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Research

From the frozen gasses hidden in continental ocean shelves to the oil, gasses and heat locked in subsurface rock formations, unconventional hydrocarbon and thermal resources are as vast as their energy potential is challenging to produce.

Focus Areas

Research specialties in these resources include:

  • Fluid flow in ultra-low permeability reservoirs
  • Gas hydrates
  • Geothermal systems
  • Hydrogen separation and storage
  • Nano-scale rock and fluid properties and interactions
  • Produced water studies
  • Regulation and reporting
  • Reserves estimation
  • Well completion optimization in tight or shale formations

Faculty Researchers

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

Sara Abedi

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

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

A. Rashid Hasan

  • Research Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Chemical Engineering
A. Rashid Hasan

A. Daniel Hill

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • Noble Chair
  • Regents Professor
A. Daniel Hill

Jihoon Kim

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

Kiseok Kim

  • Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Kiseok Kim

Michael King

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • LeSuer Chair in Reservoir Management
Michael King

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

Sam Noynaert

  • Associate Professor of Practice, Petroleum Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Multidisciplinary Engineering
Sam Noynaert

Rita Esuru Okoroafor

  • Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Rita Esuru Okoroafor

Hamidreza Samouei

  • Research Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Hamidreza Samouei

Kan Wu

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

Rami Younis

  • Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Rami Younis

Ding Zhu

  • Professor, Petroleum Engineering
  • McCain Engineering Chair
Ding Zhu