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Pioneer in Storage Research Named as Inaugural Winner of the John Tyndall Award

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Curtin University researcher, Associate Professor Roman Pevzner has won the CO2CRC 2017 John Tyndall Award for Excellence in CCS Research.

Professor Pevzner, science leader of the Otway Stage 2C project, received the award for pushing the boundaries of CO2 monitoring, by detecting less than 5,000 tonnes.

Professor Pevzner further conceptualised and trialled a solution to greatly improve signal to noise ratio which led to the successful buried seismic receiver array at the Otway, and he led CO2CRC’s technical collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to incorporate fibre (iDAS) and trial permanent orbital vibrators at the site.

Dr Max Watson, CO2CRC Storage Program Manager said of Roman, “The past, present and future results in the Otway would not have been possible without him. He is the backbone for all CCS geophysics undertaken in Australia”.

On receiving the award Professor Pevzner said, “I am humbled and delighted to have been chosen. I am now looking forward to working with the team on the Stage 3 program”.

 The John Tyndall award was presented at a celebratory dinner on the 31st of October.

The award is named in honour of John Tyndall, an extraordinary polymath whose ambitions spanned physics, mathematics and geology and many more. It was Tyndall who first explored the ability of gases to absorb heat radiation, including speculating that fluctuations in water vapour and carbon dioxide could be related to climate change.