Dr. Javier Vilcaez

Associate Professor


103B Noble Research Center


Educational and work background:

  • Assistant Professor of Energy Fluids.
    Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar of Computational Modeling & Geosystems Production. Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, USA.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow of Energy Security. New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, Japan.
  • Ph.D. of Environmental Studies. (Geosystems & Energy Sciences). Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan.
  • Master of Civil Engineering. Graduate School of Engineering, Gunma University, Japan.
  • Computer Programmer. Center of Digital Computation, Bolivia.
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. Faculty of Technology. University of Saint Francis Xavier, Bolivia.

Research areas:

My current research is on the Water-Energy-CO2 nexus. I conduct experimental and computational research on the hydrological, geochemical, and microbiological factors and interactions that control the multiphase bio-geochemical reactive transport of gas, aqueous, and hydrocarbon compounds in deep and shallow geological formations of complex heterogeneous porous media, at both the pore- and field-scale levels. The focus is on groundwater quality, petroleum produced water treatment and disposal, geological carbon storage and utilization, and enhanced oil recovery. The goal  is to develop new environmental technologies and computational methodologies to minimize the environmental burden of and optimize the development of subsurface energy and groundwater resources.


  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of multiphase reactive transport processes
  • Numerical optimization and uncertainty analysis
  • Pore-scale modeling and simulation
  • Machine learning


  • Treatment and disposal of petroleum produced water
  • Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery
  • Petrophysical characterization of rocks



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