Interview with Young Talents

Kasper Høj Blinkenberg
B.Sc. in geology-geosciences

Write shortly about your background
I come from a background in geology, with a particular interest in carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis. I obtained a B.Sc. degree in geology-geosciences from the University of Copenhagen in 2014. Early on during my studies, I found a firm interest to study carbonate sedimentology, which later developed into studying reservoir geology, with a particular interest in Upper Palaeozoic carbonate deposits and chalk. Through my studies I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of field seasons in Svalbard supplemented by core and microscopic work on a number of carbonate deposits. Currently I am enrolled as a Ph.D. student at University of Copenhagen in the integrated Ph.D. programme (covering both M.Sc. and Ph.D. work).

Present your project
My project, improved understanding of the role of silica for porosity and permeability, attempts to delineate how silica, at different scales from well-, core-, outcrop-, micro- to nano-scale, influences reservoir properties. The overall objective of this project is to develop an integrated model on silica diagenesis with the application of enhancing the understanding Danian reservoir units.

What do you expect the major challenges in your area of study will be?
In order to develop an integrated model on silica diagenesis in chalk, a key issue will be to understand how silica influences reservoir properties at different scales. In addition, I believe other challenges will be to develop a fully functioning workflow for our industry collaborators and integrate results from this study, into ongoing and future projects within the DHRTC portfolio.

How do you plan to contribute in solving these problems?
By identifying key-issues at different scales within the chalk system and applying state-of-the-art methods to delineate the influence of silica on reservoir properties, it will be possible to deliver a comprehensive model on silica diagenesis in chalk. Supplementing this, with a continuous dialogue with our industry and academic partners, I strongly believe that it will be possible to establish a functioning industry workflow and contribute results from this project into current and future research areas.

What are your expectations for your future career?
Currently, I am enjoying my time as a Ph.D. student and I wish to disseminate my research through conferences, teaching and public outreach. A possible future career could be to work in the bridge between industry and academia, applying new knowledge to understand and solve future geological problems.