VENI award for Anne Pluymakers

News - 29 August 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded the Veni grants in July. The Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. Anne Pluymakers, who will start work at the department of Geoscience & Engineering, has also been awarded a Veni grant. She is currently still a post-doc at the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo in Norway,

Her awarded project:

Are rocks made out of sugar: how does a realistic pore fluid chemistry influence rock mechanics?

Potential consequences of waste water injection and drilling for geothermal energy are hot topics when discussing the use of the subsurface. This research will use novel experimental techniques to determine how the chemical interaction between fluids and rocks influences rock strength and the formation of fractures and fluid pathways.