Einat Aharonov

Einat  Aharonov
Professor
Room 311 South
972-2-65-84670
Research Interests
 
In my group, we study coupled physical and chemical processes that control deformation and evolution of rocks. Most of our research focuses on how relatively small-scale processes (on the pore, grain, or asperity scale) control large-scale geological phenomena such as soil liquefaction, the dynamics of landslides and earthquakes, the process of rock compaction/dissolution, or the physics of friction. My group also studies larger scale coupled deformation, such as coupled brittle - ductile deformation, the creation of pockmarks on the ocean floor, salt tectonics and the physics of subduction initiation. I work on the boundary between physics and geology, using mainly theoretical and numerical tools. However, our work is always constrained by observations: to understand the physics of a system of interest, I collaborate also with field geologists and experimentalists who provide an empirical foundation to the theoretical work.
 
In addition, recently I became interested in Energy issues, especially in oil & gas formation and extraction, and their environmental and climatic impact. I formed and headed the Petroleum Geology MSc direction at the Hebrew University.  
 
Ongoing projects:
  • The physics of friction – can we predict friction, and dependence on velocity, temperature and pressure, from basic thermodynamic parameters?
  • Understanding how salt tectonics causes faulting of overlying sediments.
  • The physics of soil liquefaction during earthquakes.
  • Earthquake triggering by fluids. 
  • Reactive flow in rocks and formation of hyopgenic karsts.
 
Past PhD Students and postdocs:
  • Dr Zvi Kul Karcz. VP for Exploration and Chief Geologist at Delek Drilling Company.
  • Prof Liran Goren, Associate Prof at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.  
  • Dr Stanislav Parez, Researcher at the Inst of Chemical Process Fundamentals, The Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr Regina Katsman, Scientist at the Dept of Marine Geosciences, Univ of Haifa.
  • Dr Shalev Siman-Tov, Researcher at the Geological Hazards Division, Geological survey of Israel
  • Dr. Nataliia Makedonska, Scientist at Computational Earth Science Group, Los Alamos National labs, USA.
  • Dr Anner Paldor, postdoc at the Univ. of Delaware, Dept. of Earth Sciences.
  • Dr Leehee Laronne Ben-Itzhak
 
 
Past MSc students: Inbar Vaknin, Einav Reuven, Hanna Rubin, Itzhak Hamdani, Maor Kaduri. Boriana Kalderon‐Asael, Yonatan Elfassi.
 
 
Present postdocs: Dr Maor Kaduri.
 
 
Present PhD students: Shahar Ben Zeev, Roi Roded, Pritom Sarma, Jimmy Moneron (main advisor Prof Z Gvirtzman).