Farzam Javadpour

Farzam  Javadpour
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences


Email: farzam.javadpour@beg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 232 8068
Office: JGB , BEG
Mailcode: E0630

I am a reservoir engineer with a research interest in dispersion phenomena in porous systems. The systems of interest include hydrocarbon reservoirs and brine aquifers. Natural rocks in these systems are among the most fascinating and complicated porous systems. This interest has led me to work on different applications in energy and the environment. Some examples are:

Shale gas and tight oil: These types of reservoirs are categorized as unconventional reservoirs. The size of the pores (nanometer scale) in these reservoirs are orders of magnitude smaller than the pores (micrometer scale) in conventional reservoirs. At the nanoscale, most continuum equations, e.g. Darcy equation, may not be valid. Characterizing nanopores and obtaining new sets of governing equations to describe fluid flow (gas, liquid, and two-phase) in nanoporous systems are my major research foci.

CO2 injection up-scaling: The process of CO2 injection into geological formations, e.g. EOR, EGR, and storage/sequestration, is a complex process that needs a potpourri of multi-physics, e.g. diffusion, convection, and chemical reaction. Current research relates these processes at the pore scale to meaningful macroscale coefficients to be used in commercial simulators.

Application of nanotechnology in rock characterization and fluid flow: Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) to detect nanopores and different materials in shale-gas systems and seal beds. AFM is a non-destructive technique for mapping topologies at the molecular scale. We also use AFM to measure interactive forces of fluid molecules and pore inner walls to determine slip length to be used in flow models.

We use molecular dynamics simulations to study flow in a single nanopore and use Lattice Boltzmann and network models to study fluid flow in more complex networks of nanopores.

I serve as the PI of the NanoGeosciences Laboratory and CoPI of the Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL). My group studies nanopores and fluid transport through nanoporous material.

Areas of Expertise

Dispersion phenomena in porous systems (hydrocarbon reservoirs and brine aquifers); shale gas; tight oil, CO2 injection up-scaling; EOR, EGR, and sequestration; nonotechnology in rock characterization.


Best Summer Lecturer - University of Calgary (2017 - 2017)

A Peer Apart - Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (2014 - 2014)

Jack H. Mayfield, Jr. Fund for "Excellence in the Geological Sciences" - Jackson School of Geosciences, UT-Austin (2013 - 2013)

Total E&P USA "Petroleum Faculty Fellowship in Geological Sciences," 2013 - Jackson School of Geoscieces, UT-Austin (2013 - 2013)

Outstanding Service Award - Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (2010 - 2010)

The Dr. S.M. Farouq Ali Best Paper - Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (2009 - 2009)

Dr. M. Butler Memorial Best Paper - Canadian International Petroleum Conference (2007 - 2007)

Postdoctoral fellowship - National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2006 - 2008)

Associate Editor, SPE Journal, Editorial board, SPE Journal (2020 - Present)

Chair, Short course committee, AAPG (2017)

Chair, Equipment Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT-Austin (2013 - 2015)

Associate Editor, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, Editorial board, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (2005 - 2010)

Wang, S., Qin, C., Feng, Q., Javadpour, F. & Rui, Z. (2021). A framework for predicting the production performance of unconventional resrouces using deep learning. Applied Energy, 295(117016). doi:.

Javadpour, F., Singh, H., Babaei, M. & Enayati, S. (2021). Gas flow models in shale: A Review. Energy and Fuels, 35(4), 2999-3010. doi:.

Zhang, T., Javadpour, F., Li, X. & Wu, K. (2021). Pore-Scale Perspective of Gas/Water Two-Phase Flow in Shale. SPE Journal. doi:.

Tahmasebi, P., Javadpour, F. & Enayati, S. (2020). Digital rock techniques to study shale permeability: A mini-review. Energy and Fuels, 34(12), 15672-15685. doi:.

Zho, H., Javadpour, F., Deng, S., Jiang, X., Li, Z. & Li, H. (2020). Reassessing water slippage in hydrophobic nanostructures. Journal of Chemical Physics, 153, 191101. doi:.

Sheng, G., Su, Y., Javadpour, F., Wang, W., Zhan, S. & Liu, J. (2020). A New Slip Coefficient Model Considering Adsorbed Gas Diffusion in Shale Gas Reservoirs. Energy and Fuels, 34, 12078-12087. doi:.

Zhang, T., Javadpour, F., Li, X., Wu, K., Sun, Z., Li, J. & Yin, Y. (2020). Mesoscopic Method to Study Water Flow in Nanochannels with different wettability. Physical Review E, 102, 013306 (1-17). doi:.

Zho, H., Javadpour, F., Deng, S., Jiang, X., Li, Z. & Li, H. (2020). Liquid Slippage on Rough Hydrophobic Surfaces with and without Gas Bubbles. Physics of Fluids, 32(8), 082003. doi:.

Rabbani, A., Babaei, M. & Javadpour, F. (2020). A Triple Pore Network Model (T-PNM) for Gas Flow Simulation in Fractured, Micro-porous and Mesoporous Media. Transport in Porous Media, 132, 707-740. doi:.

Sheng, G., Zhao, H., Su, Y., Javadpour, F., Wang, C., Zhou, Y., Liu, J. & Wang, H. (2020). An Analytical Model to Couple Gas Storage and Transport Capacity in Organic Matter with Noncircular Pores. Fuel, 268(15), 117288. doi:.

Zhang, T., Javadpour, F., Ying, Y. & Li, X. (2020). Upscaling Water Flow in Composite Nanoporous Shale Matrix Using Lattice Boltzmann Method. Water Reources Research. doi:.

Wang, S., Feng, Q., Javadpour, F., Zha, M. & Cui, R. (2020). Multiscale Modeling of Shale Apparent Permeability: An Integrated Study of Molecular Dynamics and Rigid Pore Network Model. SPE Journal, 25(3). doi:.

Advances in Unconventional Shale Gas Resources, Department of geological sciences, Hildebrand Austin Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT-Austin (2021)

Advances in Unconventional Shale Gas Resources, Department of Geological Sciences, UT-Austin (2020)

Unconventional Resources and Their Development History in the US., China University of Petroleum, East China,, Qingdao, China (2019)

Essentials for Understanding Unconventional Mudrock Plays, AAPG, San Antonio, TX (2019)

Key Exploration and Development Technology of Low Permeability and Extra-low Permeability Oil Reservoir, McCombs School of Business, UT-Austin (2012)

YearSemesterCourse
2020Fall GEO 371T Adv Unconven Shale Gas Res-Wb
2020Fall GEO 391 Adv Unconven Shale Gas Res-Wb
2019Fall GEO 371T Adv In Unconven Shale Gas Res
2019Fall GEO 391 Adv In Unconven Shale Gas Res
2017Fall GEO 371T Adv In Unconven Shale Gas Res
2017Fall GEO 391 Adv In Unconven Shale Gas Res