chemical membrane degradation
17 April 2018 Dr. Robin Gerlach (Montana State University, Bozeman)

Controlling biofilm- and mineral-formation in fractures and porous media

9 March 2018 Dr. Kartik Jain (University of Zürich)

Computational modeling of Physiological Flows using the Lattice Boltzmann Method

6 February 2018 Prof. Signe Kjelstrup (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) Transport in porous media: a challenge for Thermodynamics



This image shows Edward Coltman

Edward Coltman


Doctoral Researcher, Associated Research Project AX3, Management, Project MGK

This image shows Samaneh Vahid Dastjerdi

Samaneh Vahid Dastjerdi

M. Sc.

Doctoral Researcher, Management, Project MGK, Central Project Z

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