Dr Prashant Jadhawar
Dr Prashant Jadhawar

Dr Prashant Jadhawar

PhD, MPhil, MEng & BEng in Petroleum Engineering


Accepting PhDs

Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering
Fraser Noble Buliding (Office FN350)
School of Engineering
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE.


Dr Prashant Jadhawar has more than 18 years’ work experience of teaching (14 years) plus oil and gas industry (4 years) in UK, Germany, Australia and India, with exerptise in Enhanced Oil & Gas Recovery, CO2 sequestration combined with EOR/EGR, Reservoir Modelling and Simulation, Reservoir fluid characterization/PVT phase behaviour and flow assurance (hydrate, wax and asphaltenes). He has published around 20 technical papers and written several technical reports. Over the years, he taught numerous courses including Reservoir Engineering, Reservoir Simulation, PE Reservoir fluid properties/ thermodynamics, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Surface Production Systems. Prior to the University of Aberdeen, Prashant had been a Senior reservoir Engineer EOR (R&D) at Wintershall Holding GmBH, Germany.    

Dr Prashant Jadhawar has about 10 years' programme leadership experience in the UK and in India. He designed and developed/established a petroleum engineering programme during his tenure at the University of Portsmouth, UK (Programme Leadership: January 2011 to January 2014) while liaising with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (as a SPE faculty advisor), and oil and gas industries in the UK (through in-house SPE industry-guest lecture series, field visits, industry software/laboratory equipment resource etc.). Prashant had also been a Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering and a Programme Leader for the post-graduate diploma in Piping Design and Engineering for 6.5 years (1997-2003) at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune, India.

Prashant currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal "Scientific Data" published by Spinger NATURE (https://www.nature.com/sdata/about/editorial-board#eb).


  • Doctor of Philosophy Petroleum Engineering (Dissertation: CO2-Assisted Gravity Drainage EOR Process: Reservoir Simulation & Scaled Model studies) 
    2010 - University of Adelaide  
  • Master of Philosophy Petroleum Engineering (Dissertation: CO2 sequestration and storage in gas hydrate reservoirs for clean energy methane recovery) 
    2005 - Heriot-Watt University 
  • Master of Engineering Petroleum Engineering  
    2000 - University of Pune  
  • Bachelor of Engineering Petroleum Engineering 
    1996 - University of Pune  

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Course Coordinator:

External Memberships

Prashant served as an academic programme reviewer of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University (2012) and London South Bank University (2012). He is a member of the academic advisor committee in petroleum engineering at the Commonwealth commission, UK. He is expert reviewer/referee of the international scientific journals including Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, American Chemical Society (ACS) journals. Prashant has also served at the various conference/workshop committees (SPE, Praxis global etc.), national and international seminars. He delivered number of invited talks at workshops, received SPE recognition award while serving as a SPE faculty advisor, fellowships/scholarships (UG/MPhil/PhD studies: India, UK and Australia).

PhD External Examiner: Examined PhD dissertations in UK and India

Memberships/Professional affiliations

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (since 2003).
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK. (Since 2011).
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK (since 2012)
  • Associate Member of Energy Institute (AMEI)

Editorial Board Member:

Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier.
  • Sustainable Energy & Fuels, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Applied Energy, Elsevier.
  • Environmental Science & Technology, American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • Energy and Fuels,  American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
  • Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, Springer
  • Journal of dispersion Science and technology

Technical/programme Committee Member:

  • Member of panel of judges for the SPE’s prestigious Offshore achievement Awards (OAA) committee, Aberdeen, March 2019
  • DEVEX conference, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (Since 2018)
  • Session Co-chair at SPE’s DEVEX 2019 conference; 7-8 May 2019, AECC, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.    
  • International Petroleum Technology conference (IPTC), Beijing, China. March 2019.
  • SPE oil and gas conference India, Mumbai, India. April 2019.

Latest Publications

  • Modelling the effects of reservoir parameters and rock mineralogy on wettability during low salinity waterflooding in sandstone reservoirs

    Saeed, M. S., Jadhawar, P., Ayirala, S. C., Abhishek, R., Zhou, Y.
    Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Gas Hydrates in Man-Made Environments: Applications, Economics, Challenges and Future Directions

    Kumar, A., Veluswamy, H. P., Jadhawar, P., Chapoy, A., Aman, Z.
    Status and Future Challenges for Non-conventional Energy Sources. Joshi, S., Sen, R., Sharma, A., salam, P. A. (eds.). Springer, pp. 173-192, 20 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Subsurface Decarbonization Options as CO2 Hydrates with Clean Methane Energy Recovery from Natural Gas Hydrate Reservoirs

    Jadhawar, P.
    Book cover Status and Future Challenges for Non-conventional Energy Sources, pp. 207-234
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Evaluation of ionanofluid for chemical-enhanced oil recovery for matured crude oil reservoirs

    Sharma, A., Kakati, A., Sakthivel, S., Jadhawar, P., Sangwai, J.
    International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 379-391
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effects of reservoir rock pore geometries and ultrasonic parameters on the removal of asphaltene deposition under ultrasonic waves

    Hamidi, H., Otumudia, E. W., Jadhawar, P., Wu, K.
    Ultrasonics sonochemistry, vol. 83, 105949
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research Overview

Research Expertise: 

  • Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery, 
  • Exploitation of Methane Hydrates in Porous Media: CO2-CH4 replacement and other methods
  • Flow Assurance: wax and hydrates, asphaltene and scale inhibition
  • Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
  • Reservoir Fluid Characterization/PVT phase behavior and modelling


Open to expression of interests for collaborative research from industry & academics

  • Underground Storage of hydrogen and carbon dioxide in Depleted Reservoirs and Aquifers
  • Hydrogen and CO2 Transportation in pipelines (repurposing of existing transportation pipelines)
  • CO2 sequestration & Storage coupled with Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery 
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), fractured carbonates, sandstone reservoirs

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Engineering.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Petroleum 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

Hydrogen/CO2 Transportation in pipelines and Underground Storage in Depleted Reservoirs and Aquifers

Subsurface CO2 Sequestration and Storage in Methane Hydrate Reservoirs & Clean Methane Energy Recovery (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c02839)

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) from depleted Sandstone and Carbonate/chalk reservoirs

Exploitation and production from Methane Hydrate reservoirs (Arctic and Subsea porous media)


  • Indian Insitute of Technology (IIT), Madras India


My current supervision areas are: Engineering.

PhD students: Lead Supervisor

  1. Bamikole, Adeyemi; Research Topic:"Smart water-CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery from Sandstone Reservoirs", February 2018-February 2022, sponsored by Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF, Nigeria)
  2. Saeed, Motaz; Research Topic: "Geochemical and surface complexation modelling of low salinity water - chemical flooding in sandstone reservoirs", Novermber 2018 - November 2021, sponsored by Sudanese ministry
  3. Adamu, Adamu; Research Topic:Electromagnetic Enhanced Oil Recovery; Oct 2019-Oct2022, sponsored by PTDF
  4. Odunlami, Kazeem, Reseach Topic: Impact of grain rughness on three phase flow in water-wet Media: A Pore Scale Study using X-ray Micro-Computed Tomography", Oct 2019-Oct 2022, sponsored by PTDF
  5. Chinedu, Alamezie, start 11/2019, sponsored by NDDC
  6. Antwi, Kennedy, "Underground Hydrogen Storage in depleted reservoirs", start June 2021.

PhD students: Co-Superviser:

  1. Ephraim Otumudi, Research Topic:  "Effect of high frequency waves on formation damage reduction", February 2018-June2021, Funding - TETFund
  2. Joshua Dala, Research Topic: "Flow Performance and Production Analyses in Gas Condensate Wells", June 2019-June202, Funding - PTDF, Nigeria

External Examiner:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, India.
  • Heriot Watt University, UK.

Funding and Grants

  • Interface (Engtech Analytics) - (£5000) 2021.
  • Global Challanges Research Fund (GCRF) Internal Pump Priming Fund IPPF, "Accelerating the energy/environment/water nexus in Malaysia by triggering hydrogen economies" (co-investigator: Geo-chemical and geomechanical effects of H2 and CO2 on rock integrity during its underground storage) - (£20,000) 2021.
  • Petroleum Technology Development Fund; £49,200.00 (2018-2021) - “Smart water-CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery from Sandstone Reservoirs”.
  • Petroleum Technology Development Fund; £50,791 (2019-2022) -“CO2 EOR / sequestration".
  • Petroleum Technology Development Fund; £53425.00 (2019-2022) - “Electromagnetic EOR”

Scholarships applications OPEN

Carnegie Trust Scholarships: deadline 14 January, open only for students graduating in Scotland. More details at Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarships


Teaching Responsibilities

EG504K/4L: Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS); (MSc Energy Transition)
EG502A, EG551Q: Well Testing - Analysis and Design (MSc Petroleum Engineering)
EG50R2, EG503T: Well Plugging and Abandonment (MSc Decommissioning)
EP4018: Petroleum Production Engineering and Technoloy (BEng, level 4): Flow assurance (Hydrates, wax and asphaltene), Sand Production and control.
Supervision of MSc, MEng and BEng research projects
Previously taught
EG502F: Field Development and Petroleum Economics (MSc Petroleum Engineering); 2018-2021
EP4531: Field Development and Petroleum Economics (BEng/MEng Petroleum Eng, level 4); 2017-2021
Reservoir Engineeing/EOR
Reservoir fluid properties/characterization (PVT phase behaviour, EoS development)
Reservoir Simulation 

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