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Catherine A. Peters

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Peters works in the areas of environmental chemistry, geochemistry, and reactive transport. She is particularly interested in reaction kinetics, and her work typically combines laboratory experimentation with mathematical modeling to infer reaction rates for a variety of environmental systems. She and her research group are currently studying the geochemical reactions that are important for geologic sequestration of CO2 in deep saline aquifers. She is particularly interested in the kinetics of these reactions and determining which reactions are likely to be important on the time-scales operative for CO2 storage. She has also addressed research problems involving contamination of water and soils with organic pollutants, particularly non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Relevant Publications

Ellis, B. R., Grant S. Bromhal, Dustin L. McIntyre, and Catherine A. Peters, 2011: Changes in caprock integrity due to vertical migration of CO2-enriched brine. Energy Procedia, 4, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.514 5327-5334

Kim, D., Catherine A. Peters, and W. B. Lindquist, 2011: Upscaling geochemical reaction rates accompanying acidic CO2-saturated brine flow in sandstone aquifers. Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union, 47, W01505, DOI:10.1029/2010WR009472 1-16

Peters, Catherine A., P. F. Dobson, C. M Oldenburg, Joseph S.Y. Wang, T. C. Onstott, George Scherer, B. Freifeld, T. S. Ramakrishnan, Eric L. Stabinski, Kenneth Liang, and Sandeep Verma, 2011: LUCI: A facility at DUSEL for large-scale experimental study of geologic carbon sequestration. Energy Procedia, Elsevier, 4, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.478 5050-5057