Victor Vilarrasa

I am staff scientist at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC). I obtained my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, USA and was awarded with an ‘EPFL Fellows’ Fellowship co-funded by Marie Curie at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. My research deals with dimensional analysis and numerical modeling of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes related to geo-energy and geo-engineering applications. I apply my research to several geo-energy and geo-engineering applications, such as CO2 geological storage, geological nuclear waste disposal and enhanced geothermal systems. I have given several invited talks at conferences and seminars, including universities such as Stanford University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and research institutes such as the US Geological Survey (USGS) and LBNL. I serve as a reviewer in many geoscience journals. I have received the Special Doctoral Award of the UPC, the Alfons Bayó Award to Young Researchers awarded by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) – Spanish Group, and the MIT Technology Review Award to Innovators Under 35.


Selected Publications

1. Vilarrasa, V. and Rutqvist, J. (2017). Thermal effects on geologic carbon storage. Earth Sci. Rev., 165: 245-256

2. Vilarrasa, V., Bustarret, G., Laloui, L. and Zeidouni, M. (2017). A methodology to detect and locate low-permeability faults to reduce the risk of inducing seismicity of fluid injection operations in deep saline formations. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control, 59: 110-122

3. Vilarrasa, V., Makhnenko, R. and Gheibi, S. (2016). Geomechanical analysis of the influence of CO2 injection location on fault stability. J. Rock Mech. Geotech. Eng., 8: 805-818

4. Vilarrasa, V. and Carrera, J. (2015). Geologic carbon storage is unlikely to trigger large earthquakes and reactivate faults through which CO2 could leak. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 112(19): 5938-5943 (highly cited paper, among the 1% most cited papers in its field)

5. Vilarrasa, V., Rutqvist, J. and Rinaldi, A.P. (2015). Thermal and capillary effects on the caprock mechanical stability at In Salah, Algeria. Greenh. Gases: Sci. & Tech., 5: 449-461

6. Vilarrasa, V., Olivella, S., Carrera, J. and Rutqvist, J. (2014). Long term impacts of cold CO2 injection on the caprock integrity. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control, 24: 1-13