Projects

I have been involved in a number of research projects as principal investigator (PI), collaborator and researcher. Below a summary of them is shown:

  • 2013–15 Water EOR in carbonate rocks: can we modify water composition to release more oil?
    – Funding agency: Maersk Oil.
    – P.I.: Prof. Susan L.S. Stipp and Prof. Klaus Bechgaard.
    – Co-PI: Dr. K. West, Profs. T. Bjørnholm, R. Feidenhans’l, E. Makovicky, and J. Winther.
  • 2007–10 The kinetics and mechanisms of CaCO3 nucleation and growth from solution.
    – Funding agency: Mineral Nucleation and Growth Kinetics (MIN-GRO) Research and Training Network; European Union under the 6th Framework Marie Curie Actions.
    – International consortium; Univ. of Leeds P.I.: Prof. Liane G. Benning.
    – Co-PI’s: Dr. Sam Shaw, Prof. Rik Brydson (University of Leeds).
  • 2001–04 Rayos X, Síntesis, Estructura, Propiedades y Aplicación Tecnológica de Materiales [‘X-Ray diffraction, Structure, Synthesis, Properties and Technological Applications of Materials’]
    – Funding agency: FICYT-2001 (Spain)
    – P.I.: Prof. S. García-Granda (University of Oviedo).

 

MAIN RESEARCH PROJECTS AWARDED AT SYNCHROTRON-BASED FACILITIES

2015 Gypsum grows from sub-3 nm rod-shaped primary particles. What are they? (EE11320).
– Funding Agency: STFC – Diamond Light Source (UK). Aprox. £20000
– P.I.: L.G. Benning; Co-P.I.: T. Stawski, J.D. Rodriguez-Blanco, A. Van Driessche.

2014 Coarsening and stability of calcite in subsurface environments: an in-situ SAXS/WAXS study (SM9904).
– Funding Agency: STFC – Diamond Light Source (UK). Aprox. £40000
– P.I.: J.D. Rodriguez-Blanco; Co-P.I.: L.G. Benning, D. Tobler, Y. Fujita, S. Stipp.

2012 The crystallization of calcium sulphates: a mechanistic insight into an elusive process (SM7893).
– Funding Agency: STFC – Diamond Light Source (UK). Aprox. £40000
– P.I.: L.G. Benning; Co-P.I.: J.D. Rodriguez-Blanco, M. Ossorio, A. Van Driessche.

2010 Crystallization of calcium carbonate polymorphs in the presence of Mg, SO4 and PO4 ions: from primary nanoparticles to crystalline minerals (SM4595).
– Funding Agency: STFC – Diamond Light Source (UK). Aprox. £40000
– P.I.: L.G. Benning; Co-P.I.:  J.D. Rodriguez-Blanco, P. Bots, S. Shaw.

2009 Fundamental studies of carbonate biomineral formation processes – primary particles to aggregates (SM1132).
– Funding Agency: STFC – Diamond Light Source (UK). Aprox. £30000
– P.I.: L.G. Benning; Co-P.I.: J.D. Rodriguez-Blanco, S. Shaw.

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