TEACHING & RESEARCH
Adjunct Research Scientist/Coal Geologist
Coal Geology, Organic Petrology and Geochemistry
Office: Geological Survey S-225
- Ph.D., 1988, Silesian Technical University (Poland)
- M.Sc., 1981, Wroclaw University (Poland)
Shale gas: Geochemical and physical constraints on genesis, storage, and productibility.
Project director: Arndt Schimmelmann; Co-investigators: Maria Mastalerz and Jurgen Schieber; Project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
Project significance: a) research towards understanding porosity in shales; b) catalytic gas generation; and c) measuring methane emissions from shale outcrops. We intend to generate new data to better understand gas producibility from shales.
Geologic support of abandoned and active coal mines in Indiana for ventilation design
Project director: Maria Mastalerz; Co-investigator: Agnieszka Drobniak: Project sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Project significance: This study is conducted to evaluate ventilation systems in underground coal mines and to identify ways in which improvement of ventilation systems in relation to different methane sources can increase mine safety.
Technology options for coupled underground coal gasification and CO2 capture and storage
Project director: Jeroen Schuppers; Co-investigator: Maria Mastalerz and Agnieszka Drobniak; Project sponsored by the European Commission
The main objective of the proposed project is to develop a generic underground coal gasification – carbon capture and storage (UCG-CCS) site characterization workflow which would address the dilemma faced by the proponents of reactor zone CO2 storage and offers technological solutions to source-sink mismatch issues that are likely to be faced in many coalfields.
Graduate Student Projects
Opportunities exist for M.S. and Ph.D. students who are interested in pursuing research on coal geology, coalbed gas, and coal and maceral characterization.