University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Sheng Peng

Dr. Sheng Peng

Dr. Sheng Peng

Research Associate
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924

My research interest lies in the understanding of porous media and flow dynamics, with emphasis on the subsurface energy and environment processes and problems. I apply, and develop, new laboratory and analytical methods in porosity and permeability measurement, pore structure characterization, and pore-scale processes of fluid flow for complex porous and fractured media. My research focuses on both fundamental and applied aspects. Currently, most of my studies are related to shale gas and oil/mudrock systems. Most of my previous works are related to contaminant transport and remediation in the vadose zone and groundwater systems.

  • Research Interests

    Permeability and porosity

    Pore-scale processes and properties 

    Pore structure and flow channel characterization

    Pore-scale imaging and upscaling using SEM, FIB/SEM, micro-CT, and nano-CT 

  • Education

    Ph.D. Environmental Hydrogeology, University of Arizona, 2004

    M.S. Environmental Science, Beijing Normal University, 2000

    B.E. Environmental Planning and Management, Suzhou Institute of Urban Construction & Environmental Protection, 1997

  • Professional History

    Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 2014 – present

    Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 2013 – 2014

    Assistant Research Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas at Arlington, 2011-2013

    Associate Professor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, 2007-2010

    Project Hydrogeologist, GeoSystems Analysis, Inc., Tucson, AZ, 2005-2007

    Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Arizona, 2004-2005

    Assistant Environmental Engineer, Sound Environmental Engineering Group, Beijing, 2000-2001

  • Select Publications

    Peng, S., B. Ren, M. Meng, Quantifying the Influence of Fractures for More Accurate Laboratory Measurement of Shale Matrix Permeability using a Modified Gas Expansion Method, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering-Formation Evaluation, accepted with minor revision.

    Peng, S*, T. Zhang, R. Loucks, J. Shultz, 2017. Application of mercury injection capillary pressure to mudrocks: Conformance and compression corrections. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 88, 30-40.

    Peng, S*, and X. Xiao (2017). Investigation of multiphase fluid imbibition in shale through synchrotron-based dynamic micro-CT imaging, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014253.

    Peng, S*, A. Hassan, R.G. Loucks, 2016. Permeability estimation based on thin-section image analysis and 2D flow modeling in grain-dominated carbonates. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 77, 763-775. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.07.024

    Peng, S. *, B. Loucks, 2016. Permeability measurements in Mudrocks using gas-expansion methods on plug and crushed-rock samples. Marine and Petroleum Geology, doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.02.025.

    Peng, S.*, J. Yang, X. Xiao, B. Loucks, S. Ruppel, T. Zhang, 2015. An integrated method for upscaling pore-network characterization and permeability estimation: Example from the Mississippian Barnett Shale. Transport in Porous Media. 109 (2), 359-376.

    Peng, S.*, F. Marone, S. Dultz, 2014. Resolution effect in X-ray microcomputed tomography imaging and small pore's contribution to permeability for a Berea sandstone. Journal of Hydrology, 510, 403-411. 

    Peng, S.*, N. Wang, J. Chen, 2013. Steam and air co-injection in removing residual TCE in unsaturated layered sandy porous media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 153, 24-36. 

    Peng, S.*, S. Dultz, M. Zhang, Q. Hu, 2012. Pore structure characterization of Berea sandstone using synchrotron X-ray computed tomography: resolution effect and comparison with mercury intrusion porosimetry. Journal of Hydrology, 472, 254-261. 

    Peng, S., Q. Hu, R. P. Ewing, C. Liu, and J. M. Zachara, 2012. Quantitative 3-D elemental mapping by LA-ICP-MS of basalt from the Hanford 300 area. Environmental Science & Technology, 46, 2035-2042.

    Peng, S., Q. Hu, S. Hamamoto, 2012. Gas diffusivity in rocks: measurement and its correlation to porosity, pore-size distribution, and permeability. Water Resources Research, 48, W02507, 9 PP., doi:10.1029/2011WR011098

    Peng, S, Wu, W., Chen, J., 2011. Removal of PAHs with surfactant enhanced soil washing: Influencing factors and removal effectiveness. Chemosphere, 82, 1173-1177.

    Peng, S. and M. L. Brusseau, 2005. The impact of soil texture on air-water interfacial area in unsaturated sandy porous media, Water Resources Research, Vol. 41, No. 3, W0302110.1029/2004WR003233.