Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


Gary Pope

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Professor

Texaco Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Director of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Email: gpope@mail.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-3235, (512) 471-3161
Office: CPE 2.502

Research Areas: Environmental Engineering; Natural Gas Engineering; Reservoir Engineering

Educational Qualifications:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1967

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1971

PGE Courses Taught:

Enhanced Oil Recovery, Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior, Reservoir Engineering, Advanced Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior, Advanced Reservoir Engineering

Research:

My research interests are in the areas of enhanced oil recovery (EOR), geological storage of CO2 (GSC), reservoir simulation, natural gas engineering (such as stimulation of blocked gas wells) and petrophysics (such as new three-phase relative permeability measurements and models). Current EOR research includes development and experimental testing of new surfactants and polymers for chemical EOR, development and applications of the UTCHEM and UTCOMP simulators, and development of new hybrid EOR processes for heavy oils. Current research on GSC includes optimization of CO2 EOR and the development of novel approaches such as coupled energy production and storage in geopressured-geothermal aquifers.

Awards & Honors:

SPE Honorary Member Award (2008)

AIME Environmental Conservation Distinguished Service Award (2008)

Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award (2006)

SPE IOR Pioneer Award (2006)

Lohmann Medal (2006)

SPE/AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal (2004)

SPE John Franklin Carll Award (2002)

SPE Distinguished Achievement Award (1996)

SPE Distinguished Member Award (1995)

SPE Reservoir Engineering Award (1991)

Highlighted Publications:

D.L. Walker, C. Britton, D.H. Kim, S. Dufour, U. Weerasooriya, and G.A. Pope, “The Impact of Microemulsion Viscosity on Oil Recovery,” SPE 154275, presented at the Eighteenth SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, OK, 14-18 April 2012.

P.J. Liyanage, S. Solairaj, G.W Pinnawala Arachchilage, H.C. Linnemeyer, D.H.Kim, U. Weerasooriya, and G.A. Pope, “Alkaline Surfactant Polymer Flooding using a Novel Class of Large Hydrophobe Surfactants,” SPE 154274, presented at the Eighteenth SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, OK, 14-18 April 2012.

S. Solairaj, C. Britton, J.Lu, D.H.Kim, U. Weerasooriya, and G.A. Pope, “New Correlation to Predict the Optimum Surfactant Structure for EOR,” SPE 154262, presented at the Eighteenth SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, OK, 14-18 April 2012.

J. Lu, C. Britton, S. Solairaj, P.J. Liyanage, D.H. Kim, S. Adkins, G. Pinnawala-Arachchilage, U. Weerasooriya, and G.A. Pope, “Novel Large-Hydrophobe Alkoxy Carboxylate Surfactants for Enhanced Oil Recovery,” SPE 154261, presented at the Eighteenth SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, OK, 14-18 April 2012.

S. Adkins, G. Pinnawala-Arachchilage, S. Solairaj, J. Lu, U. Weerasooriya, and G.A. Pope, “Development of Thermally and Chemically Stable Large-Hydrophobe Alkoxy Carboxylate Surfactants,” SPE 154256, presented at the Eighteenth SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, OK, 14-18 April 2012.

R. Ganjdanesh, S.L. Bryant, R. Orbach, G.A. Pope, and K. Sepehrnoori, “Coupled CO2 Sequestration and Energy Production from Geopressured-Geothermal Aquifers,” CMTC 151351, presented at the Carbon Management Technology Conference, Orlando, FL, February 7-9, 2012.

M. Roshanfekr, R.T. Johns, G.A. Pope, L.N. Birtton, H. Linnemeyer, C. Britton, and A. Vyssotski, “Simulation of the Effect of Pressure Temperature, and Solution Gas on Oil Recovery From Surfactant Polymer Floods,” SPE Journal, 17 (3), September, 2012.

D.B. Levitt, G.A. Pope, and S. Jouenne, “Chemical Degradation of Polyacrylamide Polymers Under Alkaline Conditions,” SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 14 (3), June, 2011.

D.B. Levitt, W. Slaughter, G.A. Pope, and S. Jouenne, “The Effect of Redox Potential and Metal Solubility on Oxidative Polymer Degradation,” SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 14 (3), June, 2011.

V. Bang, G.A. Pope, M.M. Sharma, “Phase Behavior Study of Hydrocarbon/Water/Methanol Mixtures at Reservoir Conditions,” SPE Journal, 15(4), December, 2010.