Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In my research I develop and apply quantitative models to improve our current understanding of flow and transport processes in porous media. Specific research topics include characterization of contaminant transport in soil and aquifers, reactive transport, probabilistic risk assessment, uncertainty quantification of large scale geological models. To date I co-authored more than 40 papers (H-Index, 12), coordinated six research projects and contributed to numerous national and international research projects. I am visiting affiliate at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney, Australia, associate editor of the journal Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. I am member of the International Society for Porous Media (Interpore) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).
My research focuses on conceptual, mathematical, and numerical models to characterize and predict flow and transport processes in porous media. Target applications concern subsurface water and energy resources and span the whole spectrum ranging from pore-scale to geological scales. As porous media are ubiquitous across a broad range of applications, the overarching target of my research is to improve our ability to manage critical water and energy resources residing in aquifers and subsurface reservoirs. Specific topics of research include reactive transport and mixing processes in porous media, contaminant transport in soil and aquifers, environmental risk assessment, numerical modeling and uncertainty quantification.
Since 2011 I held the tenure of courses of Fluid Mechanics, School of Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano as wells as Hydraulics and Applied Hydraulics at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano. Since 2018 I contributed developing and designing new lecture materials based on flipped and blended classroom methodologies for the course of Fluid Mechanics. In 2019 I was Unit lecturer of the Master course Advanced Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney (Australia). I was Assistant lecturer in PhD courses at Polimi. page on Politecnico website.
Title:DionisosCalib: Development and validation of a methodology for uncertainty quantification and stochastic model calibration of forward stratigraphic models in carbonate environments. Role: Principal Investigator. Objectives and activities: Development of methodologies for probabilistic modelling of sediment deposition in carbonate environments, model reduction for forward geologic models.
Title: Develoment of a work-flow for the calibration of 3D Gravity Flow. Role: Principal Investigator. Objectives and activities: Setup of a stochastic inverse modelling framework for the interpretation of sediment gravity flows.
Title: Development of a modelling approach for the modelling of geochemical and mechanical compaction processes in the presence of glaciations. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Objectives and activities: Setup of a methodology and a numerical simulation approach to assess the impact of glaciations on fluid flow and compaction processes in sedimentary systems.
Title: TANKS Integrity and soil contamination monitoring. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Objectives and activities: Modelling of hydrocarbons spills to shallow soil and water resources from storage tanks and development of an early warning monitoring systems.
Title: Validation of models for generation of non-hydrocarbon components in sedimentary basins. Role: Principal Investigator. Objectives and activities: Assessment of reactive transport models for the quantification of generation of non-hydrocarbon components in sedimentary basin under uncertainty.
Title: Modelling basin scale geochemical compaction. Role: Member of research team. Related activities: development of a global sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification tool for mechanical and geochemical compaction coupled to flow modelling at sedimentary basin scale.
Title: Water alternating gas injection. Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: theoretical upscaling of multiphase flow in porous media from pore to continuum scale approximations, three-phase oil relative permeability models and validation through experimental datasets.
Title: Inverse modelling of geochemical and mechanical compaction processes. Funded by, Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: development of an inverse modelling technique for basin compaction models, detailed study of the smectite-illite geochemical reaction, supervision of a research associate.
Title: Identification and implementation of models for generation of non-hydrocarbon components in sedimentary basins. Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: Formulation of reactive transport models for the quantification of generation and migration of non-hydrocarbon components in sedimentary basin, supervision of a PhD student.
Title: Development of a computational tool for the calibration and sensitivity analysis of Dionisos. Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: Development of tools for stratigraphic numerical simulation under uncertainty.
Title: Data assimilation and uncertainty quantification strategies for anomalous transport in subsurface flows. International Exchanges 2017 Round 3. Funded by. Role: Co-Principal investigator. Objective and activities: Set up of modelling strategies to the interpretation of field-scale solute transport processes in the subsurface.
Title: RECYCLE Removal and Mitigation of Pollution from the Use of Pesticides: Prevention, Recycling and Resource Management EU MSCA RISE, Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: Development of techniques for recycling and life cycle assessment of pesticides.
Title: Sydney Research Excellence Initiative EnviroSphere Role: Partner. Objectives and activities: modeling under uncertainty of contaminant transport in agricoltural soil (external collaborator).
Title: WE-NEED WatEr NEEDs, availability, quality and sustainability Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: Development of novel modelling approaches for reactive transport. Dissemination activities related to groundwater availability and quality.
Title: Hydroelectric energy by osmosis in coastal areas, Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: upscaling of flow and transport processes in coastal aquifers.
Title: IMVUL Towards Improved Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment EU MSCA ITN, EU MSCA ITN, Role: Member of research team. Objectives and activities: direct supervision of the research work of the project fellow Sergey Chaynikov.