Berna Hascakir

Assistant Professor

Stephen A. Holditch Faculty Fellow


Office: RICH 401N
Phone: 979.845.6614

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Research Interests

  • Heavy Oil and Oil Shale Recovery with Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods
    • In-Situ Combustion
    • Hot Fluid Injection; Steam/hot water/hot gas Flooding, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), Cyclic Steam Injection (CC)
    • Chemical/Thermal EOR applications: Solvent flooding, Solvent-steam injection, Solvent-SAGD, Surfactant flooding, Surfactant-steam injection, Surfactant-SAGD
    • Thermal Stimulation: Electrical, Microwave, and Radio Frequency heating
  • Diagnostic Studies on Reservoir Rock and Fluids
    • X-Ray computed tomography, X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
    • Analyze reaction kinetics with thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Produced Water Management

Awards & Honors

  • Stephen A. Holditch Faculty Fellow 2015
  • SPE Innovative Teaching Award, 2015
  • Top 10 Associate Editors, 2014 Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier
  • SPE Junior Faculty Research Grant, September 2014-August 2016


  • PhD, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2008
  • MS, Environmental Technology, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, 2003
  • BS, Environmental Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, 2001

Selected Publications

Kar, T., Mukhametshina, A., Unal, Y., Hascakir, B., The Effect of Clay Type on Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Performance, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 2015, 54(6), 412-423, SPE-173795-PA.

Kar, T., Hascakir, B., The Role of Resins, Asphaltenes, and Water in Water-Oil Emulsion Breaking with Microwave Heating, Energy and Fuels, 29, 3684-3690, 2015.

Coelho, R.S.C., Ovalles, C., Benson, I.P., Hascakir, B., Clay-Asphaltene Interaction during Hybrid Solvent-Steam Injection into Bitumen Reservoirs, SPE Canada Heavy Oil Technical Conference, 7-9 June 2016, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, SPE-180723-MS.

Demir, A.B., Bilgesu, H.I., Hascakir, B., The Effect of Clay and Salinity on Asphaltene Stability, SPE Western Regional Meeting, 23-26 May 2016, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, SPE-180425-MS.

Stape, P., Ovalles, C., Rogel, E., Hascakir, B., Pore-Scale Displacement Mechanism of Bitumen Extraction with High Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Solvents, 20th SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference, 9-13 April 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, SPE-179608-MS.