Contact Details

Email: ytanino@abdn.ac.uk
Address: room 255, Fraser Noble Bldg School of Engineering University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3UE Scotland, UK


Research Interests

  • Multi-phase flow in porous media
  • Buoyancy-driven flow
  • Instability and turbulence in inclined pipes
  • Turbulence and mass transport in random cylinder arrays
  • Techniques used include:
    • ADV, LDV, PIV
    • LIF, PLIF
    • corefloods
    • microfluidics
    • pore-network simulation
    • X-ray microtomography

Current Research

  • Impact of wettability on waterflood oil recovery.  Student: Magali Christensen [PhD candidate, 2016].
  • Effect of pore-space configuration in reservoir rock on oil and gas production. Student: Anelechi Ibekwe [with Dubravka Pokrajac].
  • Engineered inversions in reservoir wettability and its impact on oil recovery from fractured reservoirs.  Student: Mohammad Sarlak [with Stephen A. Bowden, Jim Anderson].
  • Linking oil chemistry and mineralogy to waterflood performance. Student: Munasuonyu Walter [with S. A. Bowden].
  • Improved monitoring of petroleum during microfluidic experiments. Student: Olalekan Ajayi [with S. A. Bowden].
  • Oil field maturity: the identification of different geochemical charges during oil production.  Student: Thomas Smith [with S. A. Bowden].
  • Impact of viscoelasticity of cross-linked polymer gel systems on polymer-flood oil recovery. Student: Jacob Opata [with Amer Syed].
  • Flow and transport of chemical EOR agents in carbonates.  Student: Mahmoud Ibrahim [with S. A. Bowden].
  • PhD opportunities for self-funded students:
    • Oil recovery from fractured reservoirs: spontaneous imbibition in carbonates under different wettability [details]
    • Improving predictions of waterflood efficiency through the use of experimental studies, formation evaluation, and geochemical monitoring [details; with S. A. Bowden].
    • Raindrops, pesticides, and ink: droplet interactions with porous surfaces [details; with Peter Hicks (PI)]


  • Stephen A Bowden, Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, Aberdeen
  • Amer Syed, School of Engineering, Aberdeen
  • David L Jacobson, NIST (US)
  • Daniel S Hussey, NIST (US)
  • Jean-Pierre Hulin, Laboratoire FAST (France)
  • Frederic Moisy, Laboratoire FAST (France)
  • Martin J Blunt, Imperial
  • Heidi M Nepf, MIT (US)

Research Grants

Our research is supported by:

  • COREX (UK) Ltd. (2015-2020)
  • Royal Society Research Grant (2014-2015)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (2014-2015)
  • University of Aberdeen Chevron Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Interdisciplinary Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Excellence Fund (2014)
  • Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation grant (M. Christensen, 2014)
  • Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation grant (B. Akamairo, 2013)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society bursary (2013, 2014, 2015 M. Christensen)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society bursary (2015 B. Akamairo)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society bursary (2015 S. Mohammed)
  • College of Physical Sciences PhD studentship (2013-2016, M. Christensen)
  • David B Smith donation to the School of Engineering (2012)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Thesis supervisor, MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering (EG5908) and Petroleum Engineering (EG5911)
  • Co-lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG501M, EG55Q1) for MSc in Petroleum Engineering
  • Co-lecturer, Flow Assurance (EG55F8/G8) for MSc in Subsea Engineering and Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Guest lecturer, Subsea Production Systems (EG50F9/G9) for MSc in Subsea Engineering
  • Guest lecturer, Chemistry at Interfaces and Enhanced Oil Recovery (CM5037) for MSc in Oil & Gas Chemistry
  • Thesis supervisor, BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering and Petroleum Engineering (EG4013/4014)
  • Co-lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG50HI, EG55HI)
  • Co-lecturer, Geotechnics 2 (EG40JE, EA40JE)
  • Co-lecturer, Fluid Mechanics (EG3018, EM3018)

External Responsibilities

  • Reviewer for Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources Research, Lab-on-a-Chip, Journal of Hydraulic EngineeringJournal of Hydraulic Research, Aquatic Sciences, Physics of FluidsJournal of Geophysical Research, Transport in Porous Media, Geofluids, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Energy & Fuels, Israel Science Foundation, 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software
  • Organizing committee, 2013 Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting

Admin Responsibilities

  • Manager, Subsurface Flow and Transport Laboratory
  • Coordinator, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research Admissions
  • Member, School of Engineering Working Group on Academic Workload Model
  • Coordinator, dissertations for MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering (EG5909)
  • Deputy Programme Coordinator, MSc in Renewable Energy


  • Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability, 2006 (US$26844.50)
  • MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship Program, 2003 (US$48660)
  • The Richard Lee Russel Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2003
  • Tau Beta Pi Scholarship 2002-2003, Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society (US$2000)
  • MIT Washington Summer Internship Program, 2001
  • MIT Class of 1972 UROP Fund, 2001

Invited Lectures & Presentations

Universities and National Laboratories

  • July 2014 Neutron Physics Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Jan. 2013 Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Stavanger.
  • Apr. 2012 Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee.
  • Oct. 2010 Petroleum and Process Technology Research Group, Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen.
  • Jun. 2010 School of Engineering, University of Warwick.
  • Feb. 2010 Hydrodynamics Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique, France.
  • Jan. 2008 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University.


  • Oct. 2010  Statoil Rotvoll Research Centre, Trondheim.
  • Oct. 2010  Numerical Rocks, Trondheim.

Workshops and networks

Group News

  • 19 Aug. 2015: Magali gave an oral presentation at the International Symposium of the Society of Core Analysts held in St. John's Newfoundland and Laborador.
  • We're featured in Offshore Engineer April 2015 issue: 'Understanding EOR'
  • Magali Christensen (PhD candidate) receives a Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation grant for 2014-15.
  • Loli Anggraini (MSc Oil & Gas Engineering 2013) was awarded 2nd prize in the 2013 Energy Institute Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch MSc Student Paper Competition for her presentation on "Buckley-Leverett analysis of waterflood oil recovery".  The event was hosted by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd. on 26th Nov.  See coverage.
  • Blessing Akamairo (PhD candidate) receives a Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation grant for 2013-14.


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