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SPE Junior Research Award Winner Presentations – Part 1

Recorded On: 06/18/2013

Topic One

This discussion will be about a study done by the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (C&PE) Department at the University of Kansas on the capability of enzyme-loaded polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles in cleaning up the filter cake generated by fracturing fluids, and the work done to quantify the effect of organic matter and pore structure on electrical resistivity of organic-rich source rocks using numerical simulations of electrical resistivity in rock-fluid systems.

Reza Barati, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, The University of Kansas

Reza Barati earned his PhD at the University of Kansas. He worked for the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) at the University of Wyoming before joining KU. His research interests include oilfield nanoparticles, characterization and simulation of conventional and tight shale reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling of unconventional shale plays, enhanced waterflooding through modification of injection-brine and CO2 Mobility and conformance control.


Zoya Heidari, Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering Department, Department of Texas A&M University

Zoya Heidari is an assistant professor at the Petroleum Engineering Department of Texas A&M University and is the Chevron Corporation Faculty Fellow in Petroleum Engineering. She received a Ph.D. (2011) in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Zoya is the director of the Texas A&M Joint Industry Research Program on “Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Characterization of Unconventional and Carbonate Reservoirs”.

She is also one of the recipients of 2012 SPE Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award to develop her research program on formation evaluation of unconventional reservoirs. Before joining Texas A&M University, Zoya worked with the Formation Evaluation Research Group at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include petrophysics, well logging, borehole geophysics, inverse problems, rock physics, and reservoir characterization of unconventional reservoirs.

Sponsored by: Research and Development Technical Section

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