Dr Lateef Akanji

Dr Lateef Akanji
PhD, DIC, FHEA, CEng, Eur Ing, MEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer

Senior Lecturer

Dr Lateef Akanji
Dr Lateef Akanji

Contact Details


  • 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. 

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)


 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

PhD students

Toochuwu Onwuliri

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

Chibuzo Onyemara

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

Ibrahim Ayuba

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

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


Teaching Responsibilities

Field Development Planning

Well and Production Engineering

Facilities Engineering



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