PhD, Engineering, University of Calgary
MEng, Engineering, University of Calgary
Recipient of the College of Physical Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017.
I am an academic in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. My primary research interests span across experimental/theoretical fluid dynamics in porous media and narrow channels.
The applications of such studies are in developing solutions for energy recovery from subsurface resources, energy storage, and minerals extraction.
In my group, we have expertise in materials science and electrochemistry application in mineral extraction, this is in collaboration with European companies and Universities.
I also work on developing solutions for hydrogen storage, carbon capture and storage (CCS), this includes optimisation and prediction of multiphase flow in surface facilities and subsurface storage capacities. The solutions also aim at decarbonisation of industry and clean energy storage.
I work closely with local and international research councils and industry from Africa, Middle East, and North America to address the current problems in the energy sector and explore future opportunities. In recent years, I have been managing/co-managing a range of research projects that attracted more than £500k external grants.
Key research areas in my group:
- Fluid flow in complex channels and porous media
- Mechanics of non-Newtonian fluids (Colloidal suspensions, Foams, Polymer solutions and Nanofluids)
- Chemistry of colloidal suspensions/emulsions/minerals and ionic transport with a focus on energy transition
I am currently accepting PhDs in Engineering.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Chemical Engineering
- Energy Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics
- Materials Science
- Developing FUSim, a Fracture Upscaling Simulator, to predict the flow path of fluids in hydraulically fractured rocks. The use of this simulator can reduce the cost up to 20% by giving the best configuration of flow directions.
Understanding the rheology and dynamics of foam and emulsions
- Nanofluid suspensions for multiphase transport in annular channels
Hybrid thermal/chemical fluid flow in porous media
Joe re-joined us in April 2017. He got his MSc in Reservoir Engineering form the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen in November 2016. He previously studied Geophysics at Imperial College London where he discovered his interest in numerical modelling, and his current studies, he is developing models and tools for flow dynamics in hydraulically fractured rocks. He won the Best MSc thesis award in 2016.
Lawrence started his PhD in October 2017. He obtained a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, in 2012. In 2014, he acquired his Master’s degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He worked for Schlumberger (sand control management) before re-joining to Aberdeen to work on Low Salinity Waterflooding project (led by Dr Rafati).
Samuel Felix Ofesi
Samuel received his BSc and MSc degrees in Petroleum Engineering, from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) and Federal University of Technology Owerri, respectively. Before joining our group, he worked as a lecturer in Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, a drilling engineer in SINOPEC/NPDC OML 64/66 swamp project.
His PhD research project focuses on the characterization of oil-based foam drilling fluids, aiming at inventing an oil-based foam drilling fluid suitable for drilling high-temperature reservoirs and geothermal aquifers.
Former research students
Dr Natalie Boyou
PDRA: Sept 2109-Dec 2021.
Dr Boyou was a postdoctoral fellow in our research team, she received her PhD in Petroleum Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2019, and her research was focused on nano-enhanced suspensions for wellbore cleaning in directional drilling. She obtained a B.Sc. in Physics with Electronics and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering.
Dr Mahdi Sadri
Dr Sadri was a postdoctoral fellow who joined the team in January 2021. Prior to here he has undertaken a PhD at Coventry University. In Aberdeen, he worked on foam flow in pipes, the project (led by Dr Rafati) is in collaboration with the oil and gas companies.
PhD student (graduated): Sept 2016 to Sept 2021.
During his PhD, Rizky studied the application of nanoparticles in drilling fluids for deepwater drilling operations and in the arctic conditions (led by Dr Rafati).
PhD student (graduated): Feb 2017 to May 2022.
His PhD research project was focused on the experimental investigation of foam rheology and its application in enhanced oil recovery processes from unconventional reservoirs.
MSc Reservoir Engineering (graduated), Sept 2015-Nov 2016.
BSc Geophysics, Imperial College London, 2015. Currenlty at the University of Aberdeen (PhD student).
Funding and Grants
- A joint industry project on flow dynamics of suspensions and foams in wells, funded by four companies based in the UK and US, 2020-2021
- A collaborative project on the dynamics of non-Newtonian suspensions (Nano-enhanced fluids) in mud flow in drilling operations with Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, funded by BEIS & British Council, 2019-2021
- Development of a software package for optimisation of heat generation and flowrate in cementing jobs in wells, funded by Oil and Gas Innovation Centre & Deltatek, 2019
- An investigation on the emulsions phase behaviour and their stability in the presence of nanomaterials, funded by CONACyT, Mexico, 2018-2021
- A study on the use of foams and suspensions for enhancing vertical flows in wells, funded by CONACyT, Mexico, 2018-2021
- Application of nanotechnology in oil recovery, funded by The Royal Society, 2017-2018
- A project on the investigation of foam rheology and dynamics at reservoir conditions, funded by The Carnegie Trust, 2017-2018
- Modelling of oil recovery processes through smart waterflooding, funded by Ghana Education Trust fund, 2017-2021
- Environmentally Friendly drilling fluid design for directional and deepwater drillings, funded by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education, 2016-2020
EG55HI: Enhanced Oil Recovery
EG4013: MEng Individual Project
EP3595: Drilling and Well Engineering
EG551W: Well & Production Engineering
EG551R/EG502B: Field Development & Petroleum Economics
EG501Y/EG55Q1: Enhanced Oil Recovery
UG Level 2 Coordinator for Engineering programmes
Deputy Programme Coordinator for MSc Oil and Gas Engineering
Workshops and Talks:
- Petroleum Engineering Capacity Development-Unconventional Reservoirs
PetroChina-Canada, Calgary September 2014
- Invited talk on Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods (EOR)
Subsea Engineering Program, Aberdeen November 2016
- Short course:An Introduction to Drilling in Heavy Oil, Oil Sands, Shale Gas Fields
EU funded capacity building project with University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Tanzania, Aberdeen April 2017
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An investigation of viscous oil displacement in a fractured porous medium using polymer-enhanced surfactant alternating foam floodingJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 212, 110280Contributions to Journals: Articles
Review of synthesis, characteristics and technical challenges of biodiesel based drilling fluidsJournal of Cleaner Production, 130344Contributions to Journals: Articles
A calibrated surface complexation model for carbonate-oil-brine interactions coupled with reservoir simulation- application to controlled salinity water floodingJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 208, no. Part A, 109314Contributions to Journals: Articles
A review of fluid displacement mechanisms in surfactant-based chemical enhanced oil recovery processes: analyses of key influencing factorsPetroleum ScienceContributions to Journals: Articles
An Experimental Investigation of Dynamic Viscosity of Foam at Different TemperaturesChemical Engineering Science, 117262Contributions to Journals: Articles
Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage: The Role of Production ChemistryContributions to Conferences: Papers
Optimising well orientation in hydraulic fracturing of naturally fractured shale gas formationsJournal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, vol. 94, 104141Contributions to Journals: Articles
Rheological and filtration property evaluations of the nano-based muds for drilling applications in low temperature environmentsColloids and Surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 622, 126632Contributions to Journals: Articles
Improvement of Heavy Oil Recovery by Nonionic Surfactant/Alcohol Flooding in Light of the Alkane Carbon Number and Interfacial Tension PropertiesACS Omega, vol. 6, no. 29, pp. 18668–18683Contributions to Journals: Articles
Developing a Thermally Stable Ester-Based Drilling Fluid for Offshore Drilling Operations by Using Aluminum Oxide NanorodsSustainability, vol. 13, no. 6, 3399Contributions to Journals: Articles