Ran Holtzman

Dr, Leader, Engineering Applications of Fluid Mechanics group in FCS

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  • 453 Citations
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Research Interests

Multiscale modeling of multiphase and reactive fluid flow in deformable porous media, emphasizing the collective effect of coupled pore-scale mechanisms on the overall response at larger scales. I am particularly interested in the pore-scale origins of nonequilibrium—emergence of unstable, preferential pathways, hysteresis and rate-dependency, and their interplay with hydrodynamics, phase transitions and matrix alteration due to bio-chemo-mechanical processes such as fracturing, compaction, dissolution and precipitation. My research, which cuts across the interface of earth sciences, engineering and physics, is motivated by environmental and energy applications across scales, from filtration, desalinization or microfluidics to soil infiltration, evapotranspiration, contamination and remediation, sediment transport, enhanced energy recovery or carbon geosequestration.

Education/Academic qualification

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Doctorate, University of California, Berkeley

Agricultural Engineering—Water, Soil and Environmental Sciences, MSc, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Civil Engineering, BSc, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Geological and Environmental Sciences, BSc, Degree, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


  • QE Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • water resources
  • geohazards
  • energy recovery
  • CCS
  • QC Physics
  • porous media
  • pattern formation
  • multiphase flow
  • granular matter
  • Pore-scale
  • micromechanics
  • numerical simulations
  • Capillarity
  • reactive transport
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Porous media flow
  • Geomechanics
  • Soil physics
  • Hydrology

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porous medium Earth & Environmental Sciences
fracturing Physics & Astronomy
groundwater Earth & Environmental Sciences
infiltration Earth & Environmental Sciences
porosity Physics & Astronomy
recharge Earth & Environmental Sciences
river Earth & Environmental Sciences
aquifer Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2002 2019

10 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Impact of spatially correlated pore-scale heterogeneity on drying porous media

Borgman, O., Fantinel, P., Lühder, W., Goehring, L. & Holtzman, R., 1 Jul 2017, In : Water Resources Research. 53, 7, p. 5645-5658 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

porous medium
fuel cell
50 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Wettability Stabilizes Fluid Invasion into Porous Media via Nonlocal, Cooperative Pore Filling

Holtzman, R. & Segre, E., 12 Oct 2015, In : Physical Review Letters. 115, 16, 5 p., 164501.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
dimensionless numbers
6 Citations (Scopus)

Reactive transport under stress: Permeability evolution in deformable porous media

Roded, R., Paredes, X. & Holtzman, R., 1 Jul 2018, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 493, p. 198-207 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

reactive transport
Porous materials
porous medium
53 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Capillary fracturing in granular media

Holtzman, R., Szulczewski, M. L. & Juanes, R., 28 Jun 2012, In : Physical Review Letters. 108, 26, 4 p., 264504 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
dimensionless numbers
24 Citations (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of Pore-Scale Disorder on Fluid Displacement in Partially-Wettable Porous Media

Holtzman, R., 26 Oct 2016, In : Scientific Reports. 6, 36221.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
porous medium

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

IDAEA–CSIC, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Barcelona

Ran Holtzman (Visiting researcher)
Aug 2017Mar 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution


Accreditation of research and teaching-Associate Professor

Ran Holtzman (Recipient), 2018

Prize: National/international honour

quality assurance
university teacher

Best Teaching Assistant Award, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology

Ran Holtzman (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Golda Meir Fellowship Lectureship Award

Ran Holtzman (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

Ran Holtzman (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Press / Media

Synopsis: Fluid Invasion

Ran Holtzman


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research