Dr Jan Vinogradov

Dr Jan Vinogradov
Dr Jan Vinogradov

Dr Jan Vinogradov



Room 168, Fraser Noble Building

King's College

University of Aberdeen

AB24 3UE

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Research Overview

Reservoir physics, geological fluid mechanics, self-potential measurements, experimental methods, theoretical and numerical modelling.

Research Specialisms

  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Hydrology

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

My research focuses on self-potential (SP) methods applied to enhanced oil recovery via controlled salinity waterflooding, hydrodynamics of saline intrusion, flows in fractured systems, wettability characterisation, geothermal energy, geological storage of CO2 and H2, and harvesting of subsurface energy. The research involves the cutting-edge experimental methods as well as theoretical and numerical modelling.

SP arises in porous media saturated with electrolytes and other NAPF (non-aqueous phase fluid) in response to pressure, concentration or temperature gradients. SP measurements and interpreted from them zeta potential improve our understanding of underlying physics of many complex interfacial phenomena. The method complemented by other petrophysical properties and geophysical methods has already demonstrated its potential to:

  1. Accurately quantify wettability;
  2. Characterise flows in fractured rock systems;
  3. Monitor fluid fronts 100s of meter away from instrumented boreholes;
  4. Design composition and concentration of injected brines for maximum oil recovery.

Other potential applications of SP measurements include:

  1. Pre-screening formations for the most efficient subsurface storage of CO2/H2;
  2. Real-time monitoring and characterisation of geothermal sources;
  3. Harvesting subsurface electrical energy.


Current collaborations:

Imperial College London, UK

British Geological Survey, UK

Curtin University, Australia

Edith Cowan University, Austarlia

Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France

Sorbonne Université, France

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


Past collaborations:

Southern Water, UK

Atkins, UK

TotalEnergies (TOTAL S.A.), France

Shell, Netherlands


Teaching Responsibilities

Reservoir Engineering I-Fundamentals - coordinator

Well Testing: Analysis and Desing - coordinator

Well Plugging And Abandonment - contributor (50%)

Near Surface & Environmental Geophysics - contributor

Topics In Advanced Applied Geophysics - contributor


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