Dr Lateef Akanji
Dr Lateef Akanji

Dr Lateef Akanji

PhD, DIC, FHEA, CEng, Eur Ing, MEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs



  • 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. Recent research focus involves application of AI in petroleum and alternative energy applications.

Research Areas

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I am currently accepting PhDs in Engineering.

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Research Specialisms

  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive Engineering

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

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)


PhD students

Ibrahim Ayuba

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

Temiloluwa Onimisi

  • Project - Permeability upscaling in porous media flow
  • Lead supervisor - Dr. Jeff Gomes
Bamikole Joshua Adeyemi 
  • Project - Surface complexation modelling
  • Lead supervisor - Dr. Prashant Jadhawar
Stephen Ajah
  • Project - Prediction of critical heat flux during severe events in nuclear reactors
  • Lead supervisor - Dr. Jeff Gomes

Nouha  Samlani 

  • Project - Application of AI in groundwater contamination monitoring and control
  • Lead supervisor - Dr Tannaz Pak (Teesside University)


Past Research


Dr Ibrahim Adamu

  • Project - Sequentially-coupled chemo-thermo-poromechanical modelling in shale formations
  • Lead supervisor - Dr. Hossein Hamidi
  • Co-supervisor - Prof. Alfred Akisanya

Dr Toochuwu Onwuliri

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

Dr Chibuzo Onyemara

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

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


 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



Teaching Responsibilities

Field Development Planning

Well and Production Engineering

Facilities Engineering


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  • A new explicit sequentially coupled technique for chemo-thermo-poromechanical modelling and simulation in shale formations

    Akanji, L., Ibrahim, A. T., Hamidi, H., Matthai, S., Akisanya, A.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Constrained Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Model for Upscaling Permeability

    Onimisi, T. A., Lashore, B. O., Akanji, L. T., Gomes, J. L. M. A.
    International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, pp. 1-18
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Evolution and interfacial dynamics of thin electrolyte films in oil-brine-carbonate rock systems due to chemical equilibrium disruptions

    Adeyemi, B. J., Jadhawar, P., Akanji, L.
    Energy & Fuels
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effects of fluid–fluid interfacial properties on the dynamics of bounded viscoelastic thin liquid films

    Adeyemi, B., Jadhawar, P., Akanji, L., Barra, V.
    Journal of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, vol. 309, 104893
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A quantitative analysis of flow properties and heterogeneity in shale rocks using Computed Tomography imaging and finite-element based simulation

    Adeleye, J. O., Akanji, L.
    Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, vol. 106, 104742
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effects of fluid-fluid interfacial properties on the dynamics of bounded viscoelastic thin liquid films

    Adeyemi, B. J., Jadhawar, P., Barra, V., Akanji, L.
    Journal of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, vol. 309
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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, pp. 2567 – 2593
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Condensate Well Production Optimisation in Oredo Field Using Simulated Surface Proportional Integral Derivative Controller, Downhole Transmitter and Wellhead/Bottomhole Chokes

    Dala, J., Akanji, L., Bello, K., Olafuyi, O., Jadhawar, P.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Investigation of drift phenomena at the pore-scale during flow and transport in porous media

    Ayuba, I., Akanji, L., Gomes, J., Falade, G. K.
    Mathematics, vol. 9, no. 19, 2509
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A pseudo-radial pressure model for near-wellbore condensate banking prediction

    Dala, J., Akanji, L., Bello, K., Olafuyi, O., Jadhawar, P.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
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