Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 274514
Email: ytanino@abdn.ac.uk
Address: room 255, Fraser Noble Bldg School of Engineering University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3UE Scotland, UK


Dr. Yukie Tanino is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at University of Aberdeen.  Prior to joining the University in 2012, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London (2009-2012) and in Laboratoire Fluides, Automatique et Systèmes Thermiques in France (2008-2009).  Dr. Tanino holds a B.S. (Environmental Engineering Science), M.S. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and PhD (Environmental Fluid Mechanics) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Tanino’s research interests are in the fluid dynamics of, and mass transport in, obstructed flows such as those found in geological reservoirs, groundwater aquifers, and flood plains.  At Aberdeen Dr. Tanino leads the Subsurface Flow and Transport Laboratory located in the School of Engineering, and currently supervises/co-supervises 13 PhD students in the Schools of Engineering and Geosciences.  She also teaches enhanced oil recovery and flow assurance to students on the MSc programmes in Subsea Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Oil & Gas Engineering and the MEng programme in Petroleum Engineering.

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

stratified shear flows
Oil/Water flow under mixed wet conditions
  • Impact of wettability on waterflood oil recovery.  Student: Magali Christensen [PhD candidate, 2017].
  • Investigation of oil-mineral interactions and their impact on waterflood oil recovery using lab-on-a-chip methods.  Student: Blessing Akamairo [PhD candidate, 2017; with Stephen Bowden].
  • Thermally-driven inversions in reservoir wettability and its impact on oil recovery.  Student: Mohammad Sarlak [with Jim Anderson].
Linking macroscopic properties to pore-scale fluid distribution
  • Pore-scale imaging of two-phase flow: linking in-situ contact angles to bulk properties. Student: Anelechi Ibekwe [with Dubravka Pokrajac].
  • Dynamic, pore-scale imaging of two-phase flow in geological porous media. Student: Olalekan Ajayi.
  • Impact of discontinuties in grain shape and size on oil recovery. Student: Xanat Zacarias Hernandez.
  • Two-phase flow in heterogeneous media: dynamic imaging using simultaneous neutron and X-ray CT. Student: Girvani Manoharan [with Amer Syed and Andy Welch].
PhD opportunities for self-funded students:
  • Oil recovery from fractured reservoirs: spontaneous imbibition in carbonates under different wettability [details]
  • Raindrops, pesticides, and ink: droplet interactions with porous surfaces [details; with Peter Hicks (PI)]


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

Research Grants

Our research is supported by:

  • UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Overseas Travel Grant (2016-2017, £20.6k)
  • COREX (UK) Ltd. (2015-2020, £41.4k)
  • Royal Society Research Grant (2014-2015, £15k)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (2014-2015, £2.5k)
  • University of Aberdeen Chevron Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Interdisciplinary Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Excellence Fund (2014)
  • Mexican National Council for Science and Technology PhD studentship (X. Zacarias Hernandez 2016-2019, £64.1k)
  • Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) Foundation grant (A. Ibekwe, M. Walter, O. Ajayi, I. Iton, 2016 US$7k)
  • SPWLA Foundation grant (M. Christensen, 2014 US$2k)
  • SPWLA Foundation grant (B. Akamairo, 2013)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES) bursary (2013, 2014, 2015 M. Christensen)
  • AFES bursary (2015 B. Akamairo)
  • AFES 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, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 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
  • Chair, School of Engineering H & S Committee
  • Coordinator, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research Admissions
  • Member, School of Engineering PG Research Committee
  • Member, School of Engineering Working Group on Academic Workload Model


  • 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

  • 2 Feb. 2017: Vani Manoharan and Olalekan Ajayi have been awarded AFES funding of £500 each.
  • 30 July 2016. Magali Christensen gave an invited presentation at the Gordon Research Seminar for Flow & Transport in Permeable Media held in Girona, Spain.
  • 21 July 2016: Olalekan, Anelechi Ibekwe, Muna Walter, and Iton have been awarded Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) Foundation grants for 2016-17.
  • 31 May 2016: Magali has been awarded a SCI travel bursary of £850.
  • May 2016: Olalekan gave an oral presentation at the Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting.
  • 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 receives a SPWLA 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 SPWLA Foundation grant for 2013-14.



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