Seunghee Kim.

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

204D Peter Kiewit Institute
200E 1110 South 67th St
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-3547
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2012
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 2005
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, 2003

Research Interests
  • Carbon Utilization & Storage, Geologic Sequestration of Nuclear Wastes
  • Energy Geo-Storage, Underground Utilization, and Sustainability
  • Coupling: Fluid Flow in Porous Media + Poromechanics + Heat Transport + Geochemistry
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Demo: Micro-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage

  • Barry, K.F., Biagini, M.S.G., Santamarina, J.C., Wall, J.J., Le Pape, Y.M.R., Lindberg, J.T., Cha, M. Dai, S., and Kim, S., Void Detection System, US 2013/0192375 A1, Georgia Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards
  • UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Engineering, University of Nebraska (2021)
  • ARMA (The American Rock Mechanics Association) Future Leaders, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2019)
  • Author Achievement Award, Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, TX, USA (2014)
  • Best Paper Award, COMSOL Conference 2013, Boston, MA, USA (2013)
  • KKCNN Adachi Award, 17th KKCNN Symposium on Civil Engineering, Ayutthaya, Thailand (2004)
  • Korean Government Full Scholarship, KAIST (2003-2004)

Selected Publications
  • Kim, S., Hosseini Zadeh, A., Nole, M., Daigle, H., Huh, C., and Kim, I. (2022). "Spontaneous generation of stable CO2 emulsions via the dissociation of nanoparticle-aided CO2 hydrate." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 208, 109203.
  • Zhang, J., Zhang, H., Lee, D., Ryu, S., and Kim, S. (2021). "Study on the effect of pore-scale heterogeneity and flow rate during repetitive two-phase fluid flow in microfluidic porous media." Petroleum Geoscience, 27, petgeo2020-062.
  • Zhang, J., Hosseini Zadeh, A., and Kim, S. (2021). "Geomechanical and energy analysis on the small- and medium-scale CAES in salt domes." Energy, 221, 119861. DOI: org/10.1016/
  • Kim, S., Kim, S., Zhang, J., Druszkowski, E., and Sweidan, A. (2021). "Experiment and numerical studies on thermally-induced slip ratcheting on a slope." Infrastructures, 6, 5. DOI: 10.3390/infrastructures6010005.
  • Hosseini Zadeh, A., Mamirov, M., Kim, S., and Hu, J. (2021). "CO2 -treatment of recycled concrete aggregates for improving mechanical and environmental properties." Construction and Building Materials, 275, 122180. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.122180.
  • Hosseini Zadeh, A., Kim, I., and Kim, S. (2021). "Characteristics of formation and dissociation of CO2 hydrates at different CO2-water ratios in a bulk condition." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 196, 108027. DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2020.108027.
  • Jeon, M.-K., Kim, S., Hosseini Zadeh, A., and Kwon, T.-H. (2020). "Study on the viscous fluid flow in disordered-deformable porous media using hydro-mechanically coupled pore-network modeling." Transport in Porous Media, 133(2), 207-227.
  • Pulatsu, B., Kim, S., Erdogmus, E., and Lourenço, P.B. (2020). "Advanced numerical analysis of masonry retaining walls using mixed discrete-continuum approach." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering (ICE), 173(1). DOI: 10.1680/jgeen.19.00225.
  • Ko, J., Kim, S., Kim, S., and Seo, H. (2020). "Utilizing Building Foundations as Micro-Scale Compressed Air Energy Vessel: Numerical Study for Mechanical Feasibility." Journal of Energy Storage, 28, 101225. DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2020.101225.
  • Zhang, J., Zhang, H., Lee, D., Ryu, S., and Kim, S. (2020). "Microfluidic study on the two-phase fluid flow in porous media during repetitive drainage-imbibition cycles and implications to the CAES operation." Transport in Porous Media, 131(2), 449-472.
  • Kim, I., Caroline, B., and Kim, S. (2019). "Feasibility study: Electromagnetic heating of soils using magnetic nanoparticle-coated geotextiles." Géotechnique Letters, 10(2), DOI: 10.1680/jgele.19.00098.
  • Park, Y.-C., Kim, S., Lee, J. H., and Shinn, Y. J. (2019). "Effect of reducing irreducible water saturation in a near-well region on CO2 injectivity and storage capacity." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 86, 134-145.
  • Bachus, R.C., Terzariol, M., Pasten, C., Chong, S.H., Dai, S., Cha, M.S., Kim, S., Jang, J., Papadopoulos, E., Roshankhah, S., Lei, L., Garcia, A., Park, J., Sivaram, A., Santamarina, F., Ren, X. and Santamarina, J.C. (2019). "Fly Ash Properties and Characterization: A Southeastern USA Study." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 145(3), 04019003.
  • Kim, S., Espinoza, D.N., Jung, J., Cha, M., and Santamarina, J.C. (2019). "Ch. 17: Carbon Geological Storage: Coupled Processes, Engineering and Monitoring" Science of Carbon Storage in Deep Saline Formations: Process Coupling Across Time and Spatial Scales, Edited by Newell, P. and Ilgen, A., Elsevier, pp. 287-304. DOI:
  • Park, T., Joo, H.-W., Kim, G.-Y., Kim, S., Yoon, S., and Kwon, T.-H. (2017). "Biosurfactant as an enhancer of geologic carbon storage: Microbial modification of interfacial tension and contact angle in carbon dioxide/water/quartz systems." Frontiers in Microbiology, 8:1285.
  • Kim, S., Ko, J., Kim, S., Seo, H. and Tummalapudi, M. "Investigation of small-scale CAES (compressed air energy storage) pile as a foundation system." Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, 103-112.
  • Kim, S. and Hosseini, S.A. (2016). "Study on the ratio of stress-pore pressure changes during fluid injection and its implications for CO2 geologic storage." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 149, 138-150.
  • Kim, S. and Santamarina, J.C. (2016). "Geometry-coupled reactive fluid transport at the fracture scale: application to CO2 geologic storage" Geofluids, 16, 329-341.