CPG

Dr. Theis Ivan Solling

Tel: +966 (013) 860-3251 / 860-1341
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: PEGTC, Rm. 1020 / Bldg. 78, Rm. 3042

Dr. Theis Ivan Solling

Director, Oilfield Chemistry Program, Program Leader, CIPR

Dr. Solling is currently a Senior Research Scientist and the Program Lead of the Oilfield Chemistry program in the Center for Integrative 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 / 860-4002
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2139

Dr. Khalid A. H. Al-Ramadan

Professor, Program Leader – Geosystems, CIPR, Geosciences Department

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

Professor, Professor, Program Leader – Geophysics, Program Leader – Geophysics, CIPR, CIPR, Geosciences Department, Geosciences Department

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

  • Ali Imran Sandhu, Umair Bin Waheed, Chao Song, Oliver Dorn, Pantelis Soupios, 2023, Multi-frequency Wavefield Modeling of Acoustic VTI Wave Equation Using Physics Informed Neural Networks, Front. Earth Sci. Sec. Solid Earth Geophysics, Volume 11 – 2023 | doi: 10.3389/feart.2023.1227828
  • Badhafere, P. Kirmizakis, A. Oshaish, A. El-Husseiny, M. Mahmoud, D. Ntarlagiannis, and P. Soupios, 2023, Detection of Iron Sulfide Materials in Geological Porous Media Using Spectral Induced Polarization Method, SPE Journal, https://doi.org/10.2118/217424-PA.
  • ALI IMRAN SANDHU, BEN MANSOUR DIA, OLIVER DORN, PANTELIS SOUPIOS, 2023, Bayesian Experimental Design for Efficient Sensor Placement in Two-Dimensional Electromagnetic Imaging, IEEE Access, DOI 10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3288997
  • Edigbue, P., Akca, I., Demirci, I., Abdullatif Al-Shuhail, Hamdan, H., Kirmizakis, P., Candansayar, E., Hanafy, S., Soupios, P., 2023, Testing different stochastic methods to model direct current resistivity and seismic refraction geophysical data using a combined local and global optimization algorithm, Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering-Springer, DOI 10.1007/s13369-023-07690-3
  • Kirmizakis, H. Hinojosa-Prieto, F. Bilias and P. Soupios, 2023, Integrated environmental characterization and assessment of an exposed historic manure repository, Science of the Total Environment, V.872(162184), Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162184
  • Constantinos Loupasakis, Paraskevas Tsangaratos, Theodoros Gatsios, Vasiliki Eleftheriou, Issaak Parcharidis, Pantelis Soupios, 2023, Investigating the stability of the Acropolis Hill, Greece using fuzzy logic and remote sensing techniques, Remote Sensing-MDPI, 15(4), 1067, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15041067

List of Publication & Research activities:

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

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2239

Dr. Ammar El-Husseiny

Associate Professor, Program Leader – Petrophysics/Rockphysics, CIPR, Geosciences Department

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

Extended Publications (+)

 

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

Professor, Program Leader – Geomechanics, CIPR, Petroleum Engineering Department

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) 860-4519
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1027

Dr. Khaled Ibrahim

CIPR

Dr. Ibrahim joined CIPR in 2021 after 3 years of Postdoc fellowship at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM. He worked as a research assistant (2011-2013) and Lecturer (2013-2018) in the same department whilst studying for his M.S and Ph.D. respectively. He Taught well logging and reservoir description courses to petroleum engineering undergraduate students. Dr. Ibrahim expertise focus on chemical EOR and matrix acidizing. He is a member of OFC group in CIPR and an active member of SPE.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2018
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2013
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Suez University, Egypt, 2009

Research Interests

  • Chemical EOR
  • Well Stimulation

Selected Publications

  • Al-Anazi, A., Abdelgawad K., Alsofi, A., and Kaidar, Z. 2020. The Effects of Crude Oil Gravity and Composition on EOR Surfactants Selection and Performance. Paper presented at the SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference in Moscow, Russia, 12–14 October 2020. [Link]
  • Abdelgawad, K., Mahmoud, M., Elkatatny, S., and Patil, S. 2019. Effect of Calcium Carbonate on Barite Solubility Using a Chelating Agent and Converter. Prepared Presented at the SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry held in Galveston, Texas, USA, 8–9 April. [Link]
  • Gamal, H., Abdelgawad, K., Elkatatny, S. 2019. New Environmentally Friendly Acid System for Iron Sulfide Scale Removal. Sustainability, 11(23) [Link]
  • Abdelgawad, K. Z., Mahmoud, M., Elkatatny, S., Abdulraheem, A., Patil, S. 2019. Reaction Kinetics and Coreflooding Study of High-Temperature Carbonate Reservoir Stimulation Using GLDA in Seawater. Energies, 12(18). [Link]
  • Abdelgawad, K.Z., Elkatatny, S., et al. 2019. Real Time Determination of Rheological Properties of Spud Drilling Fluids Using a Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Technique. J. Energy Resour. Technol. 141(3). [Link]

Extended Publications (+)

  • Gomaa, I., Mahmoud, M., Abdelgawad, K.Z., Hasan, A., and Al-Shehri, D., 2021. Acidizing of subterranean formation using in-situ generated HF. US Patent US20210062073A1. [Link]
  • Elkatatny, S., Mahmoud, M., Abdelgawad, K.Z. 2018. Reaction of Chelating Agents with Guar Gum Polymer for Completion Fluid. J for Sci. & Eng. 43(11)6481–6491 [Link]
  • Mahmoud, M., Ba-geri, B.S., Abdelgawad, K.Z., et al. 2018. Evaluation of the Reaction Kinetics of DTPA Chelating Agent and Converter with Barium Sulfate (Barite) Using Rotating Disk Apparatus. Energy & Fuels Journal, 32(9):9813-9821. [Link]
  • Abdelgawad, K.Z., Mahmoud, A.M., and Ibnelwaleed H. 2017. Stimulation of High Temperature Carbonate Gas Reservoirs using Seawater and Chelating Agents: Reaction Kinetics. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 55:595-605. [Link]
  • Abdelgawad, K.Z. and Mahmoud, A.M. 2017. Modified seawater EOR fluid for carbonate reservoirs. J. Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 15(4):347–362. [Link]
  • Mahmoud, M., Abdelgawad, K.Z., et al. 2016. Stimulation of Seawater Injectors by GLDA (Glutamic-Di Acetic Acid). SPE Journal Drilling & Completion 31(3): 483 – 495. [Link]
  • Mahmoud, M., Abdelgawad, K.Z. 2015. Chelating-Agent Enhanced Oil Recovery for Sandstone and Carbonate Reservoirs. SPE Journal 20(3): 483 – 495. [Link]
  • Mahmoud, M.A., Abdelgawad, K., Sultan A.S. 2014. Chelating Fluid for Enhanced Oil Recovery in Carbonate Reservoirs and Method of Using the Same. US Patent No 13/932,947. [Link]

Patents

  • Mahmoud, M.A., Abdelgawad, K.Z., Sultan A.S. 2014. Chelating Fluid for Enhanced Oil Recovery in Carbonate Reservoirs and Method of Using the Same. US Patent No 13/932,947
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) 860-5174

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2020

Dr. Rabeah Al Zaidy

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, CIPR, CIPR

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, US.
  • M.S., Information Systems Security, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  • B.S., (1st Honors) Computer Science, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Professional Profile:

  • 2021-2023, PI, Intelligent Reservoir Mapping, Aramco-CIPR, KFUPM
  • 2021-2022, AI Research Consultant, SDAIA
  • 2018 – 2019, Post​​doctoral Fellow, CEMSE, KAUST
  • 2017 – 2018, Post​​doctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning
  • Large Scale Information Retrieval
  • AI for Energy and Environment Applications
  • Deep Learning Reservoir Modeling
  • Natural Language Processing

Selected Publications

  • A. Z. Yamani, K. Katterbaeur, A. A. Alshehri and R. A. Al-Zaidy, “SAMA: Spatially-Aware Model-Agnostic Machine Learning Framework for Geophysical Data,” in IEEE Access, vol. 11, pp. 7436-7449, 2023, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3236802.
  • Katterbauer, Klemens, Qasim, Abdulaziz, Al Shehri, Abdallah, and Rabeah Al Zaidy. “A Deep Learning Formation Image Log Classification Framework for Fracture Identification – A Study on Carbon Dioxide Injection Performance for the New Zealand Pohokura Field.” Paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, USA, October 2022.
  • Katterbauer, K., Al Qasim, A., Al Shehri, A., & Al Zaidy, R. (2022). Smart detection of fractures in formation image logs for enhanced CO2 storage. Science and Technology for Energy Transition, 77, 21
  • A. Z. Yamani, K. Katterbauer, A. A. AlShehri, A. F. Marsala and R. A. Al-Zaidy, “Denoising Electromagnatic Surveys Using LSTMs,” 2022 7th International Conference on Data Science and Machine Learning Applications (CDMA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2022, pp. 79-84, doi: 10.1109/CDMA54072.2022.00018.
  • K. Katterbauer, A. Marsala, R. Alyami, R. Al-Zaidy. “An overview of natural language processing driven approaches toward assisted formation evaluation interpretation”. OG4IR/ICSNC conference. (2020)
  • Rabah A. Al Zaidy, Marcelo G. Armentano, Antonela Tommasel, Ludovico Boratto, and C. Lee Giles. “Second International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery and User Modeling for Smart Cities (UMCit 2019)” . European Conference on Machine Learning. 2019.
  • Rabah Alzaidy, Cornelia Caragea, and C. Lee Giles. 2019. Bi-LSTM-CRF Sequence Labeling for Keyphrase Extraction from Scholarly Documents. In The World Wide Web Conference (WWW ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2551–2557.
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-2437/5416

Location: Bldg. 5, Rm. 427

Dr. Manal Thawab Al-Otaibi

Assistant Professor, CIPR

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Texas A& M University, Texas, USA – 2016
  • M.S., Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia – 2016
  • B.S., Mathematics, Umm Alqura University, Taif, Saudi Arabia – 2001

Research Interests

  • Applied mathematics
  • Numerical methods
  • Computational mathematics
  • Multiscale methods for fluid flow in porous media

Selected Publications

  • M. Alotaibi and D. Mashat. A Fast algorithm to solve Bitsadze equation in the unit disc, Applied Mathematics, 2011, 2, 118-122
  • M. Alotaibi, Y. Efendiev, V. Calo, J. Galvis, and M. Ghommem. Global–local nonlinear model reduction for flows in heterogeneous porous media. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 292:122–137, 2015.
  • M. Alotaibi and E. Chung. Global–local model reduction for heterogeneous Forchheimer flow. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics321, pp.160-184.,2017
  • M. Alotaibi, S. Sun and H. Chen. Generalized multiscale finite element methods for the reduced model of Darcy flow in fractured porous media. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • M. Alotaibi, and R. Weijermars, “Asymptotic Solutions for Multi-Hole Problems: Plane Strain Versus Plane Stress Boundary Conditions in Borehole Applications”, in Drilling Engineering and Technology – Recent Advances, New Perspectives and Applications. London, United Kingdom: IntechOpen, 2022 [Online]. https://www.intechopen.com/online-first/82649 doi: 10.5772/intechopen.105048
  • M. Alotaibi, S. Alotaibi and R. Weijermars, Flow Simulations in Porous Media with Pressure-Controlled Well-Systems using the Closed-Form Gaussian Pressure Transient Method, Fluids, 2023
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.
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