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Mr Ben Callow MSci

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Mr Ben Callow is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2012-2016: Master of Science (MSci) in Geology with First Class Honours, University of Southampton
(Award for obtaining the highest graduating aggregate mark of 78%).

Masters (MSci) thesis: Mineral carbonation of Mg-Ca-silicate rocks for permanent CO2 storage. The research focused on basalt core 3D pore network visualisation and quantification using X-ray micro computed tomography (CT). Supervisor: Dr Juerg Matter

The research area for my current PhD thesis is within the growing field of Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS). What is currently stopping a number of Carbon sequestration projects being introduced are concerns about CO2 leaking through the overlying sediment and into the ocean or atmosphere. My PhD thesis looks to characterise the permeability and structure of onshore and offshore chimney structures which are commonly observed to overly suitable CO2 storage sites, which may act as CO2 migration pathways within the sub-surface.

Research interests

• Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS)
• Fluid flow mechanics through porous medium
• Pore network characterisation and visualisation
• Sedimentology, Petrology and Field Geology

My current major interests are in using quantitative methods to further understand fluid mechanics and pore network characterisation of rock for applications to carbon capture and storage, environmental monitoring, as well as the oil and gas industry.

My Masters thesis used X-ray micro-computed tomography (CT) to devise a 3-dimensional pore network model, in order to quantify the CO2 storage potential of a basalt rock reservoir, as part of the CarbFix Project.

My PhD thesis looks to characterise the permeability and structure of onshore and offshore chimney structures in order to quantify and assess the risk of CO2 leakage from storage sites underlying these structures. The key aim of the project is to quantify the permeability and fully understand the dynamics and mechanisms of fluid flow through chimney structures, fracture networks and unconsolidated sediment. My work will contribute to two international research projects, STEM-CCS (WP3-Leakage Pathways through the overburden) and CHIMNEY.

I have current involvement working with the CarbFix Project.

Research project: Characterising the permeability and structure of onshore and offshore chimney structures – relevance to Carbon Capture and Storage


Dr Thomas Gernon
Professor Jon Bull
Dr Angus Best

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

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Research project(s)

STEMM-CCS – Strategies for the Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage


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SOES6059: Basin Analysis

SOES2033: Structural Geology

SOES6064: Barrel Award


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Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/184/13/N1

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