Dr Lateef Akanji

Dr Lateef Akanji
PhD, DIC, FHEA, CEng, Eur Ing, MEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer

Senior Lecturer

Dr Lateef Akanji
Dr Lateef Akanji

Contact Details


  • Senior Lecturer, Petroleum Engineering, University of Aberdeen, 2014 - 
  • Lecturer and Head of Petroleum Technology Research Group and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programme in Petroleum Engineering, University of Salford Manchester, 2012 - 2014
  • Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 2011-2012
  • Visiting Lecturer, Reservoir Engineering, University of Leoben, Austria, 2008
  • Reservoir Simulation Consultant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria, 2002 - 2005
  • Trainee Drilling and Operations Engineer, Pan Ocean Oil Corporation, Nigeria 2000-2001  
  • PhD degree, Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London
  • B.Sc. (Honours) and M.Sc. degrees in Petroleum Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Charted Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Member of the Energy Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers

Research Overview

His research interests are in multiphase flow in porous and permeable media with applications to enhanced oil recovery in clastic, carbonate and unconventional shale reservoirs. He conducts research in theoretical, experimental and numerical investigation of pore to field scale modelling of static and dynamic flow and geomechanics of shale fracking processes using finite element methods and csmp-plusplus. 

Current Research

  • Key research focus - subsurface production improvement and enhancement
  • Flow through porous and permeable rocks - shale rocks, clastic and carbonate
  • Porescale modelling (numerical investigation - PTDF funded)

This investigation involves porescale characterisation and numerical simulation of fluid flow through porous and permeable media. Fundamental approach involves CT-scanning of rock samples, digital conversion and image processing involving thresholding and segmentation. Advanced numerical codes are used to simulate fluid flow behaviour and derive basic and special rock properties. You can request for free CT-scanned images of shale rock samples here

Advanced EOR techniques (experimental investigation - PTDF/TETFUND/ Sonangol funded) 

  • Low salinity combined with biosurfactants EOR
  • Microbial EOR processes - biosurfactant and biopolymer application
  • Interfacial phenonmenon

Flow through production tubing and gas-lifted wells (pilot scale)

  • Bubble coalescence and break up
  • Density wave oscillation
  • Casing heading

Application of artificial intelligence in improving oil production and screening of bio-surfactants for EOR processes

Technology development platform

1. Developer of advanced numerical computational platform based on object oriented cplusplus programming. 

  • Complex system modelling platform (CSMP++ - Aberdeen)
  • Link to software development can be found here

2. Developer of Enhanced Neuro-fuzzy technique

3. Technology innovator for the petroleum industry

  • EOR special purpose technological development (Sonangol funded project)
  • High-pressure high-temperature flow loop for biosurfactant production and IFT screening (PTDF funded project) 
  • Pilot scale rig project construction for gaslifted wells (Elphinstone funded project)


 Academic collaborators

  • Dr. Hossein Hamidi
  • Dr. Waheed Afzal
  • Dr. Yingfang Zhou
  • Dr. Roozbeh Rafati
  • Dr. Rainer Ebel
  • Dr. Jan Vinogradov
  • Prof. G. K. Falade
  • Prof. Stephan Matthai
  • Prof. Alfred Akisanya
  • Prof. Lufianlisso Antonio
  • Prof. Martin Blunt

PhD students

Toochuwu Onwuliri

  • Project - coupled geomechanics and fluid flow in shale rocks
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Hossein Hamidi

Chibuzo Onyemara

  • Project - HPHT Aplicability of Environment Friendly Biosurfactants (EFBSs) and Interfacial Phenomenon In Enhanced/Improved Oil Recovery
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Rainer Ebel

Ibrahim Ayuba

  • Project - Fluid flow and transport processes in shale rocks
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Prashant Jadhawar

Dr. Joao Chidamoio 

  • Project - Experimental and Numerical Modelling of Gas-lift Cavitation and Instability in Oil Producing Wells
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Roozbeh Rafati

Dr. Geraldo Ramos

  • Project - advanced EOR techniques with focus in Angolan oilfields 
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Waheed Afzal

Dr. James Adeleye

  • Project - pore scale modelling in shale rock
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Yingfang Zhou

Dr. Tinuola Udoh 

  • Project - Combined low-salinity biosurfactant EOR
  • Co-supervised by Dr. Jan Vinogradov

Industry based collaborators


Teaching Responsibilities

Field Development Planning

Well and Production Engineering

Facilities Engineering



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  • Planning and implementing the redevelopment of volve field, Norwegian north sea using knowledge discovery in databases data mining and numerical simulation techniques

    McAllister, A., Akanji, L.

    Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, vol. 17, no. 4

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A novel technique for interface analysis: behaviour of sophorolipids biosurfactant obtained from Meyerozyma spp. MF138126 during low-salinity heavy-crude experiments

    Akanji, L., Rehman, R., Onyemara, C., Ebel, R., Jamal, A.

    Fuel, vol. 297, 120607

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Experimental Determination of Protein Enzyme Bio-Surfactant Properties for Enhanced Oil Recovery

    Morgan, A., Akanji, L., Udoh, T. H., Mohammed, S., Nkrumah, W. A., Sarkodie-Kyeremeh, J.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Fractional Flow Behaviour and Transport Mechanisms During Low salinity and Protein Enzyme Bio-surfactant EOR Flooding

    Morgan, A., Akanji, L., Udoh, T. H., Mohammed, S., Anumah, P., Sarkodie-Kyeremeh, J.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Application of Artificial Intelligence in Well Screening and Production Optimisation in Oredo Oilfields, Niger Delta, Nigeria

    Akanji, L., Dala, J. A., Bello, K., Olafuyi, O., Jadhawar, P. S.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Development of a New High-Pressure High-Temperature Technology for Advanced Screening of Biosurfactants and Injection of Microbes in Porous Rocks during Low-Salinity EOR Processes

    Onyemara, C. C., Akanji, L., Ebel, R. P.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Impact of Well Production Tubing Diameter on Multiphase Flow Regime Profile in Oredo Fields, Niger Delta, Nigeria

    Dala, J. A., Akanji, L., Olalekan, O., Bello, K., Jadhawar, P. S.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Development of a New High-Pressure High-Temperature Protocol for Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes

    Akanji, L., Onyemara, C. C., Ebel, R. P.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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