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Dr. Yukie Tanino is a 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, groundwater aquifers, and flood plains.  At Aberdeen Dr. Tanino leads the Subsurface Flow and Transport Laboratory located in the School of Engineering, and currently supervises/co-supervises 10 PhD students with colleagues in the School of Engineering, the Institute of Medical Sciences, and the School of Geosciences.  She also teaches enhanced oil recovery to students on the MSc and MEng programmes in Petroleum Engineering.


Research Interests

Current Research

  • Impact of wettability on waterflood oil recovery.  Student: Magali Christensen [PhD candidate, 2018].
  • Thermally-driven inversions in reservoir wettability and its impact on oil recovery.  Student: Mohammad Sarlak [with Jim Anderson].
  • 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.


  • Amer Syed, School of Engineering, Aberdeen
  • Andy Welch, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Aberdeen
  • Jacob LaManna, NIST (US)
  • David L Jacobson, NIST (US)
  • Daniel S Hussey, NIST (US)
  • 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:

  • 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
    • G. Manoharan US$3.5k
    • X. Zacarias Hernandez 2017 US$2.5k
    • 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
    • G. Manoharan 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. A. Ajayi 2015-2018
  • College of Physical Sciences PhD studentship (M. Christensen 2013-2016)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Thesis supervisor, MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering (EG5908) and Petroleum Engineering (EG5911)
  • Co-lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG552C/2G/Q1, EG502E/2N/1Y/1M) for MSc in Petroleum Engineering
  • 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
  • Thesis supervisor, BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering and Petroleum Engineering (EG4013/4014)
  • Co-lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG50HI, EG55HI)
  • Co-lecturer, Geotechnics 2 (EG40JE, EA40JE)
  • Co-lecturer, Fluid Mechanics (EG3018, EM3018, EM3019)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Reviewer for UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, US National Science Foundation, Israel Science Foundation.
  • Reviewer for 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software.
  • Organizing committee, Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting 2013, 2018.

Admin Responsibilities

  • Manager, Subsurface Flow and Transport Laboratory
  • Chair, School of Engineering H & S Committee
  • Chair, School of Engineering Committee of Lab Coordinators
  • Deputy Coordinator, School of Engineering Postgraduate Research (PGR) students
  • Member, School of Engineering PGR Committee
  • Member, University Working Group on PGR Academic Admissions Process
  • Member, School of Engineering Working Group on Academic Workload Model


  • 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

  • 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.
  • Jun. 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

  • 22 Feb. 2018: Khalifa has won a 2017-18 SPE Aberdeen Section Bursary award of £500.

    12 Feb. 2018: 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.
  • 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.
  • 30 July 2016. Magali Christensen gave an invited presentation at the Gordon Research Seminar for Flow & Transport in Permeable Media held in Girona, Spain.
  • 21 July 2016: Olalekan, Anelechi, Muna Walter, and Iton have been awarded Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) Foundation grants for 2016-17.
  • 31 May 2016: Magali has been awarded a SCI travel bursary of £850.
  • 19 Aug. 2015: Magali gave an oral presentation at the International Symposium of the Society of Core Analysts held in St. John's Newfoundland and Laborador.
  • We're featured in Offshore Engineer April 2015 issue: 'Understanding EOR'
  • Magali has been awarded a SPWLA Foundation grant for 2014-15.
  • Loli Anggraini (MSc Oil & Gas Engineering 2013) was awarded 2nd prize in the 2013 Energy Institute Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch MSc Student Paper Competition for her presentation on "Buckley-Leverett analysis of waterflood oil recovery".  The event was hosted by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd. on 26th Nov.  See coverage.
  • Blessing Akamairo (PhD candidate) receives a SPWLA Foundation grant for 2013-14.




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