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Dr. Theis Ivan Solling

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

Location: PEGTC, Rm. 1020

Dr. Theis Ivan Solling

Oilfield Chemistry, Program Leader, CIPR

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

Educational Qualification

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

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

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

Awards & Honors

  • Professor of the Year, Department of Chemistry, 2017
  • Torkild Holms Foundation. Young Researcher Award 
  • Danish Universities/JSPS: Denmark-Japan Researcher Exchange Award
Tel: +966 013 860 4391
Fax: +966 013 860 3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2035

Dr. Jack Dvorkin

Geophysics/Petrophysics & Geomechanics, Program Leader, CIPR

1989-2017: Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University, Geophysics.  Developed most of the currently used theoretical rock physics models.  Developed physics-based interpretation of seismic impedance inversion data for porosity, mineralogy, and pore fluid.  Rock physics of gas hydrate deposits.  Theoretical models for attenuation and velocity dispersion of seismic waves.  Pore pressure prediction from seismically derived attributes.  Tectonophysics.  Computational rock physics.  Advised over 20 graduate Ph.D. and M.S students.  Managed grants with NSF, DOE, US Airforce, US Army.

1998-2007:  Principal Advisor, Rock Solid Images, Houston.  Introduced and developed the technology of rock physics diagnostics.  Introduced rock physics templates.  Over 20 case studies for rock physics-based characterization of reservoir and non-reservoir rocks.

2007-Present:  Principal Advisor, Ingrain, Houston (now Halliburton).  Computation of permeability and elastic properties of rocks from micro CT images, 3D and 2D.  Six U.S. patents.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. (Continuum Mechanics), 1980; M.S. and B.Sc. (Continuum Mechanics), 1974, both from Moscow Lomonosov University (USSR).

Research Interests

  • Theoretical rock physics and its links with laboratory and field experiments. 
  • Interpretation of seismic data for volumetric rock properties:  porosity, mineralogy, fluid content. 
  • Effect of spatial scale on rock physics relations. 
  • Computational rock physics:  “image and compute.”

Selected Publications

  • Kerimov, A., Mavko, G., Mukerji, T., and Dvorkin, J., 2019, Static and dynamic effective moduli of elastic-perfectly plastic granular aggregates under normal compression, Geophysics, 84, MR185-MR194.
  • Dvorkin, J., and Alabbad, A., 2019, Velocity-porosity-mineralogy trends in chalk and consolidated carbonate rocks, Geophysical Journal International, 219, 662-671.
  • Muqtadir, A., Al-Dughaimi, S., Kandil, M.E., Ali, A., and Dvorkin, J.P., 2019, Elastic and mechanical properties of dune sand:  Experiments and models, JGR Solid Earth, 124, 7978-7992.
  • Monachesi, L.B, Wollner, U., and Dvorkin, J.P., 2020, Effective pore fluid bulk modulus at patchy saturation:  An analytic study, JGR Solid Earth, 125, 1-12.
  • Muqtadir, A., Al-Dughaimi, S., and Dvorkin, J.P., 2020, Deformation of granular aggregates:  Static and dynamic bulk moduli, JGR Solid Earth, 125, 1-12.

Awards & Honors

  • Senior Scientist in Mechanics of Deformable Rigid Body, USSR, 1987.
  • Keynote speaker and invited lecturer worldwide:  Canada, Norway, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Italy, Australia.
  • SEG Honorary Member Award, 2014.
  • ENI Award, New Frontiers of Hydrocarbon – Upstream Section, for Pioneering innovations in theoretical and practical rock physics for seismic reservoir characterization, 2014.
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.
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