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Academic interests

Geo-mechanical research on subjects related to geo-energy, fluid-rock interactions, storage conformance and (avoidance of) fluid flow, seismicity and fault friction


PhD in Experimental Rock Mechanics, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Thesis: Frictional and sealing behavior of simulated anhydrite fault gouges: effects of CO2 and implications for caprock integrity / Supervisor: Prof. Dr. C.J. Spiers

This laboratory-based project was funded by CATO2  (, the Dutch research program for CO2 capture, transport and storage. For successful CO2 storage maintaining seal integrity is crucial. Since faults are one of the major possible leakage pathways, I investigated how the sealing capacity of anhydrite-bearing faults is influenced by fault (re)activation and potential chemical interaction with CO2 under in-situ conditions

M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Specialization: Earth Materials/Structural Geology (incl. fieldwork), with additional courses in thermodynamics and mineralogy

Thesis: Failure data of anhydrite caprock and frictional behaviour of simulated anhydrite fault gouge



Tags: Fluid-Rock Interactions, Friction, CO2 storage, Geology, Flow


  • Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette; Kobchenko, Maya & Renard, Francois Marie Paul L (2017). How microfracture roughness can be used to distinguish between exhumed cracks and in-situ flow paths in shales. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  94, s 87- 97 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.11.005
  • Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette & Røyne, Anja (2017). Nanograin formation and reaction-induced fracturing due to decarbonation: Implications for the microstructures of fault mirrors. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  476, s 59- 68 . doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.001 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Bohloli, Bahman; Choi, Jung Chan; Skurtveit, Elin & Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette (2016). Geomechanical interpretation for micro-seismic potential at CO2 storage pilot on Svalbard, Norway, In Reşat Ulusay; Ömer Aydan; Hasan Gerçek; Ali Mehmet Hindistan & Ergün Tuncay (ed.),  Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering: From the Past to the Future.  CRC Press.  ISBN 978-1-138-03265-1.  x.  s 1309 - 1314 Show summary
  • Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette; Niemeijer, Andre R. & Spiers, C.J. (2016). Frictional properties of simulated anhydrite-dolomite fault gouge and implications for seismogenic potential. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  84, s 31- 46 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2015.11.008
  • Rohmer, Jeremy; Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette & Renard, Francois Marie Paul L (2016). Mechano-chemical interactions in sedimentary rocks in the context of CO2 storage: Weak acid, weak effects?. Earth-Science Reviews.  ISSN 0012-8252.  157, s 86- 110 . doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.03.009
  • Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette & Niemeijer, Andre R. (2015). Healing and sliding stability of simulated anhydrite fault gouge: Effects of water, temperature and CO2. Tectonophysics.  ISSN 0040-1951.  656, s 111- 130 . doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.06.012

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