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Office Location: CPE 5.174

Hugh Daigle

Associate Professor

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #2

Department Research Areas:
Geologic Carbon Storage

Personal Website:

Educational Qualifications:

AB, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2004

PhD, Earth Science, Rice University, 2011

PGE Courses:

PGE 373L - Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Design

PGE 381L - Advanced Petrophysics


My research focuses on characterizing physical and transport properties of rocks using a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical simulation. Specific areas of interest include pore-scale physical and chemical processes associated with methane hydrates; deformation mechanisms in shales and mudrocks; pore-scale fluid transport in rocks; petrophysical measurement and assessment techniques; and applications of nanoparticles in subsurface engineering. My work is aimed at improving formation evaluation, completion design, and production strategy.

Awards & Honors:

Dean's Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor, 2018.

UT PGE Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2015.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #2, 2015.

SPE Regional Formation Evaluation Award, 2014.

Leroy Caleb Gibbon Award (best-conceived and best-written thesis submitted within 6 weeks of the oral defense), Rice University Department of Earth Science, 2011.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship, 2009-2011.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Rice University Department of Earth Science, 2010.

Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2008.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Griffith, C., Daigle, H., On the shear stability of water-in-water Pickering emulsions stabilized with silica nanoparticles, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 532, pp. 83-91, December 2018.

Nole, M., Daigle, H., Cook, A.E., Malinverno, A., and Flemings, P.B., Burial-driven methane recycling in marine gas hydrate systems, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 499, pp. 197-204, October 2018.

Zhu, C., Ko, S., Daigle, H., and Zhang, B., NMR relaxation of surface-functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, Petrophysics, Volume 59, Number 3, pp. 407-417, June 2018.

Tian, X., and Daigle, H., Machine-learning-based object detection in images for reservoir characterization: a case study of fracture detection in shales, The Leading Edge, Volume 37, Number 6, pp. 435-442, June 2018.

Cousins, T.A., Ghanbarian, B., and Daigle, H., Three-dimensional lattice-Boltzmann simulations of single-phase permeability in random fractal porous media with rough pore-solid interface, Transport in Porous Media, Volume 122, Number 3, pp. 527-546, April 2018.

Tian, X., and Daigle, H., Permeability prediction from a pore-scale network model constrained by low-pressure nitrogen sorption isotherms, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 162, pp. 554-566, March 2018.

Zhang, B., and Daigle, H., Oil-soluble contrast agents for NMR, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 162, pp. 180-189, March 2018.

Zhu, C., Daigle, H., and Zhang, B., Altering nuclear magnetic resonance surface relaxation on nanoparticles by adsorption of Fe(III), Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 161, pp. 121-127, February 2018.

Griffith, C., and Daigle, H., Manipulation of Pickering emulsion rheology using hydrophilically modified silica nanoparticles in brine, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 509, pp. 132-139, January 2018.

Ko, S., Kim, E.S., Park, S., Daigle, H., Milner, T.E., Huh, C., Bennetzen, M.V., and Geremia, G.A., Amine functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for removal of oil droplets from produced water and accelerated magnetic separation, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Volume 19, Number 4, 132, 14 pages, April 2017.