Environmental Factors in Petroleum and Mining

In recent years, there has been increased interest from industry, environmental groups and government regulators regarding potential impacts to the environment and health effects to the general public from exploration and production activities. At S&T, researchers investigate the causes, implications and potential solutions to these environmental issues. Active research projects include water resources and contaminant transport processes related to produced waters and acid rock drainage. S&T is also developing technologies to limit the volumes of produced waters. Other research focuses on the health effects of unconventional resource development, including natural gas compressor leakage, flaring activities and wellbore integrity.

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Interested in discussing the research we are working on or learning more? Please contact:

Dr. Baojun Bai

Lester R. Birbeck Endowed Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Water management, conformance control, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), CO2 EOR and Storage, fluid flow in porous media, and
unconventional oil and gas development.

For additional information regarding Dr. Bai's research, please visit his website, or select here for publications.

Dr. David Borrok

Gulf Oil Foundation Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Research Interests

Water resources, water quality, aqueous geochemistry, petroleum geochemistry, and geomicrobiology.

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Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Hydraulic fracturing, wellbore construction, well integrity, production engineering and artificial lift. 

For additional information regarding Dr. Dunn-Norman's research, please select here for publications.

Dr. Abdulmohsin Imqam

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Enhanced oil recovery from unconventional and conventional resources, hydraulic fracture stimulation (proppant transport and fracture fluid evaluation), wellbore integrity, and production system modeling and optimization.

For additional information regarding Dr. Imqam's research, please see his website, or select here for his publications.

Dr. Mingzhen Wei

Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir simulation, data mining, unconventional resources, and enhanced oil recovery.

For additional information regarding Dr. Wei's research, please see her website, or select here for publications.