Welcome to GeoEnergy LAboratory (GELA) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advance
d Institue of Science and Technology (KAIST). How can we use our scientific understanding of earth materials to bring solutions to the energy- and sustainability-related problems that humanity has faced? This is a question that intrigues our interest. We study the physics and mechanics of particulate materials and porous media. We apply our theoretical, computational, and experimental research to bring solutions to geo-related energy and sustainability problems, such as methane hydrate, geologic carbon storage, energy resource recovery, and microbial activities in geo-materials.


  • Yong-Jun Shon joined GELA in September, 2017.
  • Shin-Gyu Choi was awarded Best Oral Presenter Award at 2016 International Conference on Landslide and Debris Flow Disaster in November, 2016 
  • Hyun-woo Joo and Seung-Hun Baek joined GELA in February, 2016 
  • Gyeol-Han and Min-Kyung Jeon joined GELA in August, 2015.
  • Tae-Hyung Park joined GELA in March, 2015.
  • Gyeong-Yeong Kim and Yong-Min Kim joined GELA in February, 2015. 
  • Soo-Min Ham joined GELA in March, 2014.
  • Shin-Gyu Choi and Gi-Jun Lee joined GELA in January, 2014.
  • So-Jung Lee joined GELA in August 26th, 2013.
  • Dong-Hwa Noh joined GELA in August 1st, 2013. 
  • Lab website has opened in July 16th, 2013.