CPG

Dr. Theis Ivan Solling

Tel: +966 (013) 860 3251
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: PEGTC, Rm. 1020

Dr. Theis Ivan Solling

Interim Acting Director, Oilfield Chemistry, Program Leader, CIPR

Dr. Solling is currently a Senior Research Scientist and the Program Lead of the Oilfield Chemicals program in the Center for Integrated Petroleum Research, College of Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.  Dr. Solling has a background in Physical Organic Chemistry as studied with ultrafast lasers, and interest that came from his postdoc years at Caltech under the guidance of late Professor Ahmed H. Zewail. After a three year position as a Researcher at Risø National Labs, Dr. Solling became Associate Professor (Organic Chemistry) at the University of Copenhagen and worked on ultrafast phenomena until he was appointed team lead at Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre in Qatar.  He returned to the University of Copenhagen as a Full Professor in 2016 to set up an educational specialization in Chemistry for the oil and gas sector.  In 2018 he moved to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be a part of CIPR.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2000.
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1997.

Research Interests

  • Reaction Dynamics and ultra-fast processes in organic molecules
  • Pore-scale phenomena
  • Molecular level understanding of liquid-liquid and liquid-solid interfaces
  • Mechanisms for the transformation of organic molecules

Selected Publications

  • M. Farrell, M. M. Brister, M. Pittelkow, T. I. Sølling, C. E. Crespo-Hernández, Heavy-Atom-Substituted Nucleobases in Photodynamic Applications: Substitution of Sulfur with Selenium in 6-Thioguanine Induces a Remarkable Increase in the Rate of Triplet Decay in 6-Selenoguanine
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b07665
  • S. Al-Kaabi, M. A. Al-Ghouti, M. Oualha, M. A. Mohammad, A. Al-Naemi, T. I. Solling, N. Al-Shamari, N. Zouari, A MALDI-TOF study of bio-remediation in highly weathered oil contaminated soils
    J. Petrol. Sci. Eng. 2018, 168, 569-576.
  • Muñoz, T. I. Sølling Imaging emulsions: the effect of salinity on North Sea Oils
    J. Petrol. Sci. Eng. 2017, 159, 483-487.
  • S. Al-Kaabi, M. Kristensen, N. Zouari, T. I. Sølling, S. S. Bach, M. Al-Ghouti, J. H. Christensen,
    Source identification of beached oil at Al Zubarah, Northwestern Qatar
    J.Petrol. Sci. Eng. 2017,149, 107-113.
  • Noe-Nygaard, F. Engstrøm, S. Roth, T. I. Sølling, Image-Based Petrophysical Parameters: CT Imaging of Chalk Cuttings and Experimental Comparisons by Plug-Size Upscaling
    SPE J. 2017, 22, SPE-183634-PA.
  • O. F. Thompson, L. B. Klein, T. I. Sølling, M. J. Paterson, D. Townsend,
    The role of novel Rydberg-valence behaviour in the non-adiabatic dynamics of tertiary aliphatic amines
    Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 1826-1839.
  • Park, H. Pham, K, Mogensen, M. V. Bennetzen, T. I. Sølling, K. Houk
    Hydrocarbon Binding by Proteins: Structures of Protein Binding Sites for >= C-10 Linear Alkanes or Long-Chain Alkyl and Alkenyl Groups
    Org Chem. 2015, 80, 997-1005.
  • I. Sølling, K. B. Møller, A. B. Stephansen, T. S. Kuhlman
    Invited mini review: The Non-Ergodic Nature of Internal Conversion
    ChemPhysChem, 2014, 15, 249-259.
  • Sørensen, B. Rasmussen, S. Agarwal, M. Schau-Magnussen, T. I. Sølling, M. Pittelkow
    Conversion of Phenols into Selenophenols: Seleno Newman-Kwart Rearrangement
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12346-12349.
  • Stephansen, R. Y. Brogaard, T. S. Kuhlman, L. B. Klein, J. B. Christensen, T. I. Sølling
    Surprising Intrinsic Photostability of the Disulfid bridge Common in Proteins
    J.Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 134, 20279-20281
  • S. Kuhlman, M. Pittelkow, T. I. Sølling, K. B. Møller
    Pulling the Levers of Photo Physics: How Structure Controls the Rate of Energy Dissipation
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2247-2250 (cover).

Awards & Honors

  • Professor of the Year, Department of Chemistry, 2017
  • Torkild Holms Foundation. Young Researcher Award 
  • Danish Universities/JSPS: Denmark-Japan Researcher Exchange Award
Tel: +966 (013) 860-7175
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2139

Dr. Khalid A. H. Al-Ramadan

Geosystems, Program Leader, CIPR, Department of Geosciences

Since joining the Department of Geosciences in September 2006, Dr. Khalid has successfully led many interdisciplinary collaborative projects funded by KFUPM, KACST, and Saudi Aramco. These projects have allowed us to network with colleagues from prestigious international universities (Stanford, Tennessee, Leeds, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Milan) and from oil companies.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Geology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2002-2006.
  • M.Sc. in Geology,  KFUPM, Dhahran. Saudi Arabia, 1999-2001.
  • B.Sc. (Honors) in Geology, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1993-1998.

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology and impact of diagenesis on reservoir quality of deep-sea turbidites.
  • Stratigraphy and chronology of dunes in the Rub’Al Khali, Saudi Arabia.
  • Modern depositional shallow marine environments.

Selected Publications

  • Al-Ramadan, K., Morad, S., Jean-Noel, P., and Al-Aasm, I., (2005).  Distribution of Diagenetic Alterations in Siliciclastic Shoreface Deposits Within Sequence Stratigraphic Framework: Evidence From The Upper Jurassic, Boulonnais, NW France. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 75, p. 943-959.
  • Morad, S., Al-Ramadan, K., Ketzer, J. M., and De Ros, L. F., (2010). “The Impact of Diagenesis on the Heterogeneity of Sandstone Reservoirs: A Review of the Role of Depositional Facies and Sequence Stratigraphy”, AAPG Bulletin, v. 94, no. 8, p. 1267
  • Warren W. Wood, Richard M. Bailey, Brian A. Hampton, Thomas F. Kraemer, Zhong Lu, David W. Clark, Rhodri H.R. James, Al-Ramadan, K., (2012). “Rapid late Pleistocene/Holocene uplift and coastal evolution of the southern Arabian (Persian) Gulf”, Quaternary Research, 77, 215–220.
  • Al-Ramadan, K., Dogan, A. U., and Senalp, M., (2013). Sedimentology and Diagenesis of the Miocene Nutaysh Member of the Burqan Formation in the Midyan Area, Northwestern Saudi Arabia. Geological Quarterly, v. 57 (1), p. 165-174.
  • Al-Ramadan, K., Sadoon, M., and Plink, P., (2013). “Distribution of Diagenetic Alterations in Relationship to Depositional Facies and Sequence Stratigraphy of Wave- and Tide-Dominated Siliciclastic Shoreline Complex: Upper Cretaceous Chimney Rock Sandstones, Wyoming and Utah, USA”, International Association of  Sedimentologists Special Publication 45: Linking Diagenesis to Sequence Stratigraphy, p. 271-296.
  • Al-Ramadan, K., Morad S., Norton A. K., Hulver, M., (2013). “Linking Diagenesis and Porosity Preservation to Sequence Stratigraphy of Gas Condensate Reservoir Sandstones, the Jauf Formation (Lower to Middle Devonian), Eastern Saudi Arabia”, International Association of Sedimentologists Special Publication 45: Linking Diagenesis to Sequence Stratigraphy, p. 297-335.
  • Al-Ramadan, K., (2014). Illitization of Smectite in Sandstones – The Permian Unayzah Reservoir, Saudi Arabia, Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, v. 39, p. 407-412.
  • Matysik, M., Al-Ramadan, K., and Riding, R., .(2015). Composition and Morphology of Early Devonian Microbial and Metazoan Patch Reefs: Qasr Member of the Jauf Formation, Northwestern Saudi Arabia, Journal of Sedimentary Research, 85, p. 45-61.
  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Al-Ramadan, K., Collier, R.E.L, and Hughes, G.W. (2016) Variations in Architecture and Cyclicity in Syntectonic Fault-Bounded Carbonate Platforms: Early Miocene Red Sea Rift, NW Saudi Arabia.Marine and Petroleum Geology. 70, p. 77-92.
  • Amao, A. O., Al-Ramadan, K.,& Koeshidayatullah, A. (2016). Automated mineralogical methodology to study carbonate grain microstructure: an example from oncoids. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75(8), 1-11.
  • Koeshidayatullah, A, Chan, SA, Al-Ghamdi, M, Akif, T and Al-Ramadan, K.(2016) Discrimination of inland and coastal dunes in Eastern Saudi Arabia desert system: An approach from particle size and textural parameter variations. Journal of African Earth Sciences. 117, 102-113.
  • Hakami, A., Al-Mubarak, A., Kurison, C., Al-Ramadan, K., and Leyva Poveda, I., (2016), Characterization of Carbonate Mudrocks of the Jurassic Tuwaiq Mountain Formation, Jafurah Sub-Basin, Saudi Arabia: Implications for Unconventional Reservoir Potential Evaluation; Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, vol. 33, p. 1-20.
  • Hakami, A., Ellis, L., Al-Ramadan, K., and Abdelbagi, S., (2016).  Mud gas isotope logging application for sweet spot identification in an unconventional shale gas play; A case study from Jurassic carbonate source rocks in Jafurah Sub-Basin, Saudi Arabia.  Marin and Petroleum Geology 76, 133-174.

Awards & Honors

Dr. Khalid initiated and led the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Student Chapter at Geosciences Department. Dr. Khalid was able to secure an exclusive sponsor to significantly fund extracurricular activities. This generous fund has enabled our students to conduct a wide range of activities, including international field excursions to Turkey, Denmark, and Spain between 2011 and 2017. Also, as a faculty advisor of the KFUPM/AAPG student chapter, Dr. Khalid successfully supervised a team of BS and MS students that won the Imperial Barrel Award in the Middle East in 2010, 2012 and 2015. In 2010 and 2015, the KFUPM team won the third prize in the global contest in New Orleans and Denver, respectively.

In addition, below are some selected awards received:

  • 2006    The best oral presentation in the 7th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (GEO2006), 27-29 March, Bahrain.
  • 2007    Junior faculty grant, KFUPM.
  • 2007    British Council summer research grant; postdoctoral summer research at Cardiff University with Prof. Paul Wright.
  • 2010    British Council summer research grant; post-doctoral summer research in University of Leeds.
  • 2012    Best paper award in GEOS 2012 Conference, Singapore.
  • 2013    British Council summer research grant; post-doctoral summer research in University of Leeds.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2689
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2535

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2245

Dr. Pantelis Soupios

Geophysics, Program Leader, CIPR, Department of Geosciences

Pantelis Soupios obtained his B.Sc. in Geology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-AUTh, Greece) and his MSc (AUTh) and Ph.D. (AUTh) in Applied Geophysics. He started his carrier at the Laboratory of Geophysics and Seismology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. His expertise is on the application of several geophysical methods for environmental, hydrogeological, engineering applications, and geohazard studies. From 2002-2018, he was a faculty member at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece. He is currently a Professor of Near Surface Geophysics at the Department of Geosciences, KFUPM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. P. Soupios has established a strong international research network for collaboration and has authored and co-authored numerous chapters in books, articles published in scientific journals, and conference papers covering the broader area of applied geophysics. In addition, he has 6 years of industrial experience (mainly in engineering geophysics).

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Applied Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and Uppsala University, Sweden 2000
  • M.S., Applied Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997
  • B.S., Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1995

Research Interests

  • Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • Applied Hydrogeology and HydroGeophysics
  • Applied geology and AgroGeophysics
  • ArchaeoGeophysics at selected Archaeological areas using various geophysical methods.
  • Advanced geophysical/geological/geochemical methods for waste disposal sites characterization.
  • Groundwater and soil monitoring

Selected Publications

  • George Panagopoulos, Pantelis Soupios, Antonios Vafidis, Emmanouil Manoutsoglou, 2021, Integrated use of well and geophysical data for constructing 3D geological models in shallow aquifers: a case study at the Tymbakion basin, Crete, Greece, Environmental Earth Sciences 80:142, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-021-09461-5
  • Omer Muhammad Siddiq, Bassam Shafiq Tawabini; Pantelis Soupios; Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, 2021, Removal of Arsenic from Contaminated Groundwater Using Biochar: A Technical Review, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-020-03116-x
  • Çağdaş Sağır, Bedri Kurtuluş, Pantelis Soupios, Korhan Ayrancı, Erkan Düztaş, Murat Ersen Aksoy, Özgür Avşar, Günseli Erdem, Mustafa Can Canoğlu, SanLinn I. Kaka, Moumtaz Razack, 2020, Investigating the Structure of a Coastal Karstic Aquifer through the Hydrogeological Characterization of Springs Using Geophysical Methods and Field Investigation, Gökova Bay, SW Turkey, Water 2020, 12(12), 3343; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123343
  • Demirci İsmail, Gundogdu N. Yıldırım, Candansayar Mehmet Emin, Soupios Pantelis, Vafidis Antonis and Arslan Hakan, 2020, Determination and Evaluation of Salt Water Intrusion on Bafra Plain: Joint Interpretation of Geophysical, Hydrogeological and Hydro-chemical Data, Pure and Applied Geophysics, pp.20, DOI: 1007/s00024-020-02573-2
  • Ntarlagiannis D., Kalderis D. and Soupios P., 2020, Geophysical Methods for Contaminant Management: the Case for Biochar, Fast TIMES, EEGS, Vol. 25(2), pp. 80-90 (invited paper).
  • Payal Rani, Pantelis Soupios and Pavel Barsukov, 2020, Regional tectonic model of Southern, Central part of the Mygdonian basin (Northern Greece) by applying 3D Transient Electromagnetic Modeling, Journal of Applied Geophysics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2020.104008

List of Publication & Research activities:

Tel: +966 (013) 860-2625
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2239

Dr. Ammar El-Husseiny

Petrophysics/Rock-Physics, Program Leader, CIPR, Department of Geosciences

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, Stanford University, USA, 2016
  • M.S. in Geophysics, Stanford University, USA, 2013
  • B.S. (Honor) in Petroleum Geosciences, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2010

Research Interests

  • Rock physics of carbonates characterizing their transport and elastic properties.
  • Fluid substitution and time-lapse seismic interpretation
  • The use of NMR for pore structure characterization

Selected Publications

  • El Husseiny, A. and Vanorio, T., 2017, Porosity-permeability relationship in dual porosity carbonate analogs, Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 1, MR65-MR74, doi: 10.1190/geo2015-0649.1
  • El Husseiny, A., Nizamuddin, S., Raheem, O., and Vega, S., 2019, The effect of pore structure complexity and saturation history on the variations of acoustic velocity as function of brine and oil saturation in carbonates, Journal of Petroleum Sciences and Engineering, 179, pp. 180-191
  • El Husseiny, A., Vanorio, T., and Mavko, G., 2019, Predicting porosity of binary mixtures made out of irregular nonspherical particles: Application to natural sediments, Advanced powder technology, Vol. 30, no. 8, 1558-1566. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apt.2019.05.001
  • Elsayed, M., Mahmoud, M., El-Husseiny, A., Kamal, M. S., Al-Garadi, K., 2020, A New Method to Evaluate Reaction Kinetics of Acids with Carbonate Rocks Using NMR Diffusion Measurements, Energy and Fuel,  34, 1, 787-797, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b03784
  • El-Husseiny, A., 2020, Improved Packing Model for Functionally Graded Sand-Fines Mixtures: Incorporation of Fines Cohesive Packing Behavior, Applied Sciences, 10(2), 562

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Awards & Honors

  • Awarded the EAGE annual meeting Travel Grant, Vienna, Austria, May 2011
  • Graduation from The Petroleum Institute with GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0 (honor with distinction), 2010.
  • First place in the “SEG Challenge Bowl” regional competition in the Middle East, The Petroleum Institute, 2009.
Tel: (013) 860-7981

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2155

Dr. Ruud Weijermars

Geomechanics, Program Leader, CIPR, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Weijermars conducts original research in petroleum engineering to develop new tools and methods related to the quantification and visualization of (1) fluid flow in porous media, and (2) fracture propagation. He has developed new production forecasting tools and reserves estimation methods to support industry, with a heavy focus on unconventional resource development. Prior to joining KFUPM in 2021, Weijermars worked at Texas A&M University and the Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Texas at Austin — he was a postdoc at ETH Zurich in the late 1980s.

Educational Qualification

  • Habilitation, Uppsala University
  • Ph.D. in Geodynamics, Uppsala University
  • MS in Geosciences, University of Amsterdam
  • BS in Geosciences, University of Amsterdam

Research Interests

  • Flow in Fractured Porous Media
  • Hydraulic Fracture Propagation
  • Wellbore Stability under Anisotropy
  • Production Forecasting and Reserves Estimation

Selected Publications

• Weijermars, R., 2020. Improving Well Productivity – Ways to Reduce the Lag between the Diffusive and Convective Time of Flight in Shale Wells. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2020.107344
• Weijermars, R., Pham, T., and Ettehad, M., 2020. Linear Superposition Method (LSM) for Solving Stress Tensor Fields and Displacement Vector Fields: Application to Multiple Pressure-Loaded Circular Holes in an Elastic Plate with Far-Field Stress. Applied Mathematics and Computation, Volume 381, 125234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amc.2020.125234
• Weijermars, R., Nandlal, K., Tugan, M.F., Dusterhoft, R., and Stegent, N., 2020. Hydraulic Fracture Test Site Drained Rock Volume and Recovery Factors Visualized by Scaled Complex Analysis Models: Emulating Multiple Data Sources (production rates, Water Cuts, Pressure Gauges, Flow Regime Changes, and b-sigmoids). Unconventional Resources Technology Conference held in Austin, Texas, USA, 20-22 July 2020, URTeC 2020-2434. A
• Weijermars, R., Wang, J., and Pham, T., 2020. Borehole failure mechanisms in naturally and hydraulically fractured formations investigated with a fast time-stepped linear superposition method (TLSM). ARMA 20-1999.
• Pham, T., and Weijermars, R., 2020. Solving Stress Tensor Fields around Multiple Pressure-Loaded Fractures using a Linear Superposition Method (LSM). Applied Mathematical Modeling, Volume 88, December 2020, Pages 418-436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apm.2020.06.041
• Weijermars, R., Wang, J., and Nelson, R., 2020. Elastic Anisotropy in shale formations and its effect on near-borehole stress fields and failure modes. Earth-Science Reviews, Volume 200, article id. 102957. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.102957.
• Weijermars, R., and Ettehad, M., 2019. Displacement field potentials for deformation in elastic media: Theory and Application to Pressure-Loaded Boreholes. Applied Mathematics and Computation, vol. 340, p. 276–295.
• Khanal, A., and Weijermars, R. 2019. Pressure Depletion and Drained Rock Volume (DRV) near Hydraulically Fractured Parent and Child Wells (Eagle Ford Formation). Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 172, p. 607-626.
• Harmelen, A. and Weijermars, R. 2018. Complex analytical solutions for flow in hydraulically fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs with and without natural fractures. Applied Mathematical Modelling, vol. 56, p. 137-157.

Awards & Honors

  • SPE Distinguished Membership Award, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Distinguished Researcher Award, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.
  • King Oscar Prize for Research/Teaching, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3922
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: PEGTC, Rm. 1010

Dr. Zhengwei Pan

Colloids & Interface Science, Program Leader, CIPR

Dr. Pan is currently a Senior Research Scientist and the Program Lead of Colloid and Interface program in the Center for Integrated Petroleum Research, College of Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Prior to joining KFUPM, he was a Professor (2016-2018), Associate Professor (2011-2016) and Assistant Professor (2006-2011) in the College of Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. He was a Research Associate (2002-2003), Guest Scientist (2003-2005) and Staff Scientist (2005-2006) in the Chemical Science Division and the Center for Nanophase Materials Science at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. He conducted postdoctoral research at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) in 2000-2001, City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China) in 1999, and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) in 1997-1999.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi’an, China, 1997.
  • M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, China, 1993.
  • B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, China, 1990.

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, characterization, and properties of nanomaterials including nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, nanobelts, and graphene.
  • Design, fabrication and spectral study of new persistent luminescent materials including near-infrared (700-950 nm), short-wave infrared (950-1700 nm), and ultraviolet (200-400 nm) persistent phosphors.
  • Applications of functional materials in solid-state lighting, night and daytime identification, solar energy, and crude oil detection.
  • Development of new physical property measurement techniques for one-dimensional nanostructures.

Selected Publications

  • Y.J. Liang, F. Liu, Y.F. Chen, X.J. Wang, K.N. Sun, Z.W. Pan, “New function of Yb3+ ion as an efficient emitter for persistent luminescence in the short-wave infrared”, Light: Science and Applications 5, e16124 (2016).
  • Y.J. Chuang, F. Liu, M.Y. Kanj, M.E. Poitzsch, W. Wang, Z.W. Pan, “Ultra-sensitive in-situ detection of novel near-infrared persistent luminescent tracer nanoagents in crude oil-water mixtures”, Scientific Reports 6, 27993 (2016).
  • F. Liu, Y.J. Liang, Z.W. Pan, “Detection of upconverted persistent luminescence in the near infrared emitted by Zn3Ga2GeO8:Cr3+,Yb3+,Er3+ phosphor”, Physical Review Letters 113, 177401 (2014).
  • F. Liu, R.S. Meltzer, X.F. Li, J.D. Budai, Y.-S. Chen, Z.W. Pan, “New localized/delocalized emitting state of Eu2+ in orange-emitting hexagonal EuAl2O4”, Scientific Reports 4, 7101 (2014).
  • Z.W. Pan, S.J. Lerch, L. Xu, X.F. Li, Y.-J. Chuang, J.Y. Howe, S.M. Mahurin, S. Dai, M. Hildebrand, “Electronically transparent graphene replica of diatoms: a new technique for the investigation of frustule morphology”, Scientific Reports 4, 6117 (2014).
  • F. Liu, W.Z. Yan, Y.J. Chuang, Z.P. Zhen, J. Xie, Z.W. Pan, “Photostimulated near-infrared persistent luminescence as a new optical read-out from Cr3+-doped LiGa5O8”, Scientific Reports 3: 1554 (2013).
  • X.F. Li, J.D. Budai, F. Liu, J.Y. Howe, J.H. Zhang, X.J. Wang, Z.J. Gu, C.J. Sun, R.S. Meltzer, Z.W. Pan, “New yellow Ba0.93Eu0.07Al2O4 phosphor for warm-white light-emitting diodes through single-emitting-center-conversion”, Light: Science & Application, 2, e50 (2013).
  • Z.W. Pan, Y.Y. Lu, F. Liu, “Sunlight-activated near-infrared long-persistent luminescence from Cr3+-doped zinc gallogermanates”, Nature Materials 11, 58-63 (2012).
  • Z.W. Pan, Z.R. Dai, Z.L. Wang, “Nanobelts of semiconducting oxides”, Science 291, 1947-1949 (2001).
  • Z.W. Pan, S.S. Xie, B.H. Chang, C.Y. Wang, L. Lu, W. Liu, W.Y. Zhou, W.Z. Li, L.X. Qian, “Very long carbon nanotubes”, Nature 394, 631-632 (1998)

Awards & Honors

  • Research Award, College of Engineering, University of Georgia (2014).
  • Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award (2011).
  • US National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010).
  • Second Class Award in Natural Science in China (2002) for the contribution in carbon nanotube research.
  • First Class Award in Natural Science in Chinese Academy of Sciences (2001) for the contribution in carbon nanotube research.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-7242
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1025

Dr. Kion Norrman

Research Scientist I, CIPR

Dr. Kion Norrman is currently a Research Scientist in the Center for Integrated Petroleum Research, College of Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Waterloo, Canada (1997–1998) with a focus on fundamental gas-phase ion chemistry, followed by a one-year stay at the Danish Technological Institute, Denmark (1998–1999). He continued his work at Risø National Laboratory, Denmark as a (i) Postdoctoral Researcher (1999–2002), (ii) as a Researcher (2002–2005), and (iii) as a Senior Research Scientist (2005–2012). From 2012 to 2019 he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Technical University of Denmark. The work involved chemical modification/degradation phenomena at surface and interfaces in order to control/understand physical properties (1999–2005) in mainly polymer materials, which later on (2005–2019) was expanded to materials used within sustainable energy, such as organic solar cells and solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph. D., Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996.
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1993

Research Interests

  • Oilfield chemistry with focus on enhanced oil recovery
  • Chemical degradation phenomena in materials
  • Molecular understanding of solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces

Selected Publications

  • Norrman, T. I. Sølling, M. Ceccato, E. Stamate, N. Bovet, S. L. S. Stipp, The chemical structure of organic layers at pore surfaces in Middle East reservoir rocks, Energy & Fuels 2018, 32, 11234–11242.
Dr-Muhammad-Shahzad-Kamal
Tel: +966 (013) 860-​8513
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1026

Dr. Muhammad Shahzad Kamal

Research Engineer II, CIPR

MSC Graduate in Polymer & Process Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore, Pakistan in 2010. Whilst studying for his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at KFUPM (Graduated in 2014), he continued his passion for lecturing at The University around the subjects of Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Polymer Materials, and Technical Computing.

Since 2015, Dr. Kamal has been working as a Research Engineer at CIPR with his expertise focusing on chemical EOR, Rheology of complex fluids, Interfacial phenomenon, and Oilfield chemistry. In addition to these tasks, he is also responsible for leading multidisciplinary research projects, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and compiling research reports.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2014.
  • M.S., Polymer & Process Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan, 2010.
  • B.S., (Hons.) Chemical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Chemical EOR, Rheology of complex fluids, Interfacial phenomenon, Oilfield chemistry

Selected Publications

  • Majeed, T.; Sølling, T. I.; Kamal, M. S*. Foamstability: The Interplay between Salt-, Surfactant- and Critical Micelle Concentration. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 2020, 187, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2019.106871.
  • Hussain, S.S.; Kamal, M.S*.; Murtaza, M. Effect of Aromatic Spacer Groups and Counterions on Aqueous Micellar and Thermal Properties of the Synthesized Quaternary Ammonium Gemini Surfactants. Journal of Molecular Liquids 2019, 296, 111837. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2019.111837
  • Deng, X.; Kamal, M. S.; Patil, S.; Hussain, S. M. S.; Zhou, X. A Review on Wettability Alteration in Carbonate Rocks: Wettability Modifiers. Energy & Fuels 2020, 34, 1, 31-54. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b03409.
  • Kamal, M. S.; Hussain, S. M. S.; Fogang, L. T. Role of Ionic Headgroups on the Thermal, Rheological, and Foaming Properties of Novel Betaine-Based Polyoxyethylene Zwitterionic Surfactants for Enhanced Oil Recovery. Processes 2019, 7 (12), 908. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7120908.
  • Ahmed, H.M.; Kamal, M.S*.; Al-Harthi, M. Polymeric and low molecular weight shale inhibitors: A review. Fuel 2019, 251, 187-217. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2019.04.038

Awards & Honors

  • Best Ph.D. scholar award for the years 2013-2014 in Chemical Engineering.
  • Best paper award in Young Professional Technical Symposium, Dhahran, KSA, April 2013.
  • Winner of 4th student conference paper competition organized by the Ministry of Higher Education, held in Makkah, KSA, April-May, 2013.
  • Recipient of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals scholarship from 2010 to 2014.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2092
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2033

Dr. Abdulrauf Adebayo

Research Engineer II, CIPR

Dr. Adebayo joined the Centre for integrative petroleum research (CIPR) in 2015. Afterwards, he built and coordinates the advanced core analysis and petrophysics labs, dedicated to experimental petrophysics, rock properties, rock-fluid interaction, fluid flow in porous media, gas storage, and complex fluid (foam, polymers and emulsion) flow in reservoir rocks. The labs are equipped with advanced facilities such as coreflooding (with X-ray ISSM), coreflooding (with electrical resistivity ISSM), nuclear magnetic resonance (static and dynamic NMR), magnetic resonance and imaging (static and dynamic MRI), high pressure high temperature electrical resistivity and capillary pressure systems, gas sorption isotherm, and other benchtop devices. He also recruited and mentored several young lab scientists and engineers. Dr Adebayo has been a member in several externally funded projects carried out by the Research Institute, the Centre for integrative petroleum research at KFUPM, KACST, and Saudi Aramco. He has worked on geological CO2 sequestration, CO2-EOR, geo-mechanical and petrophysical properties of Saudi reservoir rocks.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2014.
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 2007.
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Experimental petrophysics
  • Special core analysis (SCAL)
  • CO2 & Hydrogen injection and storage
  • Complex fluid injection (foam, emulsion and polymer)
  • Near wellbore formation damage (drilling fluid induced damage) and mud cake characterization

Selected Publications

  • Khaled Z. Abdelgawad, Abdulrauf R. Adebayo*, Abubakar Isah, Nasiru S. Muhammed, A literature review of strength and stability of foam and their relationship with the absolute permeability of porous media, JPSE, Volume 211 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2022.110195.
  • Ming Li, Vincent W.S. Lim, Saif ZS. Al Ghafri, Nicholas Ling, Abdulrauf R. Adebayo, Eric F. May, Michael L. Johns. Minimum miscibility pressure of CO2 and oil evaluated using MRI and NMR measurements, JPSE, Volume 214, (2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2022.110515.
  • Karem Al-Garadi, Ammar El-Husseiny, Mahmoud Elsayed, Paul Connolly, Mohamed Mahmoud, Michael Johns, Abdulrauf Adebayo, A rock core wettability index using NMR T2 measurements, JPSE, Volume 208, Part A, (2022),109386, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.109386.
  • Adebayo, A.R*. A Graphical Interpretation Technique to Evaluate Strength and Stability of Foam in Porous Media Based on Mobile-Trapped Foam Ratio. Transp Porous Med 139, 327–355 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11242-021-01668-1.
  • R Adebayo*. Foam Flow in Different Pore Systems—Part 1: The Roles of Pore Attributes and Their Variation on Trapping and Apparent Viscosity of Foam. SPE Journal 26 (06), 3908-3925. (2021). https://doi.org/10.2118/206719-PA.

Extended Publications (+)

  • R Adebayo*. Foam Flow in Different Pore Systems—Part 2: The Roles of Pore Attributes on the Limiting Capillary Pressure, Trapping Coefficient, and Relative Permeability of Foamed Gas. SPE Journal 26 (06), 3926-3948. (2021). https://doi.org/10.2118/205523-PA.
  • Abubakar Isah, Abdulrauf R. Adebayo*, Mohamed Mahmoud, Lamidi O. Babalola, Ammar El-Husseiny, Drainage mechanisms in gas reservoirs with bimodal pores – A core and pore scale study, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Volume 86 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103652.
  • Lateef Owolabi Lawal, Abdulrauf R. Adebayo*, Mohamed Mahmoud, Ben Mansour Dia, Abdullah S. Sultan, A novel NMR surface relaxivity measurements on rock cuttings for conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Int J Coal Geol. 231. 103605.(2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2020.103605.
  • Hany Gamal, Vagif Suleymanov, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Abdulrauf Adebayo, Badr Bageri. The impact of weighting materials on carbonate pore system and rock characteristics. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, (2021). https://doi.org/10.1002/cjce.24092.
  • Adebayo, A.R., Bageri, B.S. A simple NMR methodology for evaluating filter cake properties and drilling fluid-induced formation damage. J Petrol Explor Prod Technol 10, 1643–1655 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-019-00786-3.
  • Badr S. Bageri, Abdulrauf Rasheed Adebayo, Jaber Al Jaberi, Shirish Patil, Effect of perlite particles on the filtration properties of high-density barite weighted water-based drilling fluid, Powder Technology, Volume 360 (2020), 1157-1166, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2019.11.030.
  • Abdulrauf R. Adebayo, Mohamed E. Kandil, Taha M. Okasha, Modiu L. Sanni, Measurements of electrical resistivity, NMR pore size and distribution, and x-ray CT-scan for performance evaluation of CO2 injection in carbonate rocks: A pilot study, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 63. 1-11, (2017). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.04.016.
  • Adebayo, A.R*.; Babalola, L.; Hussaini, S.R.; Alqubalee, A.; Babu, R.S. Insight into the Pore Characteristics of a Saudi Arabian Tight Gas Sand Reservoir. Energies, 12(22), 4302 (2019). https://doi.org/10.3390/en12224302.
  • Sivabalan Sakthivel, Abdulrauf Rasheed Adebayo, Mazen Yousef Kanj (2019). Experimental Evaluation of Carbon Dots Stabilized Foam for Enhanced Oil Recovery. Energy & Fuels. 33 (10), 9629–9643 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b02235.
  • Viability of foam to enhance capillary trapping of CO2 in saline aquifers—An experimental investigation, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 78, (2018), 117-124,
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.08.003.
  • Adebayo, A. R., Al-Yousef, H. Y., and Mahmoud, M. (2015). “An Experimental Investigation of the Use of Combined Resistivity and Temperature Logs for Scale Monitoring in Carbonate Formations During CO2 Sequestration.” ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. (2015); 137(3): 032202. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028772.

Awards & Honors

  • Internship award in Schlumberger drilling and measurements, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, 2001
  • Best graduating undergraduate student at Petroleum engineering department, 2004
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals scholarship award, 2010 to 2014.
Dr-Sayed-Muhammad-Shakil-Hussain
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2156
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 15, Rm. 3406A

Dr. Sayed M. Shakil Hussain

Research Scientist II, CIPR

Since 2012, Dr. Syed has been a Research Scientist III at Center for Integrative Petroleum Research (CPIR). Between 2009 – 2010, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Victor Snieckus group, Chemistry Department, Queen’s University. He has also been involved in several national-funded and client-funded research projects. He has an established track record of publishing high-quality articles in prestigious journals. His areas of interest include the synthesis and purification of surfactants, polymers, chelating agents and their use in various oilfield applications such as drilling mud, stimulation and enhanced oil recovery. Dr. Syed is also proficient in the use of air-sensitive and pyrophoric reagents.

Educational Qualification

  • Postdoc, Homogeneous & Heterogeneous Catalysis, KFUPM, 2010-2012
  • Postdoc, Homogeneous Catalysis, Queen’s University, Canada, 2009-2010
  • Ph.D., Synthetic Organic Chemistry in sandwich program between Queen’s University, Canada and University of Karachi, 2009.
  • MS, Organic Chemistry, University of Karachi, 2002.

Research Interests

  • Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Lost Circulation Material
  • Acid diversion
  • Well Stimulation

Selected Publications

  • S. M. Shakil Hussain, M. S. Kamal, M. Murtaza, “Synthesis of novel ethoxylated quaternary ammonium gemini surfactants for enhanced oil recovery application”, Energies, Vol. 12 (2019), pp. 1731.
  • S. M. Shakil Hussain, M. S. Kamal, L. T. Fogang, Shirish Patil, “Effect of the number of ethylene oxide units on the properties of synthesized tailor-made cationic gemini surfactants for oilfield applications”, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol. 1196 (2019), pp. 851.
  • S. M. Shakil Hussain, M. S. Kamal, M. Murtaza, “Effect of Aromatic Spacer Groups and Counterions on Aqueous Micellar and Thermal Properties of the Synthesized Quaternary Ammonium Gemini Surfactants”, Journal of Molecular Liquids, Vol. 296, (2019), pp. 111837.
  • S. M. Shakil Hussain, M. S. Kamal, Theis Solling, M. Murtaza, L. T. Fogang, “Surface and thermal properties of synthesized cationic poly(ethylene oxide) gemini surfactants: the role of the spacer”, RSC Advances, Vol. 9, (2019), pp. 30154.
  • S. M. Shakil Hussain, M. S. Kamal, L. T. Fogang, “Synthesis and physicochemical investigation of betaine type polyoxyethylene zwitterionic surfactants containing different ionic headgroups”, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol. 1178 (2019), pp. 83.

Awards & Honors

  • Higher Education Commission of Pakistan International Scholarship Award.
  • GRE (Subjective, Chemistry by ETS, USA) 61 percentile.
  • Junior Research Fellowship Award from H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi.
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