Zhaoyang Ma

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Geomechanics, nanoindentation, enhanced geothermal system, underground hydrogen storage, Machine learning, Fluid Flow in Porous Media.

Selected Publications

Ma, Z., Pathegama Gamage, R. & Zhang, C. Application of nanoindentation technology in rocks: a review. Geomech. Geophys. Geo-energ. Geo-resour. 6, 60 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40948-020-00178-6

Ma, Z., Pathegama Gamage, R. & Zhang, C. Mechanical properties of α-quartz using nanoindentation tests and molecular dynamics simulations,

International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 147,104878, (2021), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2021.104878.

Ma, Z., Pathegama Gamage, R. & Zhang, C. Effects of temperature and grain size on the mechanical properties of polycrystalline quartz, 188, 110138 (2021),  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2020.110138.

Ma, Z., Ranjith, P. G.*, & Zhang, C. Uncovering the creep deformation mechanism of rock-forming minerals using nanoindentation, International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, 2, 283-294, (2022), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmst.2021.11.010.

Ma, Z., & Ranjith, P. G*. (2019). Review of application of molecular dynamics simulations in geological sequestration of carbon dioxide. Fuel, 255, 115644.

Ma, Z., Ranjith, P. G.*, Rathnaweera, T., & Kong, L. (2019). Review of application of molecular dynamic simulations in geological high-level radioactive waste disposal. Applied Clay Science, 168, 436-449.

Zhang, C. P., Cheng, P., Ma, Z.*, Ranjith, P. G., & Zhou, J. P. (2021). Comparison of fracturing unconventional gas reservoirs using CO2 and water: An experimental study. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 203, 108598, 10.1016/j.petrol.2021.108598, 2021, 08 (IF=4.346, Q1).

P Cheng, Zhang, C. P.*, Ma, Z.*, Zhou, J. P., Zhang D.C., Liu X.F., H Chen, Ranjith, P. G. (2022). Experimental study of micromechanical properties alterations of shale matrix treated by ScCO2-Water saturation using nanoindentation tests. Energy, 242, 122965, 10.1016/j.energy.2021.122965, 2022,03 (IF=7.147, Q1).

Zhang, C. P., Liu, S., Ma, Z.*, & Ranjith, P. G. (2021). Combined micro-proppant and supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) fracturing in shale gas reservoirs: A review. Fuel, 305, 121431, 10.1016/j.fuel.2021.121431, 2021,12 (IF=6.609, Q1).

Zhang, G., Ranjith, P. G., Li, Z., Gao, M., & Ma, Z.* (2021). Long-term effects of CO2-water-coal interactions on structural and mechanical changes of bituminous coal. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 207, 109093, 10.1016/j.petrol.2021.109093, 2021,12 (IF=4.346, Q1).


2011-2015, B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China

2015-2017, MA. in Mining Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China

2017-2021, PhD in Civil Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Australia 

Professional Profile

Exchange student | University of Wollongong | June 2014 – December 2014

Visiting researcher | Tsinghua University | Sep 2016 – July 2017

Scientific and Professional Membership

1. Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) membership

2. American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) student membership

3. Geothermal Rising membership

4. International Geothermal Association (IGA) membership

5. American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) membership


1. 1st prize for Third Mining Practice Designs Competition (National-level), CUMT, 2016

2. Bachelor with 1st class honours (8 students from School of Mining Engineering, CUMT), 2015

3. National Motivational Scholarship (2 students from School of Mining Engineering, CUMT), 2014

4. 2nd prize for China Robotics Competition & National RoboCup Open Tournament, CUMT, 2014 

5. First-class scholarship, CUMT, 2013 & 2012

KAUST Affiliations

Computational Transport Phenomena Laboratory

Research Interests Keywords

Flow and Transport in Porous Media Machine Learning Underground hydrogen storage enhanced geothermal system nanoindentation Geomechanics