Ran Holtzman

Dr, Theme lead, Nonequilibrium in Environmental and Engineering Systems (NEES)

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    Particle mixing in dynamic microscopic waterscapes: Implications for microbial ecology

    Co-tutelle (joint with the University of Warwick, PhD awarded from both universities).

    Combining laboratory experiments with computer simulations; details in

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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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

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

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

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

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2008


    • 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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