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PoreLab Center of Excellence

PoreLab Center of Excellence

PoreLab Center of Excellence

PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence created in 2017 and situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo (UiO).

We work to advance the understanding of flow in porous media. Starting from a sound basis in physics we aim for a better description of flows that range from geological to biological and technological.

Porous media are all around us. In the ground, water fills the pores of aquifers, oil is found in porous medium. Pollutants may follow rainwater into the ground which is a porous medium; where do the pollutants end up? When underground water rises during earthquakes, they may push the soil particles apart so that it looses it strength with the results that building topple. Less dramatically, but extremely importantly, the physics of porous media is at the core of fuel cell technology.


3D exhibitions

  • PoreLab Center of Excellence

    The Art of Porous Media

    Beauty can be found in the most ordinary of things. Some of the greatest scientists that ever lived endorse this viewpoint. Richard Feynman, in one of his many strokes of pure genius boldly spoke about the several layers of beauty that he - a curious observer of reality - could see in a flower. His “Ode to a Flower” is filled to the brim with the scientific and aesthetic joy. When scientists turn to art, they do not turn away from the study of reality. Albert Einstein himself once said “The greatest scientists are artists as well”. At PoreLab, the Porous Media Laboratory, we are lucky enough to work in a field in which one really does not need to look too much to find aesthetically pleasing images. Everything is beautiful if you look closely and carefully enough. Over the years we have come across a tremendous collection of striking visual patterns, stunning compositions of matter and motion brought to us by nature itself. It is our pleasure now to turn public a selection of some of our most beautiful moments, in a virtual gallery, accessible to everyone.

    latest works

    • Gaute Linga

      A streak in time
    • Successive fracture fronts
    • Marcel Moura

      The Emperor’s New Transparent Clothes
    • Le Xu

      Dispersion in Fractures with Ramified Patterns
    • Marcel Moura

      If Soil Was Transparent
    • Antoine DOP

      Colored invasion pattern 2
    • Antoine DOP

      Colored invasion pattern 1
    • Antoine DOP

      Growing granular instability
    • Fredrik Kvalheim Eriksen

      Air fractures compacting powder
    • Marcel Moura

      Any Colour You Like
    • Eirik Grude Flekkøy

      Sequence Double
    • Louison Thorens

      Magnetic particles sedimentation
    • Kristian Stølevik Olsen

      Confinement III
    • Kristian Stølevik Olsen

      Confinement II
    • Kristian Stølevik Olsen

      Confinement I
    • Kristian Stølevik Olsen

      Cluster Instability II
    • Kristian Stølevik Olsen

      Cluster Instability I
    • Joachim Falck Brodin

      Further inside
    • Joachim Falck Brodin

      Invasion pattern
    • Kristian Stølevik Olsen

      Labyrinth