Laura Dalton

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Laura Dalton Profile Photo
Laura Dalton Profile Photo

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


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


  • B.A. West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2012
  • B.S. West Virginia University, 2015
  • M.Sc.Eng. West Virginia University, 2016
  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2022


  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Courses Taught

  • CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids