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Office Location: GLT 5.228

Quoc Nguyen


J.H. Herring Centennial Professorship

Department Research Areas:
Geologic Carbon Storage
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Production Engineering
Reservoir Engineering
Unconventional Resources
Natural Gas Engineering

Educational Qualifications
PhD, Petroleum Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 2003

MS, Environmental Tech & Management, Wageningen University, 1999

MBA, Industrial Management, Asian Institute for Technology, 1997

BS, Chemical Engineering, Vietnam-Tokyo Polytechniques University, 1996

PGE Courses Taught
Formation Damage and Production Stimulation

Advanced Production Engineering

Transport Phenomena in Subsurface Systems

Natural Gas Engineering

Dr. Nguyen’s current research program is focused on (1) enhanced hydrocarbon recovery methods involving heat, gas and chemical injections, (2) complex fluids (surfactants, polymer, nanoparticles, foam, emulsion, gel) for controlling unwanted fluid production and improving the conformance of injected fluids, (3) control of corrosion and scale (asphaltenes, paraffin wax, minerals, hydrate) deposition in natural rocks and pipelines, (4) improved production of unconventional resources including enhanced flowback, non-aqueous fracturing fluids and cyclic gas injection, and (5) geological gas and water storage.

Awards & Honors
WesTEC Distinguished Leader in Science and Technology Award, 2023.

SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, 2022.

BEST of URTeC 2019 Technical Paper Award, 2019.

UT Innovator of the Year, 2019.

SPE Distinguished Member Award, 2017.

SPE Lester C. Uren Award, 2017.

Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair.

J.H. Herring Centennial Professorship.

Visiting Professor at Rice University.

Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Excellent Teaching Award, 2013.

Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellowship.

Journal of Petroleum Engineering Editorial Board Member.

International Journal of Chemical Engineering, Editorial Board Member.

SPE Forum on EOR/IOR Discussion Leader, 2015.

Invited Keynote Speaker at “Complex Fluid Flows in Porous Media” Symposium Bordeaux, 12–14 October 2015.

ACS Energy and Fuels Symposium Organizer, 2012.

Certificate of Appreciation, American Chemical Society Publications, 2012.

1st International Conference on Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Section Chair, 2012.

Best Paper Award, Delft University of Technology, 2003.

Van de Plas Award for Development of A Novel Methodology for Cleaner Production Development in Chemical Industry, 1998.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile
Chao-Yu Sie and Quoc P. Nguyen: “A non-aqueous foam concept for improving hydrocarbon miscible flooding in low permeability oil formations,” Fuel, 288, 2021.

Guangwei Ren, Hang Zhang, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Effect of Surfactant Partitioning on Mobility Control During CO2 Flooding,” SPE Journal, 18 (4), 2013.

Galang Ramadhan, George Hirasaki, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Foaming Behavior of CO2-Soluble, Viscoelastic Surfactant in Homogenous Porous Media,” SPE-190302, SPE IOR,14-18 April 2018, Tulsa, USA.

Chao-yu Sie and Quoc P. Nguyen: “Field Gas Huff-n-Puff for Improving Oil Recovery in Eagle Ford Shale - The Effect of Injection Gas Composition and Cycle,” Energy & Fuels, 37 (7), 2023.

Tim Bozeman, Will Nelle, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Small Scale EOR Pilot in the Eastern Eagle Ford Boosts Production,” SPE Res Eval & Eng, 26 (03), 2023.

Dany Hachem, Aaron Sanders, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Wettability Alteration Using Silane to Improve Water-Alternating-Gas Injectivity,” ACS Omega, 7(43), 2022.

Das, Soumik; Nguyen, Quoc P.; Patil, Pramod; Yu, Wanglin; Bonnecaze, Roger: “Wettability Alteration of Calcite by Non-Ionic Surfactants" Langmuir, 34 (36), pp 10650–10658, Sept. 2018.

Naveed Arsalan, Jan J. Buiting, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Surface Energy and Wetting Behavior of Reservoir Rocks,” Colloids and Surfaces A, 467, 2015.

Amit Katiyar, Pramod D Patil, Neeraj Rohilla, Matt Crosley, Thomas Miller, Pete Rozowski, Jay Evans, Tim Bozeman, Quoc P Nguyen: “Unconventional Reservoir Hydrocarbon-Gas Foam Enhanced-Oil-Recovery Pilot: Design, Implementation, and Performance Analysis" SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 24 (01), 2021.

Armin Hassanzadeh, Amit Katiyar, Hosein Kalaei, Doug Pecore, Ephraim Schofield, Quoc P. Nguyen: “A novel foam process with CO2 dissolved surfactant for improved sweep efficiency in EVGSAU field,” Geoenergy Science and Engineering, 231, Part A, 2023.

Xiao Luo, Quoc P. Nguyen, and David DiCarlo: “Experimental study on the formation damage caused by gas fracturing fluids,” J. Pet. Sci. Eng., 192, 2020.

Motaz Taha, Pramod Patil, Quoc P. Nguyen: “The effect of rock permeability and pore structure on foam in carbonate rocks,” Fuel, 346, 2023.

Alolika Das, Nhut Nguyen, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Low Tension Gas Flooding for Secondary Oil Recovery in Low-Permeability, High-Salinity Reservoirs,” Fuel, 264, 116601, 2020.

Das, N. Nguyen, R. Farajzadeh, J.G. Southwick, S. Vincent-Bonnieu, S. Khaburi, A. Al Kindi, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Experimental Study of Injection Strategy for Low-Tension-Gas Flooding in Low Permeability, High Salinity Carbonate Reservoirs,’ J. Pet. Sci. Eng., 184, 2020.

Stefan M. Szlendak, Nhut M. Nguyen, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Laboratory Investigation of Low-Tension-Gas Flooding for Improved Oil Recovery in Tight Formations,” SPE Journal, 18 (5), 2013.

Sean D. Brame, Litan Li, Biplab Mukherjee, Pramod D. Patil, Stephanie Potisek, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Organic bases as additives for steam-assisted gravity drainage,” Pet. Sci., 16 (6), 1332–1343.

Chao-Yu Sie, Bradley Nguyen, Orlando Castellanos Diaz, Marco Verlaan, and Quoc P. Nguyen: “Viscous Oil Recovery and In-situ Deasphalting in Fractured Reservoirs — Part 2: Effect of Solvent Type and Temperature, Fuel, 247, pp 294–301, 2019.

Neha Anand, Brandon Tang, Bradley Nguyen, Vence Sie, Marco Verlaan, Orlando Castellanos-Diaz, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Effects of Rate, Temperature and Solvent Type on Vapor Oil Gravity Drainage in Fractured Reservoirs,” SPE Journal, 2019.

Cuong T. Q. Dang, Long Nghiem, Ngoc Nguyen, Zhangxin Chen, Quoc Nguyen: “Evaluation of CO2 Low Salinity Water-Alternating-Gas for enhanced oil recovery,” J NAT GAS SCI ENG, 35, Part A, 2016.

Hieu T. Pham, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on Clay Swelling and Aqueous Stability of Nanoparticle Dispersions,” Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 16 (1), 2014.

Cigdem O. Metin, Roger T. Bonnecaze, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Shear Rheology of Silica Nano-particle Dispersions,” Applied Rheology, 21, (1), 2011.

Naveed Arsalan, Sujeewa S. Palayangoda, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Characterization of Asphaltene Deposition in a Stainless Steel Tube,” J. Pet. Sci. Eng., 121, 2014.

Oualid M'barki, John Clements, Luis Salazar, James Machac, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Effects of oil composition on interactions between paraffinic and asphaltenic components and the performance of paraffin inhibitors.” Geoenergy Science and Engineering, 225, 2023.