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Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1250

Dr. Saad F. Alafnan

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University – 2014-2017.
  • M.S. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Southern California – 2012-2014
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – 2007-2011

Research Interests

  • Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Mesoporous and Nanoporous Materials
  • Multiscale Transport in Porous Media
  • Enhanced Recovery From Shales

Selected Publications

  • K. Alafnan, Saad & Akkutlu, I. Yucel. (2017). Matrix–Fracture Interactions During Flow in Organic Nanoporous Materials Under Loading. Transport in Porous Media.
  • Kou, Rui & F. K. Alafnan, Saad & Akkutlu, I. Yucel. (2016). Multi-scale Analysis of Gas Transport Mechanisms in Kerogen. Transport in Porous Media.
  • Alafnan, Saad & Aljawad, Murtada & Alismail, Fahad & Almajed, Abdulaziz. (2019). Enhanced Recovery from Gas Condensate Reservoir through Renewable Energy Sources. Energy Fuels.
  • Aljaberi, J.; Alafnan, S.; Glatz, G.; Sultan, A.; Afagwu, C. The Impact of Kerogen Tortuosity on Shale Permeability. SPE Journal 2020.
  • Alafnan, S.; Solling, T.; Mahmoud, M. Effect of Kerogen Thermal Maturity on Methane Adsorption Capacity: A Molecular Modeling Approach. Molecules 2020, 25, 3764.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Alafnan, S., and Yucel Akkutlu, I. (April 8, 2020). “The Transport Mechanisms and Dynamics of Shale via Multiscale Multiphysics Pore Network Modeling.” ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. September 2020; 142(9): 093003.
  • Alafnan, Saad & Sultan, Abdullah & Aljaberi, Jaber. (2020). Molecular Fractionation in the Organic Materials of Source Rocks. ACS Omega.
  • Alafnan, S., & Akkutlu, Y. (2020). Transport in Nanoporous Materials. In 948916750 740229742 K. D. Sattler (Author), 21st century nanoscience a handbook (Vol. 5, pp. 12-1-12-6). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.