What is NUPUS?

nupus_description NUPUS stands for Nonlinearities and Upscaling in PoroUS Media. It is an international and interdisciplinary cooperation of Universities and Scientists with the aim of tackling current problems in the research area of porous media flow. These problems originate from such diverse fields as engineering, geosciences and even biomechanics and the applications of our models range from the geological sequestration of carbon-dioxide over fuel cells to drug delivery in the human body.

In order to understand and describe the interactions of such wide-spread physical and chemical effects, an interdisciplinary research environment is crucial. The participating scientists excel in such diverse fields as applied mathematics, scientific computing, physics, environmental and civil engineering, geosciences, and petroleum engineering. The research is carried out at the University of Bergen, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, University of Stuttgart, Utrecht University and Wageningen University.

On the German side, ten doctoral students, one postdoctoral researcher and eleven supervising researchers participate in the project. The German Research Foundation is funding the International Research Training Group since January 2007. The first funding period will last for 4.5 years. The Dutch and Norwegian side are funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Research Council of Norway respectively.

The NUPUS Spokespeople are:

  • Prof. Majid Hassanizadeh for the Dutch side,
  • Prof. Rainer Helmig for the German side, and
  • Prof. Helge Dahle for the Norwegian side.

The Vice-spokespeople are:

  • Dr. Iuliu Sorin Pop for the Dutch side,
  • Prof. Wolfgang Ehlers and Prof. Christian Rohde for the German side, and
  • Prof. Inga Berre for the Norwegian side.

The NUPUS students' representatives are:

  • Nikolaos K. Karadimitriou for the Dutch side,
  • Thomas Fetzer for the German side, and
  • Tor Harald Sandve for the Norwegian side.