Visualisation - Pore to Reservoir


Our research combines detailed sedimentological analysis of potential source rocks intervals with detailed geochemistry and an assessment of the abundance, type and distribution of organic matter. We use data generated at outcrop, core and thin section scales integrated with typical analyses including bulk rock and stable isotope chemistry. The research team has specific expertise in Late Palaeozoic sedimentology. Interdisciplinary studies combine sedimentology and petrophysics for stratigraphic and resource (conventional and unconventional) analyses.

Geophysical data integration

Our research focuses on the physical properties of the Earth using a range of seismic and electromagnetic techniques. This includes combining different types of geophysical data through joint inversion to improve our understanding of the subsurface of the Earth. We have recently developed a joint inversion framework for hydrocarbon exploration purposes. Our expertise includes inverse methods and modelling, potential fields, regional seismology and interpretation and we have ongoing collaborations in the hydrocarbons and environmental sectors. In addition our research includes laboratory rock physics and integrating data at core, downhole measurements and seismic scales.


Our research is focused on geologically-based investigations of rock properties and their interaction with fluids. Our current and published research builds on interdisciplinary petrophysics-sedimentology studies and is industry and Government funded. Recent studies include petrophysical models for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including shale gas, as well as integrating petrophysical data across a range of scale from pore to reservoir.


Our research focuses on mathematical, computational and statistical modelling of geological structures and processes. We have worked with academic and industrial geologists to develop analyses and algorithms for better understanding of flow processes in reservoir measurement, permeability of rock and visualisation of geological structures.

Geospatial Technologies


The University of Leicester is a global leader in the novel deployment of satellite-enabled GIS and remote sensing. We are engaged in research using the new generation of European satellites to provide analyses of potential shale gas exploitation impacts on water quality in the aquifer, and hydrocarbon pollution impacts on vegetation and soils. In addition we are examining microseismic events that may be triggered by the hydraulic fracturing process and greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere caused by the process.

Remote Sensing

We are researching the use of hyperspectral remote sensing for detecting evidence of hydrocarbons in the Earth’s surface. This reseach may contribute to oil/gas exploration projects, environmental monitoring and gasses detection in shale gas extraction sites.

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