Dr Roozbeh Rafati

Dr Roozbeh Rafati



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Dr Roozbeh Rafati, BEng, MSc, PhD is a researcher, professional engineer and lecturer in the fields of Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and Reservoir Simulation.
  • Lecturer, University of Aberdeen (UK). Aug. 2013 - Present.
    • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department, School of Engineering
  • Lecturer, University Technology Mara (Malaysia). Jul. 2010 - Aug.2013.
    • Oil & Gas Engineering Department, Faculty of Chemical Engineering
  • Researcher, University Technology Malaysia (UTM). Jun. 2009 - May.2010.
    • Faculty of Petroleum Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineer, South Pars Gas Field Development (Iran). Nov. 2006 - Dec.2008.
    • Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering Department
  • Research Assistant, Sharif University of Technology (Iran). Oct. 2005 - Nov.2006.
    • Faculty of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Internship, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). Jul. 2002 - Sep.2002.
    • Petroleum Engineering Department

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

Deputy coordinator of MSc petroleum engineering programme


Research Overview

My main research is the application of smart materials in the upstream petroleum industry. The focus of my research is on phase behaviour, transportation and retention of smart colloidal systems such as complex foams in pipes/porous media and their impact on oil production enhancement as well as a fundamental understanding of the interactions at the interfaces between gaseous, liquid and solid phases at high pressure and temperature conditions. I am currently working on the application of nanoparticles in gas leakage reduction, rheologically stable drilling fluids in deepwater drilling and smart foams for artificial lifting process.

Research Interests:
• Foam phase behaviour, stability and rheological properties
• Foam flow in porous media
• Application of Nanotechnology in upstream oil and gas industry
• Biodegradable and green chemicals for upstream oil and gas industry
• Modelling and simulation of EOR processes
• Pore-scale studies of multiphase fluid


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Reservoir Engineering (Coordinator and Contributor)
  • Reservoir Simulation (Coordinator and Contributor)
  • Petroleum Engineering Design (Coordinator and Contributor)
  • Field Development Plan and Economics (Contributor)


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  • Rheological and Filtration Property Evaluations of the Nano-Based Muds for Drilling Applications in Low Temperature Environments

    Novara, R., Rafati, R., Sharifi Haddad, A.

    Colloids and Surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Recent Applications of Ultrasonic Waves in Improved Oil Recovery: A Review of Techniques and Results

    Hamidi, H., Sharifi Haddad, A., Otumudia, E. W., Rafati, R., Mohammadian, E., Azdarpour, A., Pilcher, W. G., Fuehrmann, P. W., Sosa, L. R., Cota, N., Garcia, D. C., Ibrahim, R. M., Damiev, M., Tanujaya, E.

    Ultrasonics, vol. 110, 106288

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A fracture upscaling method (FUM) for hydraulically fractured reservoirs: From discrete fracture modelling to finite difference simulations

    Sherratt, J., Sharifi Haddad, A., Rafati, R., Manzari, M. T.

    Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, vol. 83, 103611

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Developing Nanocomposite Gels from Biopolymers for Leakage Control in Oil and Gas Wells

    Yudhowijoyo, A., Rafati, R., Sharifi Haddad, A., Pokrajac, D., Manzari, M.

    Proceedings of SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition, 3-6 September, Aberdeen, UK. [SPE-195765-MS] United States: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). 12 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Impact of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles on the rheological and filtration properties of water-based drilling fluid

    Dejtaradon, P., Hamidi, H., Halim Chuks, M., Wilkinson, D., Rafati, R.

    Colloids and Surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 570, pp. 354-367

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Are we drilling in the right direction?

    Sherratt, J., Sharifi Haddad, A., Rafati, R.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Effect of nanoparticles on gel strength and gelation time of crosslinked biopolymer gels

    Rafati, R., Yudhowijoyo, A., Sharifi Haddad, A.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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