Our approach is to combine laboratory experiments (skilled mechanic!), microstructural analysis (nano scientist!), and digital rock physics modeling (computer geek!). Our current projects include:
1. Fracture propagation and frictional instability under varying pore fluid pressure and chemistry, with applications to faulting and earthquake mechanisms.
2. Transport properties and 3D melt distribution of partially molten mantle peridotites, with applications to magma transport at ocean ridges, subduction zones and hotspots.
3. Reaction-induced fracturing during hydration and carbonation of olivine, with applications oceanic lithosphere dynamics and carbon sequestration.
4. Interplay between fracturing, crystal plasticity and pressure solution in carbonate rocks, with applications to energy exploration and fault mechanics.