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Without research today we won’t have a secure and sustainable flow of energy tomorrow.

Research profile

Vianney Koelman is professor at the Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and founding director of the Center for Computational Energy Research (CCER). The CCER is a collaboration between TU/e and DIFFER, the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research.  

Koelman joined the Applied Physics Department of TU/e following an impressive career in corporate R&D. He worked for Royal Dutch Shell for most of his working life in various international assignments (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Americas, Asia). He has been Chief Petrophysicist for Shell on two different continents and Vice President Computational R&D with a global responsibility for computational research. Before founding CCER, he founded Shell’s computational research center in Bangalore, India 

His position as scientific director of the CCER allows Koelman to direct his passion for innovation in computer simulations towards his concerns for long-term energy security for mankind. His focus is to develop CCER into a successful and internationally competitive player in computational energy innovation.  

Academic background

Vianney Koelman obtained his PhD in 1988 from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), on a project funded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter. From 1989 to 1996, he worked as researcher for Royal Shell, before taking a position as Head Petrophysics Marmul for Petroleum Development Oman until 2001. In 2001, Koelman returned to Shell. First as team leader, then as Chief Petrophysicist of Europe and later of Africa. In 2012, Koelman became General Manager Computational R&D in Bangalore, later taking a position as Vice President Computational R&D there. During that time, he was also an adviser to Shell’s CTO as Chief Scientist. After a total of 27 years at Shell, Koelman returned to TU/e as Full Professor in the Applied Physics department and as Scientific Director for the newly-founded Center for Computational Energy Research. 

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Porous materials Chemical Compounds
Upscaling Mathematics
Group Theory Mathematics
Fast Fourier transforms Chemical Compounds
Renormalization Group Mathematics
Porous Media Mathematics
Rocks Chemical Compounds
Permeability Mathematics

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Research Output 1983 2019

Bits, bytes en batterijen

Koelman, J. M. V. A., 8 Feb 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechAcademic

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

An ising-based simulator for capillary action in porous media

Nair, N. & Koelman, J. M. V. A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Transport in Porous Media. 124, 2, p. 413–437

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Porous materials
2 Citations (Scopus)

Permeability from 3D Porous media images: a fast two-step approach

Agarwal, U., Alpak, F. O. & Koelman, J. M. V. A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Transport in Porous Media. 124, 3, p. 1017-1033 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Fast Fourier transforms
Porous materials
Relaxation time
Computerized tomography
4 Citations (Scopus)
36 Downloads (Pure)

Renormalization group theory outperforms other approaches in statistical comparison between upscaling techniques for porous media

Hanasoge, S., Agarwal, U., Tandon, K. & Koelman, J. M. V. A., 25 Sep 2017, In : Physical Review E. 96, 3, p. 1-10 033313.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
group theory
Group Theory
Renormalization Group
Porous Media
602 Citations (Scopus)

Dynamic simulations of hard-sphere suspensions under steady shear

Koelman, J. M. V. A. & Hoogerbrugge, P. J., 1993, In : Europhysics Letters. 21, 3, p. 363-368 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterAcademicpeer-review



Machine learning for physicists

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Student theses

De stabiliteit van de cryogene H-maser

Author: Luiten, O., 31 May 1987

Supervisor: Verhaar, B. (Supervisor 1) & Koelman, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Spingolven in atomair waterstof gas

Author: Koelman, J., 31 Aug 1985

Supervisor: de Goey, L. (Supervisor 1) & Verhaar, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master