Kjetil Haukalid: Now philosophiae doctor in physics

CMR-scientist Kjetil Haukalid recently had his defense for the degree of philosphieae doctor (PhD) in physics at the University of Bergen (UiB). His thesis named "Formation of gas hydrates studied by means of broad-band permittivity measurements", was accepted by the evaluation committee.

02.05.2017 by Gunn Janne Myrseth

Kjetil Haukalid: Now philosophiae doctor in physics

CMR-scientist Kjetil Haukalid got his PhD in physics. (All Photos: Gunn Janne Myrseth, Head of Communication CMR)

Kjetil has beside his job at Christian Michelsen Research, worked hard to make new discoveries. His research on gas hydrates investigates the possibility of using dielectric spectroscopy to monitor gas hydrate formation related to flow assurance challenges at petroleum installations. Gas hydrates are stable at low temperatures and high pressures. They may therefore form in oil and gas production pipelines if water is present in the well stream.  If formed, gas hydrates may cause pipeline blockage. New measurement technology able to monitor such events, is of highly interest and Haukalid has shown that broad-band permittivity measurements can be a valuable supplement to existing measurement technology, especially in experimental setups where visual observations are excluded or limited.

These elements were followed up closely by the opponents Professor Jean Michel Herri (Ecole nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France) and Dr. scient. Ebbe Nyfors (Emerson Process Management AS, Norway). As a committee member was also Associate Professor Johan Alme (Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen).

Haukalid has been supervised by Ph.D. Kjetil Folgerø from CMR, Professor Tanja Barth (Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen) and Professor Lars Egil Helseth (Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen).

Father and Mother, Torstein Haukalid og Annbjørg Strøm Haukalid, following closely.

Opponent Professor Jean Michel Herri (Ecole nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France) and Kjetil.

CMR-friends Jan Kocbach, Astrid M. Skålvik and Camilla Sætre.

Kjetil Haukalid relaxed.