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Kishore Mohanty


W.A. (Monty) Moncrief Centennial Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Director of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Hydraulic Fracturing and Reservoir Geomechanics
Reservoir Engineering
Reservoir Simulation

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Educational Qualifications:

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1976

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1981

PGE Courses Taught:


Petroleum Fluids

Reservoir Engineering II

Advanced Reservoir Engineering


Dr. Mohanty's research focuses on transport of simple and complex fluids in complex microstructured materials for applications in energy, environment and biotechnology. In particular, his research team works on Alkaline-Surfactant-Polymer Flooding, Gas EOR, Nanoparticles for EOR, Heavy Oils, Wettability Alteration, and Fractured Reservoirs. He is a member of the SPE R&D Committee.

Awards & Honors:

SPWLA Gold Medal Award, 2014.

AIME/SPE Anthony F. Lucas Technical Leadership Gold Medal, 2013.

Certificate of Appreciation, American Chemical Society Publications, 2011.

Pioneer Award, SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, 2008.

Distinguished Member Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2007.

Peer Apart: Top Technical Reviewers Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2007.

Outstanding Review Chair, SPE Journal Editorial Board, 2006.

W. T. Kittinger Outstanding Teacher Award, Cullen College of Engineering, 2004-2005.

Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, University of Houston, 2004.

Senior Faculty Research Award, Cullen College of Engineering, 2003-2004.

Outstanding Teacher Award, Cullen College of Engineering, 2003-2004.

Chemical Weekly’s Padmashri Dr. G. P. Kane Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2003.

ARCO Exceptional Contribution Award, 1984.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Singh, R. & Mohanty, K. K., “Synergism between Nanoparticles and Surfactants in Stabilizing Foams for Oil Recovery,” Energy & Fuels, 29 (2), 467-479 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/ef5015007

Singh, R. & Mohanty, K. K., “Foams Stabilized by In-Situ Surface-Activated Nanoparticles in Bulk and Porous Media,” SPE 170942-PA, SPE J., (2015). DOI: 10.2118/170942-PA.

Gu, M., Dao, E., and Mohanty, K.K., “Investigation of Ultra-Light Weight Proppant Application in Shale Fracturing,” Fuel, 150, 191-201 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2015.02.019.

Goudarzi, A., Delshad, M., Mohanty, K.K., and Sepehrnoori, K., “Surfactant Oil Recovery in Fractured Carbonates: Experiments and Modeling of Different Matrix Dimensions,” J. Pet. Sci. & Engg., 125, 136-145 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2014.11.008

Lee, D., Cho, H., Kwon, J., Lee, J., Huh, Chun H., Mohanty, K. K., “Fly Ash Nanoparticles as a CO2 Foam Stabilizer,” Powder Technology, in press (2015).

Panthi, K. & Mohanty, K. K., “A Triblock Copolymer for Polymer Flood in Porous Media,” J. Pet. Sci. & Engg., 114, 52-60 (2014). DOI:10.1016/j.petrol.2014.01.001

Sharma, H., Dufour, S., Arachchilage, G., Weerasooriya, U., Pope, G. A. & Mohanty, K. K., “Alternative alkalis for ASP flooding in anhydrite containing oil reservoirs,” Fuel, 140, 407-420 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2014.09.082

Lu, J., Goudarzi, A., Chen, P., Kim, D.H., Delshad, M., Mohanty, K.K., Sepehrnoori, K., Weerasooriya, U.P., Pope, G.A., “Enhanced Oil Recovery from High-Temperature, High-Salinity Naturally Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs by Surfactant Flood,” J. Pet. Sci. & Engg., in print (2015).

Doorwar, S. & Mohanty, K. K., “Extension for Dielectric Breakdown Model for Simulation of Viscous Fingering at Finite Viscosity Ratios,” Phys. Rev. E., 90 (1) (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.013028

Chen, C., Balhoff, M. & Mohanty, K. K., “Effect of Reservoir Heterogeneity on Primary Recovery and CO2 Huff-n-Puff Recovery in Shale Oil Reservoirs,” SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, Volume 17, Issue 03, pages 404-413, August 2014, doi:10.2118/164553-PA.

Wang, L. & Mohanty, K. K., “Enhanced Oil Recovery in Gas-Flooded, Carbonate Reservoirs by Wettability –Altering Surfactants,” SPE 164126, SPE Journal, 20, Feb. 2014.DOI: 10.2118/166283-PA.