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As a current PhD student at the University of Strathclyde my research focuses on the architecture of shallow fault systems and how geofluids move through these systems. This is particularly important for several emerging geoenergy industries (e.g. CCS, energy storage, geothermal energy, conventional/unconventional hydrocarbons and nuclear waste storage) to ensure effective and safe storage of geofluids in the subsurface. My supervisors are Jen Roberts, Gareth Johnson and Zoe Shipton. My external supervisors are Julian Strand (CSIRO) and Eric Tenthorey (CO2CRC).
After studying for a BSc Earth Science (Hons) at the University of Glasgow I went on to complete a MSc Applied Geoscience (GeoEnergy) at the University of Edinburgh. In both cases I learned fundamental skills and gained experience in petrology, structural geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, numerical modelling, experiment design and reservoir geology.
I have fieldwork experience across Scotland, particularly in the NW highlands (Scotland), Oban, Kerrera, Ardnamurchan and Arran. In June 2018 I also led a 3 week long research expedition to Uganda to the western branch of the East African Rift System to gather structural data, collect rock samples for further analysis, conduct qualitative social research and further collaborations between research groups and partner institutions.
My research interests are focused on geoenergy technologies, particularly those technologies focused on aiding the decarbonisation of the energy mix, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen. In addition, understanding how science communication can be improved to encourage the development of supportive policies as well as positive public perception around geoenergy technologies.
Master in Science, The University Of Edinburgh
1 Sep 2018 → 8 Aug 2019
Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow
1 Sep 2014 → 27 Jun 2018
The architecture and fluid flow properties of shallow fault systems and their implications for geoenergy engineering
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Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated
Research Output per year
Geological Storage of Hydrogen: Natural Analogues, Flow Cell Experiments and Mass Transport ModellingMcMahon, C. J., 26 Nov 2019, Edinburgh. 146 p.
Research output: Thesis › Master's Thesis
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