Dr. Hosseini has B.Sc. in chemical engineering from University of Isfahan and MSc. in chemical engineering-biotechnology from Sharif University of Technology. He has PhD in petroleum engineering from University of Tulsa and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M university.

Research interests are mainly topics related to fluid transport in porous media. Current research includes:
Enhanced Oil Recovery- Primary focus is on numerical simulation and reservoir (oil, gas and saline formations) characterization and modeling. This involves incorporating of multiple sources of information into the static models and history matching based on actual field data.
Enhanced Gas Recovery-Developing analytical equations for production and pressure build-up analysis due to CO2 injection into formation with residual gases.
Upscaling and Upgridding-Developing techniques to optimize models for better integration of micro-scale properties into simulation models especially dealing with new challenges in development of unconventional resources. I have been involved in developing a commercial Petrel plug-in for upgridding and upscaling of geological models(CONNECT).
AZMI monitoring- Developing new application based on available well testing techniques for Above Zone Monitoring Interval (AZMI) in CO2 sequestration sites.
Unconventional Reservoirs - Developing analytical models for fluid flow in finite scale cores to investigate laboratory observations.

Areas of Expertise

Research interests are mainly topics related to fluid transport in porous media. Current research includes: Enhanced Oil Recovery - Enhanced Gas Recovery - Upscaling and Upgridding - Above Zone Monitoring Interval - Reservoir Simulation and History Matching - Unconventional Reservoirs


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

SECARB Stacked Storage Test at Cranfield Field, MS ( view )CO2 Sequestration in Hydrocarbon Reservoirs ( view )The Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education (STORE) ( view )Fluid Flow Modeling in Shale Gas Cores ( view )EASiTool ( view )

Grant for develping analytical simulation tools (PI- $ 995,000) - DOE-NETL (2013)

Career-Development Publications Award - GAAC, BEG (2011 - 2013)

Exceptional Talented Fellows Scholarship Award - Iranian Ministry of Science (2006 - 2008)

Best Oral Presentation Award - Iranian National Chemical Engineering Society (2005)

Committee member, GAAC Award Committee, BEG (2013 - Present)

Postdocs

Seunghee Kim


Graduate Students

Sayantan Bhowmik, Ph.D., Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering-Replaces PEN


Site characterization and reservoir history matching for geological CO2 Sequestration at the S3 site, NETL-DOE, Pittsburgh-PA (2012)

Monitoring, Verification and Accounting (MVA) for CO2 Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery, AAPG-SWS, Fort Worth-TX (2012)

Cranfield Phase III Modeling, Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Stakeholders, Atlanta, GA (2011)

Brine Reinjection into Shallower Aquifers during CO2 Sequestration: A Pressure Management Practice, NGWA Ground Water Summit, Baltimore, MD (2011)

Gas cap impact on CO2 plume migration for long-term storage in saline aquifers, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, San Antonio, TX (2010)

Analytical upgridding method to preserve dynamic flow behavior, SPE International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, Denver, CO (2008)

Isolation of a new indigeneous thermophilic strain and investigation of its ability toward biodesulfurization, National Iranian Chemical Engineering Congress, Tehran,IR (2004)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position (Graduate - July 2014-July 2016)
The Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin currently has long-term, funded projects on the environmental implications of CO2 sequestration. We are currently recruiting new or recent Ph.D. scientists or engineers for a postdoctoral fellowship position.

Position: Numerical and Analytical Modeling of Fluid Flow in Porous Media and Associated Geomechanical Effects of CO2 Sequestration

We are interested in outstanding fellowship applicants with direct experience in one or more of the following topics: effects of poro-elastic stresses created by CO2 plumes, and near wellbore thermo-elastic analyses of rocks, detecting CO2 leaks by interrogating pressure data in monitoring zones, and/or detecting plume extension by pressure analysis in the injection zone. We anticipate that the successful candidate will have formal training in petroleum engineering, hydrogeology, civil engineering or related fields. Candidates with interest in theoretical analyses and mathematical modeling of coupled fluid flow/geomechanics problems are of particular interest.

These potential projects are managed by the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC), an interdisciplinary team of research geologists and engineers who conduct CO2-sequestration research at the Bureau of Economic Geology. GCCC is one of the world’s leading research groups in CO2 sequestration. Our Frio brine injection experiment was the first to monitor CO2 injection into brine, and our current Cranfield injection project builds on that earlier research, monitoring an injection of more than 1 million tons CO2/year into a brine reservoir. Several other field-scale monitoring projects are currently being studied by GCCC scientists and engineers. GCCC collaborates closely with faculty in departments across the UT-Austin campus, other universities, and U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.

This position will be based in North Austin, at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas at Austin. Austin is often on the list of top 10 or top 5 places to live in the U.S.

Please send a resume and an expression of interest to:

Dr. Seyyed Abolfazl Hosseini
Email at: seyyed.hosseini@beg.utexas.edu

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