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Dr. Kion Norrman

Tel: +966 (013) 860-7242
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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.
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-5623

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2013

Dr. Fernando Alonso Marroquin

Research Scientist I, CIPR

I enjoy working in numerical simulations, but I try not to let my mind be replaced by the CPU of the computer. This is why I prefer analytical calculations

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., in Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany – 2004
  • M.S., (equivalent) in Mathematical Engineering (Modelling and Simulation), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, 2000
  • B.S., in Physics (Quantum Mechanics), National University of Colombia, Colombia 1997

Research Interests

  • Granular Materials
  • Discrete-Continuum modelling of Geomaterials
  • Fractional, Nonlinear Stochastic Processes
  • Synergesis in Complex Systems

Selected Publications

  • Yupeng Jiang, Peter Mora, Hans J Herrmann, and Fernando Alonso-Marroquín. Damage separation model: A replaceable particle method based on strain energy field. Physical Review E, volume 104, page 045311. APS, 2021
  • 2021 Fernando Alonso-Marroquin and Peter Mora. Beverloo law for hopper flow derived from self-similar profiles. Granular Matter, volume 23, pages 1–8. Springer, 2021
  • Yupeng Jiang, Fernando Alonso-Marroquín, Hans J Herrmann, and Peter Mora. Particle fragmentation based on strain energy field. Granular Matter, volume 22, pages 1–10. Springer, 2020
  • Federico Maggi and Fernando Alonso-Marroquin. Multiphase capillary flows. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, volume 42, pages 62–73. Elsevier, 2012
  • Fernando Alonso-Marroquín. Static equations of the cosserat continuum derived from intra-granular stresses. Granular matter, volume 13, pages 189–196. Springer, 2011
  • F Alonso-Marroquin. Spheropolygons: A new method to simulate conservative and dissipativeinteractions between 2d complex-shaped rigid bodies. EPL (Europhysics Letters), volume 83, page 14001. IOP Publishing, 2008
  • F Alonso-Marroquin, I Vardoulakis, Hans Jürgen Herrmann, D Weatherley, and P Mora. Effect of rolling on dissipation in fault gouges. Physical Review E, volume 74, page 031306. APS, 2006.
  • F Alonso-Marroquin, S Luding, HJ Herrmann, and I Vardoulakis. Role of anisotropy in the elastoplastic response of a polygonal packing. Physical Review E, volume 71, page 051304. APS, 2005.

Awards & Honors

  • Fundacion Horizontes Prize, National University of Colombia, 1999
  • Ioannis Vardoulakis Prize, ALERT Geomaterials, 2006
  • European Union Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004-2005, European Research Council,
  • Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007-2011,Australian Research Council
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. 78, Rm. 1024

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.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3240
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2029

Dr. Abduljamiu Olalekan Amao

Research Scientist II, CIPR

Dr. Amao is a Research Scientist working on modern benthic foraminifera in the Arabian Gulf, with focus on sampling whole communities along environmental gradients to understand ecological structures and environmental change. He has other interests in applied mineralogy and big data statistics

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geology (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia).
  • M.S., Environmental Sciences (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia).
  • B.S., Biology (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria).

Research Interests

  • Micropaleontology and Biostratigraphy
  • Statistics and Applied Mineralogy
  • Applied Marine Geology

Selected Publications

  • Amao, A. O., Qurban, M. A., Kaminski, M. A., Joydas, T. V., Manikandan, P. K., & Frontalini, F. (2020). Dataset showing the abundance and distribution of benthic foraminifera in relation to marine sediment parameters from western Arabian Gulf. Data in brief, 28, 105014.
  • Amao, A. O., Qurban, M. A., Kaminski, M. A., Joydas, T. V., Manikandan, P. K., & Frontalini, F. (2019). A baseline investigation of benthic foraminifera in relation to marine sediments parameters in western parts of the Arabian Gulf. Marine pollution bulletin146, 751-766.
  • Wilson, B, P Farfan, L Hayek, M Kaminski, Amao O, and C Hughes (2019). Agglutinated and planktonic foraminifera of the Nariva Formation, Central Trinidad, as indicators of its age and paleoenvironment. Micropaleontology.
  • Amao, A. O., Kaminski, M. A., Rostami, M. A., Gharaie, M. H. M., Lak, R., & Frontalini, F. (2018). Distribution of benthic foraminifera along the Iranian coast. Marine Biodiversity, 1-14.
  • Amao, A. O., Kaminski, M. A., & Babalola, L. (2018). Benthic Foraminifera in Hypersaline Salwa Bay (saudi Arabia): An Insight into Future Climate Change in the Gulf Region? Journal of Foraminiferal Research48(1), 29-40.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-5144

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2024

Dr. Manzar Fawad

Research Scientist II, CIPR

Dr. Manzar Fawad received his M.Sc. in Applied Geology from the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan, an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geosciences from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology [NTNU], and a Ph.D. in Experimental Rock Physics from the University of Oslo, Norway. He is a multidisciplinary geoscientist with more than 25 years of petroleum geoscience, research, and consulting experience. As a Researcher with the University of Oslo, he recently completed a project, “OASIS,” related to a CO2 storage site “Smeaheia” in the northern North Sea (with grants from the Research Council of Norway).

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. from University of Oslo, Norway
  • M.S. Petroleum Geosciences from NTNU, Norway
  • M.S. Applied Geology from University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan

Research Interests

  • Rock Physics/ Petrophysics
  • Quantitative Seismic
  • Reservoir and Seal Characterization
  • CO2 sequestration

Selected Publications

  • Fawad, M. and Mondol, N.H. 2022. Monitoring geological storage of CO2 using a new rock physics model. Scientific Reports, 12, 1–11.
  • Fawad, M., Rahman, M.J. and Mondol, N.H. 2021. Seismic reservoir characterization of potential CO2 storage reservoir sandstones in Smeaheia area, Northern North Sea. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 108812.
  • Fawad, M. and Mondol, N.H. 2021. Monitoring geological storage of CO2: a new approach. Scientific Reports, 11, 1–9.
  • Fawad, M., Hansen, J.A. and Mondol, N.H. 2020. Seismic-fluid detection-a review. Earth-Science Reviews, 103347.
  • Fawad, M., Mondol, N.H., Baig, I. and Jahren, J. 2020. Diagenetic-related flat spots within the Paleogene Sotbakken Group in the vicinity of the Senja Ridge, Barents Sea. Petroleum Geoscience, 26, 373–385.

Awards & Honors

  • Gold Medal in MSc Applied Geology from the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2927
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2021

Dr. Safwat Abdel-Azeim

Research Scientist II, CIPR

Dr. Safwat Abdel-Azeim received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from Paris XI University in Molecular Physical Chemistry, 2008 and 2004, respectively. Before joining KFUPM, in February 2017, he was a research associate at KAUST, Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC). His main expertise is Molecular dynamics simulations, Density Functional Theory (DFT), and, the hybrid method between quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics (QM/MM).  He has abroad research experience including bio-molecules modeling, surface chemistry, NMR simulation, reaction kinetics, and, polymer modeling. At CIPR, he is interested in EOR (chemical) related research mainly colloid stability and wettability alteration.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Paris-Sud XI, France, 2008. MSc. Physical Chemistry, University of Paris-Sud XI France, 2004.
  • DES Non-organic Chemistry, Cairo University, Egypt, 2000.
  • BS, Chemistry, Cairo University, Egypt, 1997.

Research Interests

  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (chemical) & Rational design of new potent surfactants & Nano-particles applications in EOR
  • Modelling of organic photovoltaic and COF polymers using Molecular Dynamics Simulations and DFT.
  • Modelling of chemical reactions in the complex systems (Bio-catalysis).
  • Modelling of molecular interactions (protein-ligand, RNA/DNA-ligand and Protein-DNA interactions).

Selected Publications

  • Mohamed M. EL-Deeb, Hamed M. Alshammari and Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Effect of Ortho-Substituted Aniline on the Corrosion Protection of Aluminum in 2M H2SO4 Solution, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Feb, 13 (2017).
  • S. Matthew Menke, Aditya Sadhanala, Mark Nikolka, Niva A. Ran, Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Hannah, L. Stern, Ming Wang, Henning Sirringhaus, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Jean-Luc Brédas, Guillermo C. Bazan, and Richard H. Friend. Limits for Recombination in a Low Energy Loss Organic Heterojunction, ACS Nano, (2016), 10 (12), 10736–10744.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Abdesslem Jedidi, Jorg Eppinger and Luigi Cavallo, Mechanistic Insights on the Reductive Dehydroxylation Pathway for the Biosynthesis of Isoprenoids Promoted by the IspH Enzyme, Chemical Science, (2015),6, 5643-5651.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Romina Oliva, Edrisse Chermak, Raimondo De Cristofaro and, Luigi Cavallo, Molecular Dynamics characterization of five pathogenic factor X mutants associated with decreased catalytic activity. Biochemistry, (2014), 53 (44), 6992.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Edrisse Chermak, Anna Vangone, Romina Oliva, and Luigi Cavallo, MDcons: Intermolecular contact maps as a tool to analyze the interface of protein complexes from molecular dynamics trajectories, BMC Bioinformatics, (2014), 15 (Suppl 5):S1
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, X. Li, L. W. Chung and K. Morokuma, Zinc-Homocysteine Binding in Cobalamin-Dependent Methionine Synthase and its Role in the Substrate Activation: DFT, ONIOM and QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Studies, Journal of Computational Chemistry, (2011), 30;32(15):3154.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, “Protein ligand binding interactions – ONIOM and molecular mechanics studies” VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (21 July 2010).

Awards & Honors

  • CREST Post Doc fellowship, Kyoto University, Japan, 2008/09.
  • SIDACTION Post Doc fellowship, ENS-Cachan, France, 2009/11.
  • KAUST Post Doc fellowship, 2012/14.
  • CECAM-HQ-EPFL fellow to attend tutorial on Hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) Approaches to Biochemistry and Beyond, 2013.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2908
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2022

Dr. Ben Mansour Dia

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Ben received M.Sc. and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics from Gaston Berger University and then Ph.D. in 2012.  His doctoral studies had been taken place jointly at Gaston Berger University and at the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm.  He joined CPG in October 2017 as Research Scientist III. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Raul Tempone at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology).  His work, at KAUST, is centered on stochastic optimal control, Bayesian Experimental Design, and is applied to a wide range of engineering problems like EOR, failures detection in composite materials, and Social Interactions.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Gaston Berger University/Royal Institute of Technology
  • M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Gaston Berger University
  • M.S. in Applied Maths and Computer Science, Gaston Berger University.

Research Interests

  • Uncertainty Quantification: Sampling techniques, Bayesian Experimental Design
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics: 2-D shallow water flow, Two phase flow
  • Control Theory & Applications : flow stabilization, optimal control of SDE
  • Numerical Analysis: Finite Elements Method, Variational Multi-Scale formulation

Selected Publications

  • Joakim Beck, Ben Mansour Dia, Luis FR Espath, Quan Long, Raul tempone, Fast Bayesian experimental design: Laplace-based importance sampling for the expected information gain, 2017, arXiv:1710.03500.
  • Ben Mansour Dia, Jesper Oppelstrup, Stabilizing local boundary conditions for 2d shallow water equations, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 2017, Vol. 9(9) 1–11.
  • Tomas Chacon Rebollo, Ben Mansour Dia,  Variational Multi-Scale method with spectral approximation of the sub-scales: Application to 1-d convection-diffusion equation, Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg 285 (2015) 406-426.
  • Dario Bauso, Ben Mansour Dia, Boualem Djehiche, Hamidou Tembine and Raul Tempone, Mean Field Games for Marriage,  PLOS ONE 9(5): e94933, 2014.
  • Ben Mansour Dia,Exponential Stability of shallow water equations with time dependent boundary action, Int. J. Dynam. Control (2014) 2:247–253.
  • Ben Mansour Dia and Jesper Oppelstrup, Boundary feedback control of 2-D shallow water equations, J. Dynam. Control (2013) 1:41–53.

Awards & Honors

  • International Science Programme (ISP, Uppsala University) fellowship, 2009 – 
  • Institute of Mathematics of the University of Sevilla (IMUS) fellowship, 2010.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-1369

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2027

Dr. Liu Xu

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Xu Liu joint CIPR/KFUPM on September, 2017 as Research Scientist III.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
  • M.S. degree in Geophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China.
  • B.S. degree in Geophysics from the Chengdu University of Technology, China.

Research Interests

  • Numerical modelling of seismic waves in reservoir;
  • Seismic, magnetotelluric data processing and inversion;
  • Resistivity and IP inversion.

Selected Publications

  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., Zhou B. and Li H.J., 2019. Explicit Q expressions for inhomogeneous P and SV waves in isotropic viscoelastic media. The Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, DOI: 10.1093/jge/gxz106, in pressing
  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., 2019. Fitting viscoelastic mechanical models to seismic attenuation and velocity dispersion observations and applications to full waveform modelling. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.219, 1741-1756. DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggz395.
  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., 2019. Frequency-domain FD with an adaptable NPML boundary condition for poro-viscoelastic wave upscaled form effective Biot theory. Geophysics, Vol.84(4), WA59-WA70. DOI: 10.1190/GEO2018-0372.1
  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., Zhou B. and Greenhalgh M., 2019. Frequency-domain seismic wave modelling in heterogeneous porous media using the mixed-grid finite-difference method. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.216, 34-54. DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggy410.
  • Liu Xu, Greenhalgh S., Zhou B. and Greenhalgh M., 2018. Effective Biot theory and its generalization to poroviscoelastic models. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.212, 1255-1273. DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggx460.

Awards & Honors

  • Ludger Mintrop Award 2013 presented to Greenhalgh S., Liu Xu, and Zhou B by European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers for the paper entitled ‘Velocity and attenuation dispersion relations for the effective Biot model: total-field formulation’ published in Near Surface Geophysics, Vol.10, pp.197-
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