Dr Yukie Tanino

Dr Yukie Tanino

Senior Lecturer

Dr Yukie Tanino
Dr Yukie Tanino

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room 255, Fraser Noble Building
School of Engineering
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE
Scotland, UK


Dr. Yukie Tanino is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at University of Aberdeen.  Prior to joining the University in 2012, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London (2009-2012) and in Laboratoire Fluides, Automatique et Systèmes Thermiques in France (2008-2009).  Dr. Tanino holds a B.S. (Environmental Engineering Science), M.S. (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and PhD (Environmental Fluid Mechanics) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Tanino’s research interests are in the fluid dynamics of, and mass transport in, obstructed flows such as those found in geological reservoirs, flood plains, and subsea wells. At Aberdeen Dr. Tanino leads the Subsurface Flow and Transport Laboratory located in the School of Engineering, and currently supervises/co-supervises 9 postgraduate research students with colleagues in the School of Engineering and the Institute of Medical Sciences. She also teaches enhanced oil recovery to students on the MSc and MEng programmes in Petroleum Engineering and environmental engineering to 4th year undergraduate students in the School.


Research Interests

  • Multi-phase flow in porous media.
  • Buoyancy-driven flows.
  • Instability and turbulence in stratified shear flows under confinement.
  • Turbulence and mass transport in random cylinder arrays.
  • Techniques used include:
    • ADV, LDV, PIV
    • LIF, PLIF
    • corefloods
    • microfluidics
    • X-ray microtomography
    • scanning electron microscopy
    • neutron and X-ray imaging
    • pore-network simulation
    • Darcy-scale simulation (history matching)

Current Research



  • Impact of wettability on two-phase flow in oil/water/carbonate rock systems.  Student: Magali Christensen [PhD, Oct. 2018].
  • Thermally-driven inversions in reservoir wettability and its impact on oil recovery.  Student: Mohammad Sarlak [with Alan McCue].


  • Pore-scale imaging of two-phase flow: linking in-situ contact angles to bulk properties. Student: Anelechi Ibekwe [with Dubravka Pokrajac].
  • Waterflood oil recovery under unstable viscosity ratios: a microfluidic study. Student: Olalekan Ajayi.


  • Initiation and flow through fractures: characterization using neutron and X-ray CT. Student: Girvani Manoharan [with Amer Syed and Andy Welch].
  • A pore-scale investigation of spontaneous imbibition under mixed-wet conditions. Student: Xanat Zacarias Hernandez .


  • Yong Sung Park, University of Dundee (UK)
  • Jacob LaManna, NIST (US)
  • David L Jacobson, NIST (US)
  • Daniel S Hussey, NIST (US)
  • Amer Syed, School of Engineering, Aberdeen
  • Andy Welch, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Aberdeen
  • Jean-Pierre Hulin, Laboratoire FAST (France)
  • Frederic Moisy, Laboratoire FAST (France)
  • Martin J Blunt, Imperial College London
  • Heidi M Nepf, MIT (US)

Research Grants

Our research is supported by:

  • Royal Society International Exchanges Cost Share 2018 China (with Amer Syed (PI); Mar 2019 - Mar 2021, £11066)
  • UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Overseas Travel Grant (2016 - Feb. 2018, £20.6k)
  • UK Natural Environment Research Council IODP Phase 2 (with Stephen Bowden (PI); Dec. 2016 - Sept. 2017, £35.4k)
  • COREX (UK) Ltd. (2015-2020, £41.4k)
  • Royal Society Research Grant (2014-2015, £15k)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (2014-2015, £2.5k)
  • University of Aberdeen Chevron Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Interdisciplinary Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Excellence Fund (2014)
  • Development Trust (2012, £125k)
  • Mexican National Council for Science and Technology PhD studentship (X. Zacarias Hernandez 2016-2019, £64.1k)
  • Energy Technology Partnership Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Exchanges (PECRE) grant
    • G. Manoharan 2018 £3k “Insights into mechanics of brittle fracture in rocks under triaxial conditions using combined neutron and X-ray imaging”
  • Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) Foundation grant
    • X. Zacarias Hernandez US$2.5k (2017-18), US$2k (2018-19)
    • G. Manoharan US$3.5k (2017-18)
    • O. Ajayi, 2016 US$1.5k
    • A. Ibekwe, 2016 US$2.5k
    • M. Walter, 2016
    • M. Christensen, 2014 US$2k
    • B. Akamairo, 2013
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES) bursary/grant
    • X. Zacarias Hernandez 2018 (£1k), 2019 (£1k)
    • O. Ajayi 2018 £1k
    • G. Manoharan 2017 (£500), 2018 (£1k), 2019 (£1k)
    • A. Ibekwe 2017 £500
    • M. Christensen 2013 (£2k), 2014 (£2k), 2015 (£1.5k)
    • B. Akamairo, 2015
  • University of Aberdeen PhD studentship
    • M. K. Habeeb Mohamed 2016-2019
    • O. Ajayi 2015-2018
  • College of Physical Sciences PhD studentship (M. Christensen 2013-2016)

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG552C/2G/Q1, EG502E/2N/1Y/1M) for MSc in Petroleum Engineering and MSc Oil & Gas Innovation
  • Co-lecturer, Flow Assurance (EG55F8/G8, 2013-2016) for MSc in Subsea Engineering and Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Guest lecturer, Subsea Production Systems (EG50F9/G9, 2015) for MSc in Subsea Engineering
  • Guest lecturer, Chemistry at Interfaces and Enhanced Oil Recovery (CM5037, 2014) for MSc in Oil & Gas Chemistry
  • Coordinator, MSc Individual Projects in Renewable Energy (Engineering) (EG5909, - Nov. 2016)
  • Thesis supervisor, MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering (EG5908) and Petroleum Engineering (EG5911)


  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG50HI, EG55HI)
  • Co-lecturer, Environmental Engineering (EA4527, spring 2019 -)
  • Co-lecturer, Fluid Mechanics (EG3018, EM3018, EM3019)
  • Co-lecturer, Geotechnics 2 (EG40JE, EA40JE, fall 2013 - Dec 2017)
  • Thesis supervisor, BEng/MEng in Civil, Chemical, and Petroleum Engineering (EG4013/4014)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

External examiner

  • PhD, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University 2019

Peer review

  • Reviewer for UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, US National Science Foundation, Israel Science Foundation.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Water Resources Research, Advances in Water Resources, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Hydraulic EngineeringJournal of Hydraulic Research, Aquatic Sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Geofluids, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Energy & Fuels, Fuel, Transport in Porous Media, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Lab-on-a-Chip, Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering.
  • Reviewer for 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software.


Admin Responsibilities


  • Manager, Subsurface Flow and Transport Laboratory (FN036).  Jan. 2015 -
  • Manager, Materials Teaching and Petroleum Engineering Laboratory (FN012).  Sept. 2012 - Mar. 2015
  • Chair, School of Engineering Health & Safety Committee.  Nov. 2016 -
  • Chair, School of Engineering Committee of Lab Coordinators.  Nov. 2016 -
  • Deputy Coordinator, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research (PGR) students.  Sept. 2014 - June 2018.
  • Member, School of Engineering PGR Committee.  July 2016 - June 2018.
  • Member, University Working Group on PGR Academic Admissions Process.  June - Sept. 2017.


  • Deputy Programme Leader, MSc Renewable Energy (Engineering). Oct. 2012 - Nov. 2016.
  • Member, Postgraduate Special Circumstances Committee.  Oct. 2013 - Sept. 2014.


  • Member, School of Engineering Working Group on Academic Workload Model.  Oct. 2013 -
  • Elected Member of the Senatus Academicus, 1 Oct. 2018 - 30 Sept. 2022.


  • Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability, 2006 (US$26844.50)
  • MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship Program, 2003 (US$48660)
  • The Richard Lee Russel Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2003
  • Tau Beta Pi Scholarship 2002-2003, Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society (US$2000)
  • MIT Washington Summer Internship Program, 2001
  • MIT Class of 1972 UROP Fund, 2001

Invited Lectures & Presentations

Universities and National Laboratories

  • 21 Oct 2019: College of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum - Beijing.
  • 27 Feb 2019: Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot Watt University.
  • 23, 24 Aug 2018 Training of staff from University of Dar es Salam, Tanzania as part of the EU-funded capacity building project (GA number EDF/2014/3552).  At University of Aberdeen.
  • July 2014 Neutron Physics Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Jan 2013 Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Stavanger.
  • Apr 2012 Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee.
  • Oct 2010 Petroleum and Process Technology Research Group, Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen.
  • June 2010 School of Engineering, University of Warwick.
  • Feb 2010 Hydrodynamics Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique, France.
  • Jan 2008 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University.


  • Oct 2010  Statoil Rotvoll Research Centre, Trondheim.
  • Oct 2010  Numerical Rocks, Trondheim.

Workshops and networks

Membership of Professional Bodies and Societies

  • Lifetime Member, Society of Core Analysts (SCA).
  • Chapter Affiliate, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).
  • Member, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS).
  • Early Career Researcher Member, UK CCS Research Centre.
  • Member, Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES).
  • Tau Beta Pi Scholar, 2002-03.

Group News


  • 17 Feb. Olalekan Ajayi successfully defended his MSc by Research thesis (with Distinction!).
  • 17 Jan. Anelechi Ibekwe successfully defended his PhD thesis subject to minor corrections.


  • July: Prof Eduard Vives from University of Barcelona is doing drainage/imbibition experiments in our lab for a month.
  • 20 Mar: Our collaborative application to the Royal Society International Exchange scheme (PI: Amer Syed) was successful!  This project builds on our EPSRC grant EP/N021665/1.


  • 12 Sept: Magali Christensen successfully defended her PhD thesis (subject to minor corrections)!
  • 23 - 27 July: Yong Sung Park from University of Dundee is visiting us for a week to study the limiting value of advancing contact angles on partially wetted surfaces.
  • 5 July: Xanat Zacarias Hernandez has been awarded a SPWLA grant of US$2k to fabricate glass micromoedls in-house.
  • 21 May: After 12 months of construction and assembly, Khalifa completed the first lock exchange experiment in the new Aberdeen Tilting Lock Exchange Facility (ATLEF).
  • 17 May: Xanat has been awarded a SCI-RSC Rideal Trust travel bursary of £500 towards attending the Gordon Research Seminar for Flow and Transport in Permeable Media this summer.
  • 4 May: Vani, Olalekan, and Xanat have been awarded AFES funding of £1k each.
  • 22 Feb.: Khalifa has won a 2017-18 SPE Aberdeen Section Bursary award of £500.
  • 12 Feb.: Vani has been awarded a ETP PECRE award of £3k to support her international collaboration with NIST.  This builds on our EPSRC grant EP/N021665/1.


  • 19 Dec. 2017: Anelechi Ibekwe has been awarded a Society of Chemistry Industry (SCI) travel bursary of £850.
  • 15 Dec. 2017: Vani Manoharan has been awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry/Society of Chemistry Industry Rideal travel bursary of £500.
  • Our collaboration with NIST is featured in Impact Sept. 2017 issue: 'In-situ imaging of fractured rock and flow through them using simultaneous neutron and X-ray CT'
  • 11 July 2017: Xanat Zacarias Hernandez and Vani Manoharan have been awarded a SPWLA Foundation grant for 2017-18.
  • 2 Feb. 2017: Vani and Olalekan Ajayi have been awarded AFES funding of £500 each.

2016 and earlier