Speaker: Ahmad Marvi Mashhadi

Date: Thursday 30th of November 2023, 1:15pm.


At the present time, however, the geological storage of H2 remains very little studied despite of the specific behaviour of this gas. A key point in the development of such technology is to characterize and constrain the biological processes that could alter qualitatively and quantitatively the resource within the storage framework in porous reservoir rocks.  As first electron donor for life and crucial energy source for subsurface microbial processes, indeed, H2 allows the autotrophic growth of microorganisms under oligotrophic conditions (i.e. limited supply of carbon) in deep environments. In the presence of an available terminal electron acceptor such as nitrate (NO3-), ferric iron (Fe3+), sulfate (SO42-) or carbon dioxide (CO2), H2 is susceptible to be consumed by microorganisms to gain energy. To date, unravelling the contribution of H2-consuming microbes in the biogeochemical cycle of hydrogen is of high importance in a number of subsurface industries including H2 gas storage in the energy transition context. Particularly, bacterial activity is susceptible to produce methane (CH4) or hydrogen sulfide (H2S) to the detriment of H2. The main objective of this work will be to evaluate the kinetics of H2 consumption by bacterial model strains and multi-bacterial consortia under geological storage conditions in terms of temperature, pressure, salt concentration and electron acceptor availability. Batch and flow-through experiment will be designed to reproduce these storage conditions.