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Jordi Girona 1-3
Rm 204, Building C2
Barcelona, E-08034, Spain

(+34) 93 401 7760

See Publications list, Google scholar or ResearcherID for a list of publications in indexed journals.

Selected publications (geo):

  • “Numerical Modelling of Multi-Phase Multi-Component Reactive Transport in the Earth’s interiors”, B. Oliveira, J. C. Afonso, S. Zlotnik and P. Díez. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 212, 345–388, 2017.

  • “An efficient and general approach for implementing thermodynamic phase-equilibria information in geophysical and geodynamic studies”, J.C. Afonso, S. Zlotnik and P. Díez, Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems, 2015, doi:10.1002/2015GC006031
  • “Magma fracturing and healing: a mechanism for rhyolite magma degassing and origin of obsidian”, A. Cabrera, R. Weinberg, H. Wrigth, S. Zlotnik, R. Cas. Geology, Vol. 39, p. 67-70, 2011.

  • “Subduction dynamics and the origin of Andean orogeny and Bolivian Orocline”, F. Capitanio, C. Faccena, S. Zlotnik and D. Stegman. Nature, Vol. 490, 83-86, 2011. doi:10.1038/nature10596

  • “The effects of compositional and rheological stratifications on small-scale convection under the oceans: implications for the thickness of the oceanic lithosphere and seafloor flattening”, J.C. Afonso, S. Zlotnik and M. Fernández, Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 35, L20308, doi:10.1029/2008GL035419, 2008

Selected publications (numerical):

  • “Proper Generalized Decomposition solution of the parameterized Helmholtz problem: application to inverse geophysical problems”, M. Signorini, S. Zlotnik and P. Díez. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, doi:10.1002/nme.5313, 2016

  • “Proper Generalized Decomposition of a geometrically parametrized heat problem with geophysical applications”, S. Zlotnik, P. Díez, D. Modesto, and A. Huerta, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol 103, Pages 737-758, doi:10.1002/nme.4909, 2015

  • “A stable XFEM formulation for multi-phase problems enforcing the accuracy of the fluxes through Lagrange multipliers”, P. Díez, Régis Cottereau and S. Zlotnik, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Volume 96, Issue 5, Pages 269-338, 2013, doi:10.1002/nme.4554

  • “Hierarchical X–FEM for n–phase flow (n > 2)”, S. Zlotnik and P. Díez, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 198, 2329–2338, 2009


2008 Ph.D. Geophysics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

  •  Dissertation Topic: “Numerical modelling of transient multiphase thermo–mechanical problems: Application to the oceanic lithosphere”
  •  Advisors: Manel Fernández, Pedro Díez and Jaume Vergés
  •  Awarded as best thesis of the Facultad de Geología, Universitat de Barcelona, 2008.
  •  Special mention by the Fundación J. García-Siñeriz for best PhD Thesis in Spain in Applied Geophysics, 2008-2009

2002 Licenciado Ciencias de la Computación (Computer Sciences), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  •  Final project: “Discrete Element Method applied to rock deformation processes”
  •  Advisors: Ernersto Cristallini and Pablo Jacovkis
  •  Degree accredited as equivalent to the corresponding Spanish degree “Ingeniero en Informática” by Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, 2004.
Research interests

My primary research interests lie in numerical methods and its application to solve geological problems, including plate tectonics, lithospheric and mantle dynamics and rock deformation. The multi-scale and multi-physics character of the Earth interior pose a challenge for current numerical tools and provide the perfect framework for the development and testing of numerical strategies.

Additional information

Current international projects

High-end Foreign Expert Programme, Tongji University School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Zhejiang University Ocean College, China. Chinese Ministry of Science.

Director of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Simulation in Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED).

Previous international projects

Director of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Computational Mechanics.