CPG

Dr. John D. Humphrey

Tel: +966 (013) 860-7982
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2251

Dr. John D. Humphrey

Acting Chairman, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. John D. Humphrey is Associate Professor and Acting Chairman of the Department of Geosciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. His appointment is in the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG). He has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Vermont, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University in Geological Sciences. He served on the faculty of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1986 to 1991. Beginning in 1991, Dr. Humphrey was an Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. He served as Department Head from 2006 to 2013. He joined CPG-KFUPM in early 2017. He teaches courses in physical geology, field geology, carbonate sedimentology, and carbonate diagenesis. His areas of specialization include carbonate diagenesis and geochemistry, carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy, carbonate reservoir characterization, unconventional carbonate reservoirs, stable isotope geochemistry, and paleoclimatology. His current research focuses on all aspects of carbonate mudrocks in unconventional petroleum systems, including Mesozoic source rocks of Saudi Arabia.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1987.
  • M.Sc., Geology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1987.
  • B.S. (cum laude), Geology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 1982.

Research Interests

  • Characterization of carbonate diagenesis, dolomitization, water-rock interaction, and carbonate geochemistry.
  • Unconventional resource petroleum systems.
  • Applications of carbonate diagenesis to petroleum reservoir characterization.
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy of carbonate sediments and rocks.
  • Applications of stable isotopes to diagenetic, environmental, hydrologic, and paleoclimatic problems.
  • Synergism between Quaternary sea-level history and carbonate diagenesis.
  • Paleoclimatology.

Selected Publications

  • Radwan, O.A., Dogan, A.U., Morsy, M.A., Kaminski, M.A., Humphrey, J.D., and Christiansen, E.H., 2021 (in press), One-step versus two-step dolomite calcitization (dedolomitization): Differences and inferences; Geosciences Journal, v. 25, p.
  • Hussain, M., Amao, A., Al-Ramadan, K., Babalola, L., and Humphrey, J., 2020, Utilization of geochemical signatures for unconventional reservoir characterization, Saudi Arabia; ADIPEC, SPE-203212-MS, p. 1-11 (conference paper).
  • Chan, S.A., Hassan, A.M., Humphrey, J.D., Mahmoud, M.A., Abdulraheem, A., 2020, Evaluation of brittleness index based on mineral composition prediction using artificial neural network; ARMA/DGS/SEG International Geomechanics Symposium 20-64, p. 1-6 (conference paper).
  • Al Ibrahim, M., Sarg, J.F., Hurley, N.F., Cantrell, D., and Humphrey, J.D., 2017, Depositional environments and sequence stratigraphy of carbonate mudrocks using conventional geologic observations, multi-scale electrofacies visualization and geochemical analysis: The case of the Tuwaiq Mountain and Hanifa Formations in a basinal setting, Saudi Arabia; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 101, p. 683-704: 10.1306/08051615221.
  • Winkelstern, I.Z., Kaczmarek, S.E., Lohmann K.C, and Humphrey, J.D., 2016, Calibration of dolomite clumped isotope thermometry; Chemical Geology: Isotope Geoscience Section.
  • Hendrickson, M., Hitzman, M., Wood, D., Humphrey, J., and Wendlandt, R., 2015, Geology of the Fishtie deposit, Central Province, Zambia: iron oxide and copper mineralization in Nguba Group sedimentary rocks; Mineralium Deposita, v. 50, p. 717-737, doi: 1007/s00126-014-0570-z
  • Price, J.B., Hitzman, M.W., Nelson, E.P., Humphrey, J.D., Johnson, C.A., 2014, Wall-rock alteration, structural control, and stable isotope systematics of the high-grade copper orebodies of the Kennecott district, Alaska; Economic Geology, v. 109, p. 581-620, doi:10.2113/econgeo.109.3.581.
  • Sarg, J.F., Tanavasuu, K., Suriamin, N., and Humphrey, J.D., 2013, Lithofacies, stable isotopic composition, and stratigraphic evolution of microbial and associated carbonates, Green River Formation, Piceance Creek Basin, Colorado; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 97, p. 1937-1966.

Awards & Honors

  • CSM Alumni Teaching Award, 2014
  • CSM Alumni Teaching Award, 1998
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1997
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1982-1986
  • Sigma Xi, Brown University, 1984 (full member, 1986)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Brown University, Spring 1984
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Vermont, 1982
  • Charles G. Doll Award for Excellence in Geology, University of Vermont, 1982
Tel: +966 (013) 860-7175
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2139

Dr. Khalid A. H. Al-Ramadan

Associate Professor, Program Director, 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) 860-3879
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2145

Dr. SanLinn I. Kaka

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator, CPG Student Affairs Office, Department of Geosciences

Dr. SANLINN I. KAKA received his Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences from Carleton University,  Ottawa, Canada in 2006. Currently, he is a faculty member and graduate coordinator in the Department of Geosciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. His research interests are in the areas of engineering seismology, reservoir characterization and monitoring, ground-motions relations and near-surface geophysics. His recent research focuses on applications of microseismic monitoring systems, enhancement, detection and localization of microseismic events as well as understanding fracture growth and the role of pre-existing fractures during multi-stage hydraulic fracture stimulation of shale gas reservoirs

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2006.

Research Interests

  • Application of advanced signal processing techniques
  • Analysis of microseismic data for reservoir monitoring and characterization
  • Near surface geophysics
  • Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis & Empirical ground motion relations

Selected Publications

  • S L Kaka, “Stress Mechanism of Microseismic Events During Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation for Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs”, 82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition  (1), 1-14, 2020.
  • Sağır, Ç., Kurtuluş, B., Soupios, P., Ayrancı, K., Düztaş, E., Aksoy, M.E., Avşar, Ö.,Erdem, G.,  Pekkan, E., Canoğlu, M.C., Kaka, S.I., Razack, M, “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   12, 3343, 2020.
  • Dmitry Alexandrov, Leo Eisner, Umair bin Waheed, SanLinn I. Kaka and Stewart Alan Greenhalgh, “Detection, location and source mechanism determination with large noise variations in surface microseismic monitoring”, Geophysics, 85 (6), 1-37, 2020.
  • Dmitry Alexandrov, Leo Eisner, SanLinn Kaka, Stewart Greenhalgh and Umair ben Waheed, “Normal faulting activated by hydraulic fracturing: A case study from the Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas, USA” accepted, the Leading Edge, 39 (3), 204-211. 2020.
  • RC Sidle, B Jarihani, S L I Kaka, J Koci, A Al-Shaibani, “ Hydrogeomorphic processes affecting dryland gully erosion: Implications for modelling”, Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment 43 (1), 46-64, 2019.
  • RC Sidle, AM Al‐Shaibani, S L I Kaka, “Geomorphic hazards in south‐west Saudi Arabia: The human–environmental nexus”, Area 51 (4), 670-680, 2019.
  • N Iqbal, B Liu, M Deriche, A Al-Shuhail, S L Kaka, A Zerguine,  “Blind noise estimation and denoising filter for recovery of microquake signals”, Exploration Geophysics 50 (5), 502-513, 2019.
  • M Al‐Marzooq, MS Diallo, V Etienne, T Tonellot, S L I Kaka, “Mitigating the effects of sand dunes on seismic data from the Rub al Khali basin, Saudi Arabia”, Geophysical Prospecting 67 (7), 1825-1837, 2019.
  • AO Adelu, AA Aderemi, AO Akanji, OA Sanuade, S L I Kaka, O Afolabi, “Application of 3D static modeling for optimal reservoir characterization”, Journal of African Earth Sciences 152, 184-196, 2019.
  • N Iqbal, A . Zerguine, A. Al-Shuhail and S. Kaka, “Blind noise estimation and denoising filter for recovery of microquake signals”, Exploration Geophysics, 50 (5), 502-531, 2019.
  • Ashadi A and S. I. Kaka, “Ground-Motion Relations for Subduction-Zone Earthquakes in Java Island, Indonesia”, AJSE, 44 (1), 449-465,  2018.
  • Iqbal , E. Liu, J.H. McClellan, A. A. Al-Shuhail, S. I. Kaka and A . Zerguine “Detection and Denoising of Microseismic Events using Tensor Decomposition and Time-frequency Representation”, IEEE Access 6, 22993-23006, 2018.

Awards & Honors

  • Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator (Geosciences) / Head, CPG Student Affairs
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Science and Technology for Exploration and Production Solutions (STEPS)
Tel: +966 (013) 860-7643 / 8317
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2131

Dr. Bassam S. Tawabini

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Bassam has been an associate professor at Geosciences Department at CPG, KFUPM since 2007 in addition to his incumbency as an Acting Director, Environment and Sustainability Section, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Dept. KFUPM since 2014. From 1987 till 2005 he had assumed the role of Senior Research Engineer, Center for Environment and Water (CEW), Research Institute, KFUPM. Between 2005 – 07 he was appointed as Manager of Central Analytical Laboratory (CAL), Center for Environment and Water (CEW), Research Institute, KFUPM.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Water Resources & Environmental Engineering), KFUPM, KSA, 2002.
  • High Diploma, “Sustainable Development” Middle East University at Boston College, Boston, USA, 2001.
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 1987.
  • B.Sc., (Hons.), Civil Engineering. KFUPM, KSA, 1984.

Research Interests

  • Investigating the fate of pollutants in the water, wastewater, marine, air, and soil
  • Assessment, monitoring, and treatment of water, soils, and air contaminated with hazardous pollutants.
  • Developing innovative treatment technologies for industrial wastewater using electrochemical –based treatment technologies.
  • Developing advanced oxidation and photocatalytic technologies for the ex-situ and in-situ remediation of groundwater contaminated with trace metals and hydrocarbons using the combination of UV, H2O2, TiO2, Cl2, and O3.
  • Developing novel nano-based synthetic adsorbents (i.e. Graphene, CNTs, CNFs, TiO2…etc.) and natural adsorbents (i.e. fly ash, sewage sludge) for the removal of pollutants from the environment.
  • Developing advanced technologies for remediation of contaminated sites with hydrocarbons and trace metals using bio-treatment and phytoremediation technologies
  • Developing novel for the removal of trace metals and hydrocarbons from contaminated environment.
  • Assessing the fate of the Disinfection By-products (DBPs) formation using chlorine (Cl2), ozone (O3), and chlorine dioxide (ClO2).
  • Assessing the spatial distribution of air pollutants (NOx, SOx, PMs, VOCs…etc.) and soil pollutants (heavy/trace metals) in the Arabian Gulf region.
  • Developing best practices and methods for the management of municipal, industrial and hazardous wastes.
  • Assessing the sustainable utilization of natural resources (i.e. water, soil, energy, minerals, and biota)

Selected Publications

  • Bassam S. Tawabini, Ole J. Nielsen and Theis I. Sølling. Theoretical study of hydroxyl radical (OH·) induced decomposition of tert-butyl methyl ether (MTBE). Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts – EM-ART-12-2019-000588 (ISI, Q2, IF = 3.238).
  • S. Tawabin, K. V. Plakas and A. J. Karabelas. A pilot study of BTEX removal from highly saline waters by an advanced electrochemical process. Journal of Water Process Engineering 37 (2020) 101472. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101427. (ISI, Q1, IF = 3.47).
  • Tajudeen A. Oyehan, Fatai A. Olabemiwo, Bassam S. Tawabini, Tawfik A. Saleh (2020). The capacity of mesoporous fly ash grafted with ultrathin film of polydiallyldimethyl ammonium for enhanced removal of phenol from aqueous solutions. Journal of Cleaner Production. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121280. (ISI, Q1, IF = 7.05).
  • Abid Khogali , Peter Birkle, Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani, Martin Keller, Bassam Tawabini and Mohammad Makkawi. Geochemical Assessment of Potential Sources for Nitrate in the Wasia Aquifer, Al Kharj Area, Central Saudi Arabia. Water 2020, 12, 1479; doi:10.3390/w12051479. (ISI, Q2, IF = 2.52 ).
  • Amjad Khalil; Bassam Abu Baker; Bassam Tawabini; Mazen Nazal; Jameel Al-Thaqfi (2020).. Efficiency of Thermophilic Bacteria in Wastewater Treatment. Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering (AJSE), https://doi.org/10.1007/s13369-020-04830-x (ISI, Q3, IF = 1.71 ).
  • M. Siddiq · B. S. Tawabini · P. Soupios · D. Ntarlagiannis. 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. (ISI, Q2, IF = 2.54).

Research Profile – Google Scholar

  • Citations        1033
  • h-index          15
  • i10-index       22

Extended Publications (+)

  • A. Liadi, B. Tawabini, R. Shawabkeh, N. Jaraah, A. Shaibani and M. Makkawi. The Potentials of Sewage Sludge-Derived Activated Carbon in Treating the MTBE-contaminated Water. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2018) Oct;25(29):29397-29407. doi: 10.1007/s11356-018-2737-0. Epub 2018 Aug 20. (ISI, Q2, IF = 2.914)
  • Akeem O. Bello, Bassam S. Tawabini, Amjad B. Khalil, Christopher R. Bolandand Tawfik A. Saleh. Phytoremediation of cadmium-, lead- and nickel-contaminated water by Phragmites australis in hydroponic systems. Ecological Engineering 120 (2018). Pages 126-133. September 2018. (ISI, Q2, IF= 3.4)
  • Akere Taiwo Hassana, Karuppasamy Manikandanb, BassamTawabini, Chanbasha Basheera, Krishnakumar Periyadanb, Mohammed Qurban. Assessment of the organotin pollution in the coastal sediments of the Western Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia. Marine Pollution Bulletin journal 139 (2019) 174-180. (ISI, Q1, IF = 3.78).
  • Sudibyo S.Sardi, Mohammed A.Qurban, Wenzhao Li, Krishnakumar P. Kadinjappalli, Karuppasamy Manikandana Mustafa M.Haririb, Bassam S. Al-Tawabini, Amjad B.Khalil, Hesham El-Askary. Assessment of areas environmentally sensitive to oil spills in the Western Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, for planning and undertaking an effective response. Marine Pollution Bulletin (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110588.  (ISI Q1, IF = 3.782).
  • Mohammed Al Otaibi, Ashraf Farahat, Bassam Tawabini, Hafidz Omar, Emad Ramadan, Abdelgadir Abuelgasim, and Ramesh P. Singh (2019). Long-Term Aerosol Trends and Variability over Central Saudi Arabia Using Optical Characteristics from Solar Village AERONET Measurements. Atmosphere 10(12):752.
  • Abideen O. Salawudeen, Bassam S. Tawabini, Abdulaziz M. Al-Shaibani, Tawfik A. Saleh (2020). Poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) grafted graphene oxide for cadmium removal from water with Interaction mechanisms. Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management. Volume 13, May 2020, 100288.

 

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ixanLJ4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=6508032548

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0096-2723

Awards & Honors

  • Award for obtaining 3 US Patents, 2019
  • Best Teaching Award. College of Sciences, KFUPM. 2011.
  • Nominee for the Best Research Award. Center for Environment and Water, Research Institute, KFUPM, 2007.
  • Long Services Award, KFUPM. Dhahran, KSA. 1994.
  • Nominee for the Best Academic Advisor for the College of Petroleum and Geosciences (2016)
  • The 1st place at the 5th Saudi Water Arabia conference held between 17-19 of October 2017 in Saudi Arabia. The paper titled’ Assessment of Polyelectrolyte Coated Fly Ash for Cadmium Removal in Polluted Water”.

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1245

Dr. Scott Whattam

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. The University of Hong Kong
  • B.S. (Hons) Carleton University

Research Interests

  • Igneous Petrology
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Plate Tectonics

Selected Publications

  • Azizi, H., Daneshvar, N., Mohammad, A., Asahara, Y., Whattam, S.A., Tsuboi, M., & Minami, M., 2021. Early Miocene Post-Collision Andesite In The Takab Area, Northwest Iran. Journal Of Petrology, In Press.
  • Shervais, J.W., Reagan, M., Godard, Prytulak, J., Ryan, J.G. Pearce, J.A., Almeev, R.,Haugen, E., Chapman, T., Kurz, W., Nelson, W.R. Heaton, D., Kirchenbaur, M., Shimizu, K., Sakuyama, T., Vetter, S.K., Li, Y., &. Whattam, S.A., 2021. Magmatic Response To Subduction Initiation, Part II: Boninites And Related Rocks Of The Izu-Bonin Arc From IOPD Expedition 352, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), https://doi.org/10.1029/2020gc009093
  • Whattam, S.A., Shervais, J.W., Reagan, M.K., Coultard, D.A., Pearce, J.A., Jones, P.J., Seo, J., Putirka, K., Chapman, T., Heaton, D., Li, H., Nelson, W.R., Shimizu, K., & Stern, R.J., 2020. Mineral Compositions And Thermobarometry Of Basalts And Boninites Recovered During IODP Expedition 352 To The Bonin Forearc, American Mineralogist, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2020-6640.
  • Whattam, S.A. Montes, C., & Stern, R.J., 2020. Early Central American Forearc Follows The Subduction Initiation Rule, Gondwana Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/J.Gr.2019.10.002.
  • Pandey, D.K., Pandey, A. & Whattam, S.A., 2020. Reply To ‘Evidence For Simple Volcanic Rifting Not Complex Subduction Initiation In The Laxmi Basin’, Nature Communications, https://doi.org/10.1038/S41467-020-16570-5.
  • Moghadam, H. S., Stern, R.J., Griffin, W.L., Khedr, M.Z., Kirchenbaur, M., Ottley, C.J., Whattam, S.A., Kimura, J.-I., Ghorbani, G., Gain, S., O’Reilly, S.Y., & Tamura, A., 2019. Subduction Initiation And Back-Arc Opening North Of Neo-Tethys: Evidence From The Late Cretaceous Torbat-E-Heydarieh Ophiolite Of Ne Iran, Geological Society Of America Bulletin, https://doi.org/10.1130/B35065.1.
  • Pandey, D.K., Pandey, A. & Whattam, S.A., 2019. Discovery Of Relict Subduction Initiation In The Laxmi Basin, Northwest Indian Ocean, Nature Communications, https://doi.org/10.1038/S41467-019-10227-8.
  • Shervais, J.W., Reagan, M., Haugen, E., Almeev, R., Pearce, J.A., Prytulak, J., Ryan, J.G., Whattam, S.A., Godard, M., Chapman, T., Li, H., Kurz, W., Nelson, W.R. Heaton, D., Kirchenbaur, M., Shimizu, K., Sakuyama, T., Li, Y., & Vetter, S.K., 2019. Magmatic Response To Subduction Initiation, Part I: Fore-Arc Basalts Of The Izu-Bonin Arc From IODP Expedition 352, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), Doi: 10.1029/2018gc007731.

Extended Publications (+)

Tel: +966 (013) 860-​2195

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2219

Dr. Husam Baalousha

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Husam Baalousha is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geosciences, College of Petroleum and Geosciences (CPG), at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He earned his BSc Degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, his MSc Degree in Hydrological Engineering from Delft, the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) in Germany.   He also earned a HDR degree (Habilitation degree) in hydrogeology from the University of Strasbourg,

His work experience spans more than 25 years, where he fulfilled a wide variety of roles in academia, industry, and governmental institutions. His experiences include hydrogeology, geoscience, modelling, integrated water resources management, and environmental protection. He made more than 70 scholarly contributions including journal papers, books, conference proceedings, and book chapters.  Dr. Baalousha has completed projects in Germany, New Zealand, and in the Middle East. He is an Associate Editor of Hydrogeology Journal and Chief Editor of the International Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. He is a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MODSIM), and the New Zealand Hydrological Society (NZHS).

Educational Qualification

  • HDR., Hydrogeology, Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry, University of Strasbourg, France, 2020.
  • Ph.D., Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Germany, 2003
  • MSc., Hydrological Engineering, UNESCO IHE-Delft, The Netherlands, 1998.
  • BSC., Civil Engineering, Birzeit University, Palestine, 1996.

Research Interests

  • Hydrogeology.
  • Environmental management.
  • Vulnerability, and risk assessment.
  • Flow in porous media.
  • Numerical modelling.
  • Uncertainty analysis, and stochastic hydrogeology.

Selected Publications

  • Baalousha, H. M.; Tawabini, B.; Seers, T. D. Fuzzy or Non-Fuzzy? A Comparison between Fuzzy Logic-Based Vulnerability Mapping and DRASTIC Approach Using a Numerical Model. A Case Study from Qatar. Water 2021, 13 (9), 1288. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13091288.
  • Baalousha, H.; Fahs, M.; Ramasomanana, F.; Younes, A. Effect of Pilot-Points Location on Model Calibration: Application to the Northern Karst Aquifer of Qatar. Water 2019, 11 (4), 679. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11040679.
  • Younes, A.; Mara, T. A.; Voltz, M.; Guellouz, L.; Musa Baalousha, H.; Fahs, M. A New Efficient Bayesian Parameter Inference Strategy: Application to Flow and Pesticide Transport through Unsaturated Porous Media. Journal of Hydrology 2018, 563, 887–899. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.06.043.
  • Baalousha, H. M. Vulnerability, Probability and Groundwater Contamination Risk. Environmental Earth Sciences 2017, 76 (11). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-017-6634-5.
  • Baalousha, H. M. Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping of Qatar Aquifers. Journal of African Earth Sciences 2016, 124, 75–93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2016.09.017.

Extended Publications (+)

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Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2129

Dr. Abdulazeez Abdulraheem

Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Abdulazeez Abdulraheem is an Associate Professor focusing mainly on geomechanics and the applications of artificial intelligence in different areas of petroleum engineering.  Before joining the department, he has worked as a Research Engineer in the Research Institute at KFUPM for almost 18 years addressing field challenges in areas such as wellbore instability, sand production, and experimental rock mechanics.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, GPA 4.0/4.0, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. – 1994.
  • M.E., in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. – 1985.
  • B.E., in Civil Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. – 1983.

Research Interests

  • Geomechanics in Petroleum Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence applications in Petroleum Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Abdulraheem, A., M. Zaman, and J.-C. Roegiers (1993). A Finite Element Model for Ekofisk Field Subsidence, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol. 19, pp. 299-310.
  • Zaman, M., J.-C. Roegiers, A. Abdulraheem, and M. Azeemuddin (1994). Pore collapse in Weakly cemented and porous Rocks, ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, June, Vol. 116, pp. 97-103.
  • Hassan, H.M., Korvin, G., and A. Abdulraheem (2001). Fractal and Genetic Aspects of Khuff Reservoir Stylolites, Eastern Saudi Arabia.  Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering Journal.  27(2001): 29-56.
  • Korvin, G., Mohiuddin, M.A., A. Abdulraheem (2001).  Experimental Investigation of the Fractal Dimension of the Pore Surface of Sedimentary Rocks under Pressure.  Geophysical Transactions, 44 (2001): 3-19.
  • Mohiuddin, M.A., K. Khan, A. Abdulraheem, A. Al-Majed, and M.R. Awal (2007).  Analysis of wellbore instability in vertical, directional, and horizontal wells using field data. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering.  55 (2007). pp. 83-92.
  • M.A. Al-Marhoun, S. Nizamuddin, A.A. Abdul Raheem, S. Shujath Ali, A.A. Muhammadain. (2012).  Prediction of crude oil viscosity curve using artificial intelligence techniques. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 86-87 (2012) 111–117.
  • Anifowose F., J. Labadin, A. Abdulraheem, Ensemble Learning Model for Petroleum Reservoir Characterization: A Case of Feed-Forward Back-Propagation Neural Networks, In: Trends and Applications in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 7867, 2013, pp 71-82.
  • G. Korvin, Oleschko, K., and A. Abdulraheem (2013). A simple geometric model of sedimentary rock to connect transfer and acoustic properties. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. February 2013.
  • Ali, S.S., S. Nizamuddin, A. Abdulraheem, M. R. Hassan, M. E. Hossain. (2013).  Hydraulic unit prediction using support vector machine. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 110 (2013)  pp 243–252.
  • F. Anifowose, J. Labadin, and A. Abdulazeez. (2013). “A Least Square-driven Functional Networks Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Hybrid Model for Efficient Petroleum Reservoir Properties Prediction”, Neural Computing and Applications, DOI 10.1007/s00521-012-1298-2, 2013.
  • Ali, S.S., S. Nizamuddin, A. Abdulraheem, M. R. Hassan, M. E. Hossain. (2013). Hydraulic unit prediction using support vector machine, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering Volume 110, Pages 243-252.
  • Al-Marhoun, M. A., S. S. Ali, A. Abdulraheem, S. Nizamuddin, A. Muhammadain (2014) Prediction of bubble point pressure from composition of black oils using artificial neural network, Petroleum Science and Technology, 32:14, 1720-1728.
  • F. Anifowose, S. Adeniye and A. Abdulraheem (2014), “Recent advances in the application of computational intelligence techniques in oil and gas reservoir characterization: a comparative study”, Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 2014. doi = 10.1080/0952813X.2014.924577.
  • Anifowose, F., J. Labadin, A. Abdulraheem (2015). Ensemble Model of Non-linear Feature Selection-Based Extreme Learning Machine for Improved Natural Gas Reservoir Characterization. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering. doi:10.1016/j.jngse.2015.02.012.
  • Abdlmutalib, A, O. Abdullatif, G. Korvin, and Abdulraheem. (2015). The relationship between lithological and geomechanical properties of tight carbonate rocks from Upper Jubaila and Arab-D Member outcrop analog, Central Saudi Arabia. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. May 2015. DOI 10.1007/s12517-015-1957-6.
  • Adebayo, A. R.,  A. Abdulraheem, S.O. Olatunji. (2015). Artificial Intelligence Based.
  • A. Al-Ameri, A. Abdulraheem, M. Mahmoud. Long-Term Effects of CO2 Sequestration on Rock Mechanical Properties. Journal of Energy Resources Technology. J. Energy Resour. Technol 138(1), 012201 (Dec 01, 2015). Paper No: JERT-15-1186; doi: 10.1115/1.4032011.
  • Anifowose, F.A., J. Labadin, A. Abdulraheem (2016). Hybrid intelligent systems in petroleum reservoir characterization and modeling: the journey so far and the challenges ahead. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. doi:10.1007/s13202-016-0257-3. Jun. 2016.
  • Anifowose, F. S. Adeniye, A. Abdulraheem, A. Al-Shuhail (2016). Integrating seismic and log data for improved petroleum reservoir properties estimation using non-linear feature-selection based hybrid computational intelligence models. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 145. Sep. 2016. pp 230–237.
  • Elkatatny, S., M. Mahmoud, I. Mohamed, A. Abdulraheem (2017). Development of a new correlation to determine the static Young’s modulus. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. doi:10.1007/s13202-017-0316-4.
  • Elkatatny, S., Mahmoud, M., Z. Tariq, A. Abdulraheem.(2017) New insights into the prediction of heterogeneous carbonate reservoir permeability from well logs using artificial intelligence network. Neural Computing & Applications (2017). doi:10.1007/s00521-017-2850-x.
  • Elkatatny, S.M., Mahmoud, M.A., Mohamed, I., and Abdulraheem, A. 2017. Development of A New Correlation to Determine the Static Young’s Modulus”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, In Press.

Awards & Honors

  • 2003  Project Manager of the team awarded for Best Research Team Award of the Research Institute, KFUPM for the project, “Wellbore Instability – Khafji Reservoir (Phase II)”.
  • 2002 – Best Research Project Manager Award of the Research Institute, KFUPM for the project, “Wellbore Instability – Khafji Reservoir (Phase I)”.
  • 1999 – Project Manager of the team awarded for Best Research Team Award of the Research Institute, KFUPM for the project, “Rock Mechanics Study of Ghawar Khuff Reservoirs” (PN 21148).
  • 1999 – Member of the team for Best Short Course Award by KFUPM.
  • 1993 – Best paper award by “Indian Geotechnical Journal”.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2586
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Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2161

Dr. Abdullah Sultan

Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Sultan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering. His research group focuses on complex and reactive fluids to address problems in the oil and gas industry with a focus on enhanced oil/gas recovery, drilling fluids, well stimulation, gel, emulsions, and flow assurance. He established the Complex and Reactive Fluids (CRF) Lab at KFUPM. Dr. Sultan has numerous publications in refereed journals and conferences. He served as Director for the Center of Petroleum & Minerals, Research Institute at KFUPM (2010 – 2015), and Chairman for the Department of Petroleum Engineering (2012 – 2017).

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA, 2009.
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, KFUPM, KSA. 2004.
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2002.

Research Interests

Complex and Reactive Fluids for oil and gas applications.

Selected Publications

  • Abdulmajeeb T. Onawole, Ibnelwaleed Hussein, Abdullah S. Sultan, Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Mohamed Mahmoud, Mohammed A. Saad. (2019). Molecular and Electronic Structure Elucidation of Fe2+/Fe3+ complexed Chelators used in iron sulfides Scale removal in oil and gas wells. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol. 9999. DOI: 1002/cjce.23463
  • Mohammad H. AlqamSidqi A. Abu-KhamsinAbdullah S. SultanTaha M. Okasha, and Hasan O. Yildiz. (2019). Effect of Rock Mineralogy and Oil Composition on Wettability Alteration and Interfacial Tension by Brine and Carbonated Water. Energy Fuels, 2019, 33 (3), pp 1983–1989. DOI: 1021/acs.energyfuels.8b04143.
  • Abdullah Sultan. (2018). Stability of PAM/PEI emulsified gels under HTHS conditions for water shut-off treatment. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production (accepted). DOI: 1007/s13202-018-0597-2.
  • Lionel T. Fogang, Abdullah S. Sultan and Muhammad S. Kamal. (2018). Understanding viscosity reduction of a long-tail sulfobetaine viscoelastic surfactant by organic compounds. RSC Advances, Vol 8, pp 4455-4463. DOI: 1039/C7RA12538K.
  • Abdelhalim I. A. Mohamed, Ibnelwaleed A. Hussein, Abdullah S. Sultan*, and Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri. (2018). Gelation of Emulsified Polyacrylamide/Polyethylenimine under High-Temperature, High-Salinity Conditions: Rheological Investigation. Eng. Chem. Res.201857(36), pp 12278–12287. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b02571.
  • Abdelhalim I.A. Mohamed, Ibnelwaleed A. Hussein, Abdullah S. Sultan, Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri. (2018). Use of organoclay as a stabilizer for water-in-oil emulsions under high-temperature high-salinity conditions. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol: 160 pp: 302-312. DOI: 1016/j.petrol.2017.10.077.
  • Muhammad Shahzad Kamal, Ibnelwaleed Hussein, Mohamed Mahmoud, Abdullah S. Sultan, and Mohammed A.S. Saad. (2018). Oilfield scale formation and chemical removal: A review. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol: 171 pp: 127-139. DOI:1016/j.petrol.2018.07.037. ISI/Scopus:
  • A. Adewunmi, S. Ismail, and A. S. Sultan. (2018). Crosslinked Polyacrylamide Composite Hydrogels Impregnated with Fly Ash: Synthesis, Characterization and Their Application as Fractures Sealant for High Water Producing Zones in Oil and Gas Wells. Journal of Polymers and Environment, Vol 26(8), pp 3294-3306. DOI: 10.1007/s10924-018-1204-9. ISI/Scopus: Impact Factor: 1.971.
  • Mohammed Eliebid, Mohamed Mahmoud, Ibnelwaleed Hussein, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Reyad Shawabkeh, Abdullah Sultan, and Mohammed J. Al-Marri. (2018). Impact of Surfactant on the Retention of CO2and Methane in Carbonate Reservoirs. Energy Fuels, Vol 32 (4), pp 5355-5363. DOI: 1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00213.
  • Ahmad A. Adewunmi, Suzylawati Ismail, Taoreed O. Owolabi, Abdullah S. Sultan, Sunday O. Olatunji, Zulkifli Ahmad. (2018). Hybrid Intelligent Modelling of the Viscoelastic Moduli of Coal Fly Ash Based Polymer Gel System for Water Shutoff Treatment in Oil and Gas Wells. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (published online). DOI:/10.1002/cjce.23436.
  • Jun Li and Abdullah S. Sultan. (2017). Klinkenberg slippage effect in the permeability computations of shale gas by the pore-scale simulations. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Vol 48, pp 197-202. DOI: 1016/j.jngse.2016.07.041.
  • Abdelhalim I. A. Mohamed, Abdullah S. Sultan*, Ibnelwaleed A. Hussein, and Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri. (2017). Influence of Surfactant Structure on the Stability of Water-in-Oil Emulsions under High-Temperature High-Salinity Conditions. Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 2017, Article ID 5471376, 11 pages. DOI: 1155/2017/5471376.
  • Mohamed E. Kandil, Nayef M. Al-Saifi, Abdullah S. Sultan. (2016). Simulation and measurements of volumetric and phase behavior of carbon dioxide + higher alkanes at high pressure: CO2n-decane at temperatures (313–410) K and pressures up to 76 MPa. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 53, pp 198–206. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.07.045.

Awards & Honors

  • University Advising Award for the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (2018).
  • SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2018).
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