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Dr Jerome Neufeld


Subject: Natural Sciences

My research couples thermodynamics and fluid dynamics in multiphase systems within geophysical settings using analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. Current research is focused on the areas of multiphase flows in porous media including carbon sequestration, solidification and melting in magmatic systems and the cryosphere, on elastically dominated fluid flows in tectonic and cryospheric settings, and on the generation of magnetic fields in early solar system planitesimals.
Director of Studies in Physics
Reader in Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics position jointly held between the BP Institute, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Dr Jerome Neufeld is a Reader in Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics jointly appointed to the BP Institute, the Department of Earth Sciences and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.  The research in his group focuses on using mathematical models and laboratory experiments to understand the fluid dynamical behaviour of the Earth and other planetary bodies.  Current research interests include the consequences of subglacial hydrology on supraglacial lake drainage and the tidal modulation of ice streams, the solidification of magma oceans and the early generation of magnetic fields on planetary bodies, the erosive dynamics of idealised river systems, the emplacement and solidification of magmatic flows, viscous tectonic mountain building, and the general fluid dynamics of geological carbon storage.  Dr Neufeld has a PhD in geophysics from Yale University and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (physics) from the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow in physics at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

J.A. Neufeld, J.F.J. Bryson, F. Nimmo (2019) The top-down solidification of iron asteroids driving dynamo evolution. J. Geophys. Res. 124, doi: 10.1029/2018JE005900.

D.R. Hewitt, G.P. Chini, J.A. Neufeld (2018) The influence of a poroelastic till on rapid sub- glacial flooding and cavity formation. J. Fluid Mech. 855, 1170-1207.

L.R. Cowton, J.A. Neufeld, N.J. White, M.J. Bickle, G.A. Williams, J.C. White, R.A. Chadwick (2018) Benchmarking of vertically-integrated CO2 flow simulations at the Sleipner Field, North Sea Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 491, 121–133.

Francois Frenkiel Award, with T. Ball for best paper in Phys. Rev. Fluids (authors under 40)