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Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1250

Dr. Saad F. Alafnan

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering Department

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

  • Clement Afagwu, Saad Al-Afnan, Shirish Patil, Jaber Aljaberi, Mohamed A. Mahmoud, Jun Li, The impact of pore structure and adsorption behavior on kerogen tortuosity, Fuel, Volume 303, 2021, 121261, ISSN 0016-2361, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2021.121261.
  • Aljaberi, Jaber , Alafnan, Saad , Glatz, Guenther , Sultan, Abdullah S., and Clement Afagwu. “The Impact of Kerogen Tortuosity on Shale Permeability.” SPE J. (2020;): doi: https://doi.org/10.2118/204469-PA
  • Saad Alafnan, Abeeb Awotunde, Guenther Glatz, Stephen Adjei, Ibrahim Alrumaih, Ahmed Gowida, Langmuir adsorption isotherm in unconventional resources: Applicability and limitations, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 207, 2021, 109172, ISSN 0920-4105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.109172.
  • Clement Afagwu, Saad Alafnan, Mohamed A. Mahmoud, Shirish Patil, Permeability model for shale and ultra-tight gas formations: Critical insights into the impact of dynamic adsorption, Energy Reports, Volume 7, 2021, Pages 3302-3316, ISSN 2352-4847, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egyr.2021.05.060.
  • Murtada Saleh Aljawad, Hamzah Aboluhom, Mateus Palharini Schwalbert, Adnan Al-Mubarak, Saad Alafnan, Mohamed Mahmoud, Temperature impact on linear and radial wormhole propagation in limestone, dolomite, and mixed mineralogy, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Volume 93, 2021, 104031, ISSN 1875-5100, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2021.104031.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Mohammad H. Alqam, Sidqi A. Abu-Khamsin, Abdullah S. Sultan, Saad F. Al-Afnan, Nadrah A. Alawani, An investigation of factors influencing carbonate rock wettability, Energy Reports, Volume 7, 2021,Pages 1125-1132, ISSN 2352-4847, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egyr.2021.01.091.
  • Alafnan, Saad & Yusuf, Falola & Mansour, Osamah & Alsamadony, Khalid & Awotunde, Abeeb & Aljawad, Murtada. (2020). Enhanced Recovery From Organic-Rich Shales through Carbon Dioxide Injection: Molecular-Level Investigation. Energy & Fuels. 34. 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c03126.
  • Mohammed, I., Olayiwola, T.O., Alkathim, M., Abeeb A. Awotunde, Saad F. Alafnan,  A review of pressure transient analysis in reservoirs with natural fractures, vugs and/or caves. Pet. Sci. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12182-020-00505-2
  • Clement Afagwu, Isah Abubakar, Shams Kalam, Saad F. Al-Afnan, Abeeb A. Awotunde, Pressure-transient analysis in shale gas reservoirs: A review, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Volume 78, 2020, 103319, ISSN 1875-5100, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103319.
  • Alafnan, S.; Solling, T.; Mahmoud, M. Effect of Kerogen Thermal Maturity on Methane Adsorption Capacity: A Molecular Modeling Approach. Molecules 2020, 25, 3764.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046522.
  • Alafnan, Saad & Aljawad, Murtada & Alismail, Fahad & Almajed, Abdulaziz. (2019). Enhanced Recovery from Gas Condensate Reservoir through Renewable Energy Sources. Energy Fuels. 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b01761.
  • K. Alafnan, Saad & Akkutlu, I. Yucel. (2017). Matrix–Fracture Interactions During Flow in Organic Nanoporous Materials Under Loading. Transport in Porous Media. 121. 10.1007/s11242-017-0948-3.
  • Kou, Rui & F. K. Alafnan, Saad & Akkutlu, I. Yucel. (2016). Multi-scale Analysis of Gas Transport Mechanisms in Kerogen. Transport in Porous Media. 116. 10.1007/s11242-016-0787-7.


  • 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.