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Dr. Nima Shokri

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Room C26, The Mill
The University of Manchester
Sackville Street
Manchester, M13 9PL
Email: nima.shokri@manchester.ac.uk
Phone: 0044 (0) 161 3063980

I completed my undergraduate and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Iran and received my PhD in Mechanics of Solid and Fluids from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2009 in Switzerland followed by a 6-months postdoctoral fellow at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in Switzerland. I joined the school of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences at The University of Manchester in January 2013. Prior to that I was an assistant professor in the department of Earth and Environment at Boston University for three years.

I have broad research interests in miscible, immiscible multiphase flow and transport phenomena in porous media which is ubiquitous in many engineering and environemntal applications. The main goal of my research is to provide a better physical understanding of the mechanisms governing micro- and macro-scale dynamics of various interfacial and multiphase processes in porous media by combining theory and experiments. The current projects in my research group include I) analysis of the evaporation from porous media, II) understanding the dynamics of salt distribution in porous media, III) delineating the acoustical signature of the propagating drying front in porous media, and IV) understanding the crack dynamics and patterns in desiccating clays. For complete list of my academic activities and publication list, see my CV.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Homa Khosravian

Contact: homa.khosravian@manchester.ac.uk

I obtained my Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. Then I moved to United States to continue my study in Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). My research during my PhD was about synthesis, characterization, and surface reaction studies of rhodium nanoparticles on TiO2(110), Al2O3/Ni3Al(111), and Graphene/Cu(111) substrates. I completed my PhD in May 2013 and then I moved to United Kingdom to start my career as a Research Associate. My current project is focused on the inevstigation of the multiphase flow and transport phenomena in porous media with a particular focus on the Enhanced Oil Recovery.

Graduate Students

Mansoureh Norouzi Rad

Contact: mansoureh.rad@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

I received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran and my M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. I am currently doing my PhD in the school of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester.

I am interested in "Flow and Transport in Porous Media" and my research focuses on the dynamics of salt distribution during evaporation from porous media. I study salt transport and precipitation in soil and its effects on drying characteristics of the medium. I am developing models along with experiments to describe this phenomenon.

Former students

Nicholas Grapsas

Contact: nikograpsas@gmail.com

Niko's research was focused on understanding of the acoustical signature of the drying front displacement in porous media. He used acoustic emission technique to analyze the effects of the grain size distribution and roughness of the grains on the drying front displacement in porous media. One of the objectives of his project was to offer a noninvasive mean to describe the drying behavior of porous media by "listening" to water movement. He conducted these studies in the context of his undergraduate project. Niko's efforts in Dr. Shokri's laboratory resulted in four conference presentations and one journal paper.

Keita DeCarlo

Contact: decarlo@bu.edu

Keita's research focused on desiccation cracks, namely the mathematical and physical processes that govern its formation and propagation under various boundary conditions. Keita studied the substrate effects cracking of an overlying thin layer of clay. Also, he spent a significant amount of time to study the effects of salt concentration on cracking dynamics and morphology during drying of Bentonite. He combined laboratory experiments with imaging using X-ray micro-tomography to describe the desiccation cracks. He conducted these studies in the context of his undergraduate project. His efforts resulted in two conference presenttaions and two journal papers.

Michael Dyonisius

Contact: micnd@bu.edu

Michael's research was focused on developing an experimental setup in Dr. Shokri's laboratory to measure capillary pressure-saturation curve. This included constructing a customized column with the corresponding water content and pressure sensors connected to a datalogger and a computer. This work was conducted within Michael's undergraduate research. His effort was resulted in one conference presentation.

Kimberly Wong

Contact: kimmwong@bu.edu

Kimberly was one of the undergraduate students in Dr. Shokri's laboratory who was assiting in several activities such as measuring the hydraluic conductivity and water retention curve of various sediments used in our experiments. Also, Kimberly developed the website of our research group. A big thank you to Kimberly!