Mineral dissolution and growth
Chlorite from hydrothermal laboratory experiments (left) and as grain-coatings in the pore space of reservoir sand.
Our research is on mineral dissolution and growth where we aim to identify mechanisms and factors that control the reaction rates. We use theoretical considerations and numerical simulations to predict mineral reactions and reaction rates, and compare this to observations obtained from laboratory experiments and from natural systems. Mineral growth and dissolution experiments are continuously being run at our reaction laboratory, which consists of four titanium stirred flow-through Parr© reactors, two titanium tubular reactors, and several setups for low-temperature experiments. We have a large database of natural reactions from Norwegian petroleum systems, from ophiolites, and from other natural systems.