Weon Shik Han

Associate Professor

348 Lapham Hall
(414) 229-2493
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Ph.D., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
M.S., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
B.S., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Key Areas of Interest: Geologic CO2 sequestration processes, Non-isothermal, Multiphase and Multispecies reactive transport modeling, Physical and Chemical hydrogeology

Teaching Areas: Hydrogeology; Flow and Transport in Porous Media

Research Interests: My research focuses on environmental, climate change, and energy related research such as geologic CO2 sequestration, groundwater hydrology, and geothermal energy development with an emphasis in multi-phase phenomena, reactive transport modeling, and heat transport. The methods I prefer range widely, from analytical and numerical approaches to field applications. Thus, my research includes interdisciplinary approaches, integrating elements of groundwater hydrology, hydrogeochemistry, geology, thermodynamics, and petroleum engineering.

Students interested in graduate studies on coupled processes in groundwater flow emphasis on computation simulations are encouraged to contact Weon Shik Han. Undergraduates interested in research experience and work opportunities should also contact.

Selected Publications:

Guyant, Ethan, Han, Weon S., Kim, K.-Y., Park, M.-Y., and Kim, B.-Y. “Salt precipitation and CO2/brine flow distribution under different injection well completion.” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 37. (2015): 299-310.
Choung, S., Oh, J., Han, Weon S., Chon, C.-M., Kwon, Y., Kim, D.Y., and Shin, W. “Comparison of physicochemical properties between fine (PM2.5) and coarse airborne particles at cold season in Korea.” Science of the Total Environment 541. (2015): 1132-1138.
Han, Weon S., Kim, K. Y., Jung, N. H., and Park, E. “Coupled Transport of Groundwater, Heat, and Radiogenic He in Topography-Driven Basins.” Ground Water 53.S1 (2015): 33-46.
Jung, N.-H., Han, Weon S., Han, K., and Park, E. “Regional-scale advective, diffusive, and eruptive dynamics of CO2 and brine through faults and wellbores.” Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 120.5 (2015): 3003-3025.
Yang, Q., Zhao, W., Dixon, T. H., Amelung, F., Han, Weon S., and Li, P. “InSAR monitoring of ground deformation due to CO2 injection at an enhanced oil recovery site, West Texas.” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 41. (2015): 20-28.
Oh, H., Kim, K.-Y., Han, Weon S., Park, E., and Kim, J.-C. “Migration behavior of supercritical and liquid CO2 in a stratified system: Experiments and numerical simulations.” Water Resources Research (2015) .
Wriedt, J., Deo, M., Han, Weon S., and Lepinski, J. “A Methodology for Quantifying Risk and Likelihood of Failure for Carbon Dioxide Injection into Deep Saline Reservoris.” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 20. (2014): 196-211.
Jung, N. H., Han, Weon S., Watson, Z. T., Graham, J. P., and Kim, K. Y. “Fault-Controlled CO2 Leakage from Natural Reservoirs in the Colorado Plateau, East-Central Utah.” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 403. (2014): 358-367.
Han, Weon S., Kim, K. Y., Jeong, J., Chung, S., Jung, N. H., and Park, E. “Non-parametric simulations-based conditional stochastic predictions of geologic heterogeneities and leakage potentials for hypothetical CO2 sequestration sites.” Environmental Earth Sciences 71.6 (2014): 2739-2752.
Watson, Z. T., Han, Weon S., Keating, E. H., Jung, N.-H., and M. L. “Eruption dynamics of CO2-driven cold-water geysers: Crystal, Tenmile geyser in Utah and Chimayó geyser in New Mexico.” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 408. (2014): 272-284.
Jeong, G., Park, E., Han, Weon S., and Kim, K.-Y. “A Novel Data Assimilation Methodology for Predicting Lithology Based on Sequence Labeling Algorithms.” Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 119.10 (2014): 7503-7520.
Kim, K.-Y., Han, Weon S., Park, E., and Lee, P.-K. “Flow dynamics of CO2/brine at the interface between the storage formation and sealing units in a multi-layered model.” Transport in Porous Media 105.3 (2014): 611-633.
Potter-McIntyre, S., Allen, J., Lee, S.-Y., Han, Weon S., Marjorie, C., and McPherson, B. “Iron precipitation in a natural CO2 reservoir: Jurassic Navajo Sandstone in the northern San Rafael Swell, UT, USA.” Geofluids 13.1 (2013): 82-92.
Oh, J., Kim, K.-Y., Han, Weon S., Kim, T., Kim, J.-C., and Park, E. “Experimental and numerical study on supercritical CO2/brine transport in a fractured rock: Implications of mass transfer, capillary pressure and storage capacity.” Advances in Water Resources 62.Part C (2013): 442-453.
Han, Weon S., Lu, M, McPherson, B J., Keating, E H., Moore, J, Park, E, Watson, Z.T., and Jung, N.-H. “Characteristics of CO2-driven cold-water geyser, the Crystal Geyser in Utah: Experimental observation and mechanism analysis.” Geofluids 13.3 (2013): 283-297.
Kim, K.-Y., Han, Weon S., and Park, E. “The impact of highly permeable layer on hydraulic system in a coastal aquifer.” Hydrological Processes 27.22 (2012): 3128-3138.
Han, Weon S., Kim, K -., Park, E, McPherson, B J., Lee, S -., and Park, M -. “Modeling of spatiotemporal thermal response on CO2 injection in saline formation: Interpretation for Monitoring.” Transport in Porous Media 93.3 (2012): 381-399.
Kim, K.-Y., Han, Weon S., Oh, J., Kim, T., and Kim, J.-C. “Characteristics of salt precipitation and the associated pressure build-up during CO2 storage in saline aquifers.” Transport in Porous Media 92.2 (2012): 397-418.
Chen, H., Ding, G., Han, Weon S., and Park, E. “Multispecies transport coupled to a first order reaction network in a double domain medium.” Water Resources Research 48.9 (2012) .
Park, E., Kim, K.-Y., Ding, G., Kim, K., Han, Weon S., Kim, Y., and Kim, N. “A delineation of regional hydraulic conductivity based on water table fluctuation.” Journal of Hydrology 399.34 (2011): 235-245.
Han, Weon S., Kim, K -., Esser, R P., Park, E, and McPherson, B. J. “Sensitivity study of simulation parameters controlling CO2 trapping in saline formation.” Transport in Porous Media 90.3 (2011): 807-829.
Han, Weon S., McPherson, B J., Lichtner, P C., and Wang, F P. “Evaluation of CO2 trapping mechanisms at the SACROC northern platform, Permian basin, Texas, site of 35 years of CO2 injection.” American Journal of Science 310. (2010): 282-324.
Han, Weon S., Stillman, G A., Lu, M, Lu, C, McPherson, B J., and Park, E. “Evaluation of potential non-isothermal effect and heat transport during CO2 sequestration.” Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 115.B07209 (2010) .
Han, Weon S., Lee, S -., Lu, C, and McPherson, B J. “Effect of permeability on CO2 trapping mechanisms and buoyancy-driven CO2 migration in saline formations.” Water Resources Research 46.W07510 (2010) .
Han, Weon S., and McPherson, B J. “Optimizing geologic CO2 sequestration by injection in deep saline formations below oil reservoirs.” Energy Conversion and Management 50.10 (2009): 2570-2582.
Lu, Chuan, Lee, S.-Y., Han, Weon S., McPherson, Brian J., and Lichtner, Peter C. “Comments on “Abrupt-interface solution for carbon dioxide injection into porous media” by M. Dentz and D. Tartakovsky.” Transport in Porous Media 79.1 (2009): 29-37.
Kim, K.-Y., Kim, T., Kim, J.-C., and Han, Weon S. “Numerical study on pressure variation due to subsurface CO2 injection.” Journal of Geologic Society of Korea, 45.5 (2009): 435-448.
Han, Weon S., and McPherson, B J. “On using numerical simulation to evaluate CO2 flow and transport in the subsurface: Uncertainty due to choice of Equations of State algorithms.” Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycleomputers & Geosciences Geophysical Monograph Series 183. American Geophysical Union. (2009): 261-278.
Lu, Chuan, Han, Weon S., Lee, S.-Y., McPherson, Brian J., and Lichtner, Peter C. “Effects of density and mutual solubility of a CO2-brine system on CO2 storage in geologic formations: “Warm” vs. “Cold” formations.” Advances in Water Resources 32.12 (2009): 1685-1702.
McPherson, Brian J., Han, Weon S., and Cole, B. S. “Two Equations-of-State assembled for basic analysis of multiphase CO2 flow in deep sedimentary basin conditions.” Computers & Geosciences 34.5 (2008): 427-444.
Han, Weon S., and McPherson, B. J. “Comparison of Two Different Equations of State for Application of Carbon Dioxide Sequestration.” Advances in Water Resources 31.6 (2008): 877-890.