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Dr. Lamidi Olabode Babalola

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Tel: +966 (013) 860-​7444
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Location: Bldg. 15, Rm. 6130

Dr. Lamidi Olabode Babalola

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Babalola is an experienced geoscientist with a multidisciplinary background in geology, strong knowledge and competence in sedimentology, micropaleontology, palynology and environmental geochemistry. He possesses over 20 years of academic and industrial experience. He originally graduated in 1985 from The University of Ilorin, Nigeria with a BSC (Honors) in Geology and this was further supplemented with his graduation from KFUPM in 1999. In 2009, he secured a Ph.D. Geology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geology, Carleton University, Canada, 2009.
  • M.Sc., Geology, KFUPM, KSA, 1999.
  • M.S., Applied Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, 1992.
  • B.S., Geology, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, 1985.

Research Interests

Geology, Sedimentology, Micropaleontology, Palynology and Environmental Geochemistry.

Selected Publications

  • Abouelresh, M.O., Babalola, L.O., 2020, 2D spatial analysis of the natural fractures in the organic-rich Qusaiba Shal.e outcrop, NW Saudi Arabia. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering,186, 1-13, 106780
  • Abouelresh, M., Babalola, L., Bokhari, A., Omer, M., Koithan. K., and Boyde, D., 2020. Sedimentology, geochemistry and reservoir potential of the organic-rich Qusaiba Shale, Tabuk Basin, NW Saudi Arabia. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 111, 240-260.
  • Adebayo, A.R., Babalola, L.O., Hussaini, S.R., Alqubalee, A., and. Babu, R.S, 2019. Insight into the Pore Characteristics of a Saudi Arabian Tight Gas Sand Reservoir. Energies, 12(22).
  • Ismanto, A.W., Chan, S.A., Babalola, L.O., Kaminski, M.A., Al-Ramadan, K.A., Abdullatif, O.M., 2019. Microfacies, Biofacies, and Depositional Environments of the Bajocian-Bathonian Middle Dhruma Carbonates, Central Saudi Arabia. International Journal of earth Sciences,108(8), 2577–2601.
  • Abdelkarim, A.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Babalola, L.O., Makkawi, M.H., Yassin, M.A., 2019. High-resolution lithofacies and porosity modeling of the mixed siliciclastic–carbonate deposits of the Burdigalian Dam Formation, Eastern Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 108(1), 155-172.
  • Alqubalee, A., Abdullatif, Babalola, L., Makkawi, M., 2019. Characteristics of Paleozoic Tight Gas Sandstone Reservoir: Integration of Lithofacies, Paleoenvironments and Spectral Gamma Ray Analyses, Rub al Khali Basin, Saudi Arabia. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 12(11): 344 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-019-4467-0.
  • Alqubalee, A., Babalola, L., Abdullatif, O., and Makkawi, M., 2019, Factors Controlling Reservoir Quality of a Paleozoic Tight Sandstone, Rub’ al Khali Basin, Saudi Arabia: Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 44(7), 6489-6507.
  • Kaminski, M.A., Perdana, P., Abouelresh, M.O., and Babalola, L.O., 2019. Late Ordovician agglutinated foraminifera from the Ra’an Shale Member, Qasim Formation of Saudi Arabia as indicators of the O40 Maximum Flooding Surface. Stratigraphy, vol. 16, no. 1, text-figures 1–3, table 1: 27–39

Awards & Honors

  • Overall Best Student in Geology Award, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (1984/85)
  • Graduate Fellowship Award, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (1989-1990)
  • AAPG Grant-in-Aid Award (1998, 2007)
  • Research Assistantship, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (1997-2000)
  • Alice Wilson Scholarship for Paleontological Research ( Carleton University, 2007)
  • Entrance Scholarship Award (Carleton University, 2003/2004)
  • Domestic Student Tuition Award (Carleton University, 2004-2006)
  • Teaching and Research Assistantships, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (2004-2009)
  • Millennium Gold Bursary (Carleton University, 2009)
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-
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3240
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2029

Dr. Abduljamiu Olalekan Amao

Research Scientist III, 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.
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Tel: +966 (013) 860-2156
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 15, Rm. 3406A

Dr. Sayed M. Shakil Hussain

Research Scientist III, 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) 860-2927
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2021

Dr. Safwat Abdel-Azeim

Research Scientist III, 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) 860-4413
Fax: + 966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2025

Dr. Huijian Li

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Li is a Research Scientist III at the Center for Integrative Petroleum Research. Before joining KFUPM, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Petroleum Exploration & Production Research Institute, SinoPEC from 2015 to 2018. His research mainly contains seismic moment tensor forward modeling and inversion using elastic wave equation and Mathematical Morphology applied to seismic data processing.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, 2015 
  • M.E., Geophysics, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, 2012
  • B.E., Geophysics, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, 2009                                                                                                            

Research Interests

  • Seismic moment tensor forward modelling/inversion
  • Mathematical Morphology
  • Seismic wave absorption and attenuation compensation
  • Seismic Interference

Selected Publications

  • Liu, Xu, Stewart Greenhalgh, Bing Zhou, and Huijian Li. Explicit Q expressions for inhomogeneous P-and SV-waves in isotropic viscoelastic media. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering (2019).
  • Huang W., R. Wang, Li and Y. Chen, 2017, Unveiling the signals from extremely noisy microseismic data for high-resolution hydraulic fracturing monitoring, Scientific Reports, 7(1):11996.
  • Li H., R. Wang, S. Cao, Y. Chen, N. Tian and X. Chen. 2016, Weak signal detection using multiscale morphology in microseismic monitoring, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 133, 39-49
  • Li H., R. Wang, S. Cao, Y. Chen and W. Huang, 2016, A method for low-frequency noise suppression based on mathematical morphology in microseismic monitoring, Geophysics, 81, V159-167
  • Huang, W., R. Wang, Y. Chen, Li, and S. Gan, 2016, Damped multichannel singular spectrum analysis for 3D random noise attenuation, Geophysics, 81, V261-V270
  • Li H., R. Wang, and S. Cao, 2015, Microseismic forward modeling based on different focal mechanisms used by the seismic moment tensor and elastic wave equation, Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 12(2), 155-166
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4964

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2024

Dr. Qi Hao

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Qi Hao has worked on seismic anisotropy for over ten years. Before he joined KFUPM, he was a postdoc at the Department of Geosciences and Petroleum in Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he was supervised by Dr. Alexey Stovas (NTNU) and Dr. Tariq Alkhalifah (KAUST) to study various research problems on seismic anisotropy. He has published 18 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and presented over 20 expanded abstracts at international conferences such as EAGE, SEG, and IWSA

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. Earth Exploration and Information Technology, Jilin University, Changchun, China

Research Interests

  • Seismic anisotropy

Selected Publications

  • Hao, Q., and T. Alkhalifah, 2019, Viscoacoustic anisotropic wave equations: Geophysics, vol. 84, no. 6, C323-C337 (This paper is nominated by Geophysics editors to be highlighted in Geophysics Bright Spots in The Leading Edge, vol. 38, no. 12, 966-968).
  • Hao, Q., and S. Greenhalgh, 2019, The generalized standard-linear-solid model and the corresponding viscoacoustic wave equations revisited: Geophysical Journal International, vol. 219, no. 3, 1939-1947, in press.
  • Hao, Q., U. Waheed and T. Alkhalifah, 2019, P-wave complex-valued traveltimes in homogeneous attenuating transversely isotropic media: Geophysical Prospecting, vol. 67, no. 9, 2402-2413.
  • Hao, Q., and A. Stovas, 2018, Approximate reflection and transmission coefficients for a thin transversely isotropic layer with a vertical symmetry axis: Geophysics, 83, no.1, C1-C11.
  • Hao, Q., and T. Alkhalifah, 2017, An acoustic eikonal equation for attenuating orthorhombic media: Geophysics,82, no.4, WA67-WA81.
  • Hao, Q., and T. Alkhalifah, 2017, An acoustic eikonal equation for attenuating transversely isotropic media with a vertical symmetry axis: Geophysics, 82, no. 1, C9-C20.
  • Hao, Q., A. Stovas and T. Alkhalifah, 2016, The offset-midpoint traveltime pyramid of P-waves in orthorhombic media: Geophysics, 81, no.5, C151-C162.
  • Hao, Q. and A. Stovas, 2016, Analytic calculation of phase and group velocities of P-waves in orthorhombic media: Geophysics, 81, no. 3, C79-C97.
  • Hao, Q. and A. Stovas, 2016, Generalized moveout approximation for converted P-SV wave in vertically inhomogeneous VTI media: Geophysical Prospecting, 64, 1469-1482.
  • Hao, Q. and Q. He, 2013, A standard linear solid model representation of Chapman’s frequency-dependent anisotropy induced by two sets of aligned mesoscale fractures: Journal of Seismic Exploration, 22, 169-182
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