Ran Holtzman

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

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PhD projects

Impact of Soil Hydrophobicity on Flooding and Erosion Hazards Highly interdisciplinary project, integrating physics and earth sciences with geography. Fully-funded by GCRF. See details in http://www.ranholtzman.com/positions.html

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  • 544 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Personal profile

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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Research Output

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

  • 13 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
  • 64 Citations (Scopus)
    16 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    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
  • 57 Citations (Scopus)
    12 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
  • 34 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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

  • 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