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Periodic Table with Luke Frash and Yerkezahn Madenova

Aug 21, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
ProjectY Cowork
150 Central Park Square, Los Alamos
Luke Frash and Yerkezahn Madenova
Public Event

Event Description

Geothermal's next generation

For the August gathering of the Periodic Table, special guests Luke Frash and Yerkezhan Madenova dive into the next generation of geothermal energy and fracture caging, a method of controlling injection-induced seismicity. Explore today’s innovations that could shape tomorrow’s use of this abundant energy source.

The Periodic Table is the Bradbury Science Museum’s casual, ask-me-anything program held at ProjectY Cowork. Gather with other science enthusiasts and talk with special guest Labbies about their unique work. The Periodic Table is always free.

Read a recent article by Frash about geothermal resources.


About the speakers
Luke P. Frash is a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He researches geothermal energy, nuclear waste repositories, oil and gas production, carbon sequestration and underground hydrogen storage. His work includes more than 12 years of theory development, modeling, lab experiments and field studies with a focus on rock fracturing and fluid flow coupled processes. He is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines and University of Canterbury, as well as a private pilot. He is the lead developer of Geothermal Design Tool (GeoDT) and a pioneer for fracture caging to enable a new frontier in clean geothermal energy.

Yerkezhan Madenova graduated with BEng in civil engineering and MSc in mining engineering from Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She has been a research assistant on several projects related to rock mechanics, geological and geostatistical modelling. Currently, Madenova is a post-masters student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she works on fracture caging.