My current research at the Bureau of Economic Geology addresses the influence of geologic heterogeneity at cm-to-m scale on subsurface fluid flow of carbon dioxide. Specifically, I focus on numerical simulation of fluid flow using both traditional (Darcy) flow simulators as well as Invasion Percolation (IP) methods, with an emphasis on the transition between viscous-dominated and buoyancy/capillary-dominated flow.
Ph.D., 2015, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA. Advisor: Tissa Illangasekare, Dissertation: Study of trapping mechanisms of supercritical carbon dioxide in deep heterogeneous geologic formations through intermediate scale testing and modeling
M.S., 2012, Environmental Science and Engineering M.S., Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA
M.S., 2007, Groundwater Hydrology M.S., Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Advisor: Daniel Fernandez-Garcia, Thesis: Modeling solute transport and mass–transfer processes at the MADE site aquifer, Mississippi
B.S., 2005, Geology B.S., University of Padua, Padua, Italy, Thesis: Geological study of deep-seated gravitational slope deformations in the Vizze Valley (Eastern Alps)
Trevisan, L., Cihan, A., Fagerlund, F., Agartan, E.,Mori, H., Birkholzer, J.T., Zhou, Q., Illangasekare, T.H. (2014). Investigation of mechanisms of supercritical CO2 trapping in deep saline reservoirs using surrogate fluids at ambient laboratory conditions. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 29, 35-49, doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.07.012.
Trevisan, L., Pini, R., Cihan, A., Birkholzer, J.T., Zhou, Q., Illangasekare, T.H. Experimental investigation of supercritical CO2 trapping mechanisms at the intermediate laboratory scale in well-defined heterogeneous porous media. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technology, Austin, TX, Oct 2014. Energy Procedia 63, 5646-5653, doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.597.
Cihan, A., Birkholzer, J.T., Trevisan, L., Bianchi, M., Zhou, Q., Illangasekare, T.H. A connectivity-based modeling approach for representing hysteresis in macroscopic two-phase flow properties. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technology, Austin, TX, Oct 2014. Energy Procedia 63, 3456-3463, doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.374.
Agartan, E., Trevisan, L., Cihan, A., Birkholzer, J.T., Zhou, Q., Illangasekare, T.H. (2015). Experimental study on effects of geologic heterogeneity in enhancing dissolution trapping of supercritical CO2. Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/2014WR015778.
Mori, H., Trevisan, L., Illangasekare, T.H. Evaluation of relative permeability functions as inputs to multiphase flow models simulating supercritical CO2 behavior in deep geologic formations. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (under review).
Trevisan, L., Pini, R., Cihan, A., Birkholzer, J.T., Zhou, Q., Illangasekare, T.H. (2015) Experimental analysis of spatial correlation effects on capillary trapping of supercritical CO2 at the intermediate laboratory scale in heterogeneous porous media. Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017440