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seated male petroleum engineering student at Texas A&M University looking at a computer monitor showing four graphs depicting the injection status, temperature, strain and rock displacement a carbon dioxide sample created in a well during a simulation experiment

Research

Captured carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and industrial manufacturing plants reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Research can aid in understanding and predicting the behavior, chemical changes, and pressure effects of using captured CO2 in oil and gas recovery processes or storing it safely in subsurface reservoirs.

Focus Areas

Research in carbon capture, utilization and storage includes:

  • Carbon dioxide mineralization
  • Carbon dioxide subsurface behavior
  • Carbon dioxide storage regulation and reporting
  • Monitoring subsurface carbon dioxide plume movement
  • Sequestration site selection
  • Subsurface storage capacity estimation

Faculty Researchers

Below is a list of petroleum engineering faculty members who perform research in one or more of the focus areas.

Sara Abedi

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Stephen A. Holditch Faculty Fellow
  • Affiliated Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Sara Abedi

Maria A. Barrufet

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Assistant Department Head, Staff Administration, Petroleum Engineering
  • Director, Online Learning, Petroleum Engineering
  • Baker Hughes Endowed Chair
  • Affiliated Faculty, Chemical Engineering
Maria A. Barrufet

Akhil Datta-Gupta

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • L.F. Peterson '36 Chair I
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Regents Professor
  • Interim Department Head, Petroleum Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Chemical Engineering
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
Akhil Datta-Gupta

Jihoon Kim

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Larry A. Cress '76 Faculty Fellow
Jihoon Kim

Kiseok Kim

  • Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Kiseok Kim

W. John Lee

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Kelly L. '87 and William D. '87 Von Gonten, Jr. DVG Chair in Petroleum Engineering
  • Regents Professor
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
W. John Lee

D. Nathan Meehan

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
D. Nathan Meehan

George J. Moridis

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Robert L. Whiting Chair in Petroleum Engineering
George J. Moridis

Hadi Nasrabadi

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Aghorn Energy Career Development Professor
  • Affiliated Faculty, Multidisciplinary Engineering
Hadi Nasrabadi

Hamidreza Samouei

  • Research Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Hamidreza Samouei

Rita Esuru Okoroafor

  • Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Rita Esuru Okoroafor

Kan Wu

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Class of ’75 DVG Associate Professor
Kan Wu

Rami Younis

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Rami Younis