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Laura Elizabeth Dalton


Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Dalton joined Duke University in August 2022 after obtaining her PhD from North Carolina State University, MS and BS from West Virginia University. Dr. Dalton is an experimentalist and her research interests include studying and understanding reactive, multiphase transport in porous media. She is particularly interested in understanding and manipulating chemical and physical processes that occur during reactive, multiphase transport in both engineered (cementitious) and natural (geological) porous materials. To this end, she uses quantitative imaging approaches such as X-ray computed tomography (CT), neutron tomography, and electrical imaging modalities including electrical capacitance tomography (ECT). She is interested in using hybrid and simultaneous imaging modalities because complementary and temporal information can be obtained using these approaches to better understand complex processes such as developing innovative methods to sequester CO2. 

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 165 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5421
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  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2022

Research Interests

4D Imaging; Carbon sequestration in porous materials; sustainable material development; structural integrity of carbon capture and storage wells; reactive transport in porous materials

Courses Taught

  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Dalton, LE; LaManna, JM; Jones, S; Pour-Ghaz, M, Does ITZ Influence Moisture Transport in Concrete?, Transport in Porous Media, vol 144 no. 3 (2022), pp. 623-639 [10.1007/s11242-022-01826-z] [abs].
  • Wang, H; Dalton, L; Fan, M; Guo, R; McClure, J; Crandall, D; Chen, C, Deep-learning-based workflow for boundary and small target segmentation in digital rock images using UNet++ and IK-EBM, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol 215 (2022) [10.1016/j.petrol.2022.110596] [abs].
  • Guo, R; Dalton, L; Crandall, D; McClure, J; Wang, H; Li, Z; Chen, C, Role of heterogeneous surface wettability on dynamic immiscible displacement, capillary pressure, and relative permeability in a CO2-water-rock system, Advances in Water Resources, vol 165 (2022) [10.1016/j.advwatres.2022.104226] [abs].
  • Dalton, LE; Crandall, D; Pour-Ghaz, M, Supercritical, liquid, and gas CO2 reactive transport and carbonate formation in portland cement mortar, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, vol 116 (2022) [10.1016/j.ijggc.2022.103632] [abs].
  • Guo, R; Dalton, LE; Fan, M; McClure, J; Zeng, L; Crandall, D; Chen, C, The role of the spatial heterogeneity and correlation length of surface wettability on two-phase flow in a CO2-water-rock system, Advances in Water Resources, vol 146 (2020) [10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103763] [abs].