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Office Location: CPE

Yingda Lu

Assistant Professor

Department Research Areas:
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Production Engineering
Unconventional Resources
Natural Gas Engineering

Research Website:

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2015
M.S.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2010

PGE Courses:

Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance


My research focuses on flow assurance issues that impair efficient oil and gas production. I tackle these complex problems via a multiscale approach, which combines various experimental and advanced computational techniques at microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic scales. The overall goals of my research include elucidating the fundamental physics of these flow assurance issues and developing versatile models to guide industrial practices. Current research topics include paraffin gelation and deposition in multiphase flow; asphaltene precipitation and deposition; rheological and flow behaviors of non-Newtonian petroleum fluids; and applications of molecular simulation in oil and gas production.

Awards & Honors:

Outstanding Young Faculty Award, 2017
Nomination for Excellence in Teaching Awards, 2013

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Lu, Y.; Najafabadi, N. F.; Firoozabadi, A. Effect of Low-Concentration of 1-Pentanol on the Wettability of Petroleum Fluid–Brine–Rock Systems. Langmuir 2019, 35(12), 4263-4269

Liu, H.; Lu, Y. and Zhang, J. A Comprehensive Investigation of the Viscoelasticity and Time-dependent Yielding Transition of Waxy Crude Oils. Journal of Rheology 2018, 62(2), 527-541

Li, Y.; Han, S.; Lu, Y. and Zhang, J. Influence of Asphaltene Polarity on Crystallization and Gelation of Waxy Oils. Energy & Fuels 2018, 32, 1491-1497

Ma, C.; Lu, Y.; Chen, C.; Feng, K.; Li, Z.; Wang, X. and Zhang, J. Electrical Treatment of Waxy Crude Oil to Improve Its Cold Flowability. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2017, 56 (38), 10920-10928

Lu, Y.; Najafabadi, N. F.; Firoozabadi, A. Effect of Temperature on Wettability of Oil/Brine/Rock Systems. Energy & Fuels 2017, 31 (5), 4989-4995

Lu, Y. and Savage, P. E. Supercritical Water Gasification of Lipid-extracted Hydrochar to Recover Energy and Nutrients. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids 2015, 99, 88-94

Lu, Y.; Levine, R. B. and Savage, P. E. Fatty Acids for Nutraceuticals and Biofuels from Hydrothermal Carbonization of Microalgae. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54, 4066-4071

Lu, Y.; Huang, Z.; Hoffmann, R.; Amundsen, L. and Fogler, H. S. The Counterintuitive Effects of Oil Flow Rate on Wax Deposition. Energy & Fuels 2012, 26, 4091-4097

Huang, Z.; Lu, Y.; Hoffmann, R.; Amundsen, L. and Fogler, H. S. The Effect of Operating Temperatures on Wax Deposition. Energy & Fuels 2011, 25, 5180-5188