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Shimin Liu

Shimin Liu

Office Address: 
224 Hosler Building
Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering

  • Reservoir assessment of unconventional gas resources
  • Reservoir stress evolution with depletion
  • Gas drainage from coal mine
  • Geological carbon sequestration
  • Porous rock imaging (neutron scattering, micro-CT, TEM, SEM)
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Science, 2012 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, USA
  • M.S. in Mineral Processing Engineering, 2007 China University of Mining & Technology at Beijing, China
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering, 2005 China University of Mining & Technology at Beijing, China
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering


Dr. Shimin Liu is an Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University. He specializes in geomechanics and fluid dynamics and their applications in unconventional resources development, underground mining, carbon sequestration and natural hazard prevention. His current research interests include reservoir assessment of coal and shale resources; geomechanics modeling with continuous gas depletion; ground control for mines; coal mine gas control and management; carbon sequestration in deep rocks; nanoscale rock imaging. 

Lab Facilities:

Liu’s Unconventional Geomechanics Lab (UGL) is the host of various funded research projects related to rock/geomechanics, fluid transport in porous media, fluid-rock interactions, mine ventilation and ground control. UGL can conduct the top-notch multiscale rock characterization under best replicated in situ pressure and temperature conditions, including pressure-dependent permeability, sorption induced rock swelling, gas sorption and diffusion in stressed rocks, stress-path monitoring, single core envelope measurement etc. The UGL also provide services to various industrial stakeholders including coalbed methane companies, shale gas companies, mining and tunneling companies.  To learn more about the lab facility, please refer to the “Lab Facility Prospectus”.

View the Lab Facility Prospectus.


Please view the CV listed to the left for information on publications.

  • The 2017 Freeport-McMoRan Career Development Grant from Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
  • Best Keynote Award, 3rd International Symposium on Unconventional Geomechanics, Wuhan, China, 2016
  • Kreutzberger Early Career Assistant Professor, Penn State University 2016
  • Gladys Snyder Grant Award, Penn State University, 2015
  • Excellent Reviewer Awards
    Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 2013, 2017
    Fuel Journal, 2016, 2017
    Heliyon, 2017
  • Beam Time Award, DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), 2014, 2015
  • Wilson Research Initiation Award, Penn State University, 2013
  • Doctoral Fellowship, SIU (Fall 2010, Spring and Summer 2011)