Ongoing projects


ENIGMA: European training Network for in situ imaGing of dynaMic processes in heterogeneous subsurfAce environments


The ENIGMA ITN ( European training Network for in situ imaGing of dynaMic processes in heterogeneous subsurfAce environments) aims at training a new generation of young researchers in the development of innovative methods for imaging process dynamics in subsurface hydrosystems, in order to enhance understanding and predictive modelling capacities and to transfer these innovations to the economic sector.

The 15 young future PhD students will contribute to develop the spatial representation of subsurface heterogeneity, fluxes, chemical reactions and microbial activity, through the integration of data and approaches from geophysics, hydrology, soil physics, and biochemistry.
The network ENIGMA gather 21 partners (15 academic and 6 industrial) from 8 European countries.
Each of the 15 future PhD students will conduct the research work in 2 or 3 institutions, in collaboration with the industrial partners.

Established in January 2017, the Enigma ITN will run until December 2020.

MINERVE : MINeralizatoin-rEnewable EneRgies-matter and energy ValuE-creation

Project MINERVE is a large scale R&D project partly financed by the Walloon Region (Belgium), it aims to shorten the waste’s lifecycle and upgrade the buried waste to alternative fuel solutions and energy. The project is based on a 3 axis model: characterization, mineralization and landfill mining. Shanks is leading a consortium of 2 multinational companies, 4 departments from 2 major universities, 1 research center and 1 SME through the different stages of the project.

GEOTHERWAL: Optimizing closed-loops geothermal systems

The project focuses on geothermal installations of low energy running through holes at 100 to 200 m depth and consists in optimizing the geometry of the vertical borehole heat exchangers in a closed system, studying the impact of the grout and studying the longer term impact of such systems in our environment.

4D subsurface Thermography

The overall goal of this project is to develop the method of electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) to monitor spatially and temporally (4D) the variations of temperature in the subsurface (thermography) for the design and monitoring of groundwater resources, heat tracing experiments and low-enthalpy geothermal systems.

Ongoing PhDs


T. Pilawski: Study of spectral induced polarization measurements in media containing organic matter and subjected to biodegradation

M. Evrard: Geophysical study of the Pb-Zn ore bodies in the Verviers Synclinorium

S. Ehosioke: Low-frequency electrical properties of roots for root water uptake imaging

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