Chemicals are used during the life cycle of a well for various purposes. Surfactants are such chemicals which also have the capability to alter the properties of the reservoir rock as well as form foams that are capable of controlling mobility of in-situ fluids. We believe understanding the complex chemical processes and changes at the rock-fluid and fluid-fluid interfaces is essential in devising better chemical strategies for improving oil recovery. This wing of our research focus on tapping the potential of these chemicals to improve oil recovery from conventional and unconventional formations with the view of formulating cheaper and better performing stimulation techniques.
Current Research Topics:
- Wettability Alteration Using Surfactant Additives and Potential of Improving Oil Recovery during Injection of Completion Fluids (Johannes Alvarez, PhD. candidate, Crisman scholar)
- Use of Nanoparticles and Surfactants to Generate Foam for Mobility Control (Zuhair Al Yousef, PhD. candidate, Saudi Aramco scholar)
- Enhancing Foam Stability in Absence and Presence of Crude Oil to Enhance Oil Recovery (Mohammed Almobarky, King Saud University scholar)
- Investigation of the Potential of Salts and Surfactants in Improving Oil Recovery From Unconventional Liquid Reservoirs (Manoj Valluri, M.S. candidate, ConocoPhillips scholar)