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
    • pore-network simulation
    • X-ray microtomography

Current Research

  • Impact of wettability on waterflood oil recovery.  Students: Magali Christensen (PhD candidate, 2016).
  • Oil quality reflected in API gravity, viscosity, sulfur contect affects its nature and producibility.  Student: Blessing Akamairo [PhD candidate, 2015; with Stephen A. Bowden].
  • Impact of viscoelasticity of cross-linked polymer gel systems on polymer-flood oil recovery. Student: Jacob Opata [PhD candidate, 2019; co-supervision with Amer Syed].
  • Experimental waterflooding of basaltic lavas and extrusives.  Student: Shaibu Mohammed [PhD candidate, 2018; with S. A. Bowden and Malcolm Hole].
  • Flow and transport of chemical EOR agents in carbonates.  Student: Mahmoud Ibrahim [PhD candidate, 2019; with S. A. Bowden]
  • Multi-fluid flow and multi-scale reactive transport in subsurface rock.  Student: Babatunde Lashore [PhD candidate, 2018; with Jeff Gomes (PI)].
  • Geomechanical stability of rocks during drilling.  Student: Dhelda Mfanga [PhD candidate, 2018; with A. Syed (PI)].
  • Engineered inversions in reservoir wettability and its impact on oil recovery from fractured reservoirs.  Students: TBC.  Collaborators: S. A. Bowden., Andy Welch.
  • Chemical markers of asphaltene and DNAPL pollutant mobilization in the subsurface.  Student: TBC. [with S. A. Bowden (PI)]
  • PhD opportunities for self-funded students:
    • Improving predictions of waterflood efficiency through the use of experimental studies, formation evaluation, and geochemical monitoring [details; with Stephen Bowden].
    • Raindrops, pesticides, and ink: droplet interactions with porous surfaces [details; co-supervision with Peter Hicks (PI)]


  • Stephen A Bowden, Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, 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:

  • Royal Society Research Grant (2014)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (2014)
  • 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)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society bursary (2013, 2014, 2015 M. Christensen)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society bursary (2015 B. Akamairo)
  • 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)
  • Lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG501M, EG55Q1)
  • Co-lecturer, Flow Assurance (EG55F8/G8) for MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering and Subsea Engineering
  • Coordinator, dissertations for MSc in Renewable Energy (EG5909)
  • Contributor, Advanced Topics in Renewable Energy (EG5574)
  • Coordinator, Human Factors (EG5561)
  • Thesis supervisor, BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering and Petroleum Engineering (EG4013/4014)
  • Supervisor, Advanced Topics (EG5085)
  • Lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG50HI, EG55HI)
  • Guest lecturer, Chemistry at Interfaces and Enhanced Oil Recovery (CM5037)
  • Co-lecturer, Geotechnics 2 (EG40JE)
  • Co-lecturer, Fluid Mechanics (EG3018)

External Responsibilities

  • Reviewer for Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources Research, 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, Petroleum Engineering Laboratory
  • Member, Working Group for the new Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (tentative date of opening: 2018)
  • Member, School of Engineering Working Group on Academic Workload Model
  • Member, Postgraduate Special Circumstances Committee
  • Coordinator, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research Admissions
  • Deputy Programme Coordinator, MSc in Renewable Energy
  • Manager, Environmental & Industrial Fluid Mechanics Research Group Webpage


  • 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

  • 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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