Dr. MD Motiur Rahman
Dr. md motiur rahman Associate Professor Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Contact Information
md.rahman@ku.ac.ae 02 312 3430

Biography

Dr. Md Motiur Rahman is an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering.  Before joining Khalifa University in 2010, he was a Senior Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia. He was an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, UAE University during 2007-2008. He has about 7 years’ industry experience in oil/gas and geothermal energy.  He is a life member of SPE and co-chaired many technical sessions of SPE Conferences. He authored/co-authored over 90 journal and conference papers. His research interests are: well stimulation by acidizing and hydraulic fracturing, unconventional resources, enhanced and improved oil and gas recovery.

PATENT:

Haroun M., Ansari A., Rahman M.M.,  Chilingar G., Title of the invention: "Advanced electrokinetic (ek) oil recovery using low concentration acids (LCA)" Applicants: Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 2017


Education
  • Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, 2002, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology, 1994, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering, 1993, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australiaa.
  • Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering, 1990, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australiaia
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering, 1985, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Teaching
  • Completion and Workover (PEEG341)
  • Production Engineering (PEEG447)
  • Stimulation of Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs (STEM002)
  • Well Performance Evaluation (PEEG314)
  • Well Stimulation (PEEG640)
  • Advaned Well Test Analysis (PEEG610)
  • Soft Skills for Petroleum Engineering Projects (PEEG395)

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Research
Research Interests
  • Well Stimulation (Hydraulic Fracturing, Acid Fracturing and Matrix Acidizing)
  • Enhanced and Improved Oil/Gas Recovery
  • Unconventional Resources

Research Projects

ADCO Funding on ‘Evaluation of the potential of smart waterflooding to enhance oil recovery from Asab field’ (US$ 1.99M) as Co-Investigator. Completed on 31 March 2022 and final report just submitted.

CIRA funding on ‘Maximizing Oil Recovery from Cheleken Challenging Sandstone Reservoirs - Hybrid Smartwater NanoPolymer: A Novel Environomic EOR Technique’ (US$750,000; from 01 July 2019, as Principal Investigator), to be completed on 30 November 2022.

Start-up-Fund project “Crabonate wettability characterization as function of surface roughness and mineralogical heterogeneity”, Dr Arif’s Faculty Start Up Fund, January 2020 (as Co-Investigaor), to be completed on 31 December 2022.

KU-KFUPM Funding on ‘Systematic investigation of rock/fluid interactions at nano-to millimetre-scale: Implications for enhanced oil recovery’ (AED 1.5M as Co-Investigator), January 2021- December 2023.


Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Staff
Mr. Jassim Ponnabathayil Visiting Researcher (Research Associate)
Students
Mr. Chuangchuang Qi Just finished MSc and joined as PhD Student
Anisa Nugrahaningtyas MSc Student
Additional Info

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS

January 2010 - Present: Associate Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

January 2008 - January 2010: Senior Lecturer, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

February 2004 - January 2008: Associate Professor (September 2007 - January 2008), Assistant Professor (February 2004 - August 2007), UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

April 2002 - February 2004: Lecturer (Level B), The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

July 1997 - March 2002: Teaching and Research Assistant (PhD Student), The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

November 1994 - June 1997: Engineering Tutor/Geothermal Engineer, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

January 1991 - June 1993: Research Assistant, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

November 1995 - February 1990: Assistant Engineer (Drilling and Production), Sylhet Gas Fields Ltd., Sylhet, Bangladesh.

HONORS/AWARDS

  • R&D Research Top Ideas Award by ADNOC Oil & Gas Sub Committees, February 2014
  • R&D Lantern Faculty Award by ADNOC Oil & Gas Sub Committees, February 2012

PUBLICATIONS (LAST 10 YEARS):

JOURNAL PAPERS:
1. Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M., Al Kobaisi, M., Kim, M., Suboyin, A., Bharat, S., Ponnambathayil, J.A., Punjabi, S. “Investigation of Hybrid-nanoparticle-Acid Fluid (HNAF): Influence of Wettability and Interfacial ension Mecahnisms in Harsh Carbonate Reservoirs for Improved Oil Recovery”, ACS Omega, 2022 (accepted, in press).

2. Al Hameli, F., Suboyin, A., Al Kobaisi, M., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M. “Modeling Fracturing Propagation in a Dual-Porosity System: Pseudo-3D-Carter-Dual-Porosity Model”, Energies, 2022, 15, 6779.  

3. Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M., Al Kobaisi, M., Kim, M., Suboyin, A., Bharat, S., Ponnambathayil, J.A., Punjabi, S. “Insights into Nanoparticles, Electrokinetics and Hybrid Techniques on Improving Oil Recovered in Carbonate Reservoirs”, Energies, 2022, 15, 5502.

4. Al-Hajri, S., Bahamon, D., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M., Vega, L.F., “Adhesion and Cohesion of Silica Surfaces with Quartz Cement: A Molecular Simulations Study”, ACS Omega, 2022, 7, pp. 22303-22316. 

5. Al-Hajri, S., Negash, B.M., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M., Al-Shami, T.M., “Perspective Review of Polymers as Additives in Water-Base Fracturing Fluid”, ACS Omega, 2022, 7, pp. 7431-7443.

6. Lu, J., Rahman, M.M., Yang, E., Alhamami, M.T. and Zhong, H. “Pressure transient behavior in a multilayer reservoir with formation crossflow”, J. of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2022, 208, 109376.

7. Al-Hajri, S., Negash, B.M., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M., Al-Shami, T.M., “Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on Polymer Adsorption Reduction on Marcellus Shale”, ACS Omega, 2021, 6(44), pp. 29537–29546.

8. Wen, C., Rahman, M.M., Shaik, A.R. and Lu, J. “An Investigation into Boosting Pressure in the Cavity while Hydra-Jet-Assisted Fracturing - An Improved Model with Insightful Sensitivity Analysis”, Aranbian J. of Science and Engineering, September 2021, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13369-021-06184-4.

9. Gao, Y., Rahman, M.M., and Lu, J. “Novel mathematical model for transient pressure analysis of multi-fractured horizontal well in naturally-fractured oil reservoir”, ACS Omega, 2021, 6(23), pp. 15205-15221.

10. Suboyin, A., Rahman, M.M., and Haroun, M.M. “Hydraulic fracturing design considerations and optimal usage of water resources for Middle Eastern tight gas reservoirs’, ACS Omega, 2021, 6(20), pp. 13433-13446.

11. Al Mteriri, S., Suboyin, A., Rahman, M.M., and Haroun, M. “Hydraulic fracturing propagation and analysis in heterogenerous Middle Eastern tight gas reservoirs: Influence of natural fractures and well placement”, ACS Omega, 2021, 6, pp. 799-815.

12. Rahman, M.M., Zhang, Z., and Shaik, A. “Investigation of the linear elastic fracture mechanics and its applicability in hydraulic fracturing modeling and design”, Special Topics & Review in Porous Media – An International Journal, 2020, 11(6), pp. 577-594.

13. Suboyin, A., Rahman, M.M., and Haroun, M. “Hydraulic fracturing design considerations, water management challenges and insights for Middle Eastern shale gas reservoirs”, Energy Reports, Elsevier, 2020, 6, pp. 745-760.

14. Lu, J., Zhou, B., Rahman, M.M., and He, X. “New solution to the pressure transient equation in a two-layer reservoir with crossflow”, J. of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 2019, 362, pp.680-693.

15. Lu, J., Qu, J. and Rahman, M.M. “A New Dual –Permeability Model for Naturally Fractured Reservoirs”, Special Topics and Reviews in Porous Media – An International Journal, 2019, 10(5), pp.485-502.

16. Lu, J., Xu, J. and Rahman, M.M. “An Analytical model on Production Prformance of Multiple Wells Producing at Constant Bottomhole Pressure”, Special Topics and Reviews in Porous Media – An International Journal, 2019, 10(1), pp.31-48.

17. Rahman, M.M., Suboyin, A., and Haroun, M. “Unconventional Gas Production from Hydraulically Fractured Well – An Application of Direct Search Based Optimization Algorithm”, Int., J. of Recent Technology and Engineering, 8, Issue-2S11, 2019. 

18. Zhang, H., Shaik, A.R. and Rahman, M.M. “Numerical Simulation of Stress Distribution Around a Well due to Fluid Flow in Poroelastic Tight oil and Gas Formation: An Application of Finite Element Method”, Int. J. of Applied Engineering Research, 2019, 14 (13), pp. 3036-3047.

19. Lu, J., Shi, S. and Rahman, M.M. “New mathematical models for production performance of a well producing at constant bottomhole pressure”, Special Topics and Reviews in Porous Media – An International Journal, 2018, 9(3), pp.261-278.

20. Lu, J., Dai, F. Rahman, M.M. and Escobar, F.H. “Boundary Dominated Flow in Low Permeability Reservoir with Threshold Pressure Gradient”, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2017, 12 (23), pp.6834-6843. 

21. Olayiwola, S.O. and Rahman, M.M. “Optimizing Economic Number of Transverse Fractures in Horizontal Well – A Systematic Design for Maximum Tight Gas Recovery”, CSCanada Advances in Petroleum Exploration and Development, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2017, pp. 32-42. 

22. Ansari, A., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M. and Chilingar, G.V., “Effect of Depth of Penetration on Capillary Number by Application of EK-Low-Concentration Acid IOR in Abu Dhabi Carbonates”, Interdisplinary Journal of Chemistry, 2(2), 2017, pp.1-12. 

23. Ansari, A., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M., Chilingar, G.V. and Sarma, H. “A Novel Improved Oil Recovery Aproach for Increasing Capillary Number by Enhancing Depth of Penetration in Abu Dhabi Carbonate”, J. of Harmonized Research in Applied Sciences, 2017, 5(1), pp.13-36.

24. Lu, J., Li, S. Rahman, M.M. and Escobar, F.H. “Production Performance of Horizontal gas Wells Associated with Non-Darcy Flow”, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2016, 11 (11), pp.1-8. 

25. Ansari, A., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M. and Chilingar, G.V. “Electrokinetic Driven Low-Concentration Acid Improved Oil Recovery in Abu Dhabi Tight Carbonate Reservoirs”, Electrochemica Acta, Elsevier, 2015, 181, pp.255-270.

26. Wang, Z. and Rahman, M.M. “Numerical Modeling of Acid Fracture Conductivity to Improve Productivity Index of Tight Carbonate Oil Reservoirs”, CETI Canadian Energy Technology & Innovation Journal, 2015, 2 (2), pp.26-35.

27. Wang, Z.  and Rahman, M.M.  “Acid Fracturing Integrated Model to Enhance Productivity of Tight Carbonate Formation”, Petroleum Science and Tchnology, 2014, 32, pp. 2422-2433.

28. Rahman, M.M. and Sarma, H.K. “Enhancing Tight Gas Recovery through Hydraulic Fracture treatment Design Optimization”, CSCanada-Advances in Petroleum Exploration and Development, 2013, 5, pp. 1-7.

29. Rahman, M.M. and Abdulrazak, M.K.A. “Enhancing Oil Production from Tight Formations Under Reverse Faulting Stress Regime by Multistage Fracturing”, Energy Sources, Part A, 2013, 35, pp.2242-2249.

30. Rahman, M.K., Salim, M.M. and Rahman, M.M. “Analytical Modeling of Non-Darcy Flow-induced Conductivity Damage in Propped Hydraulic Fractures”, J. of Energy Resources Technology, 2012, 134, pp. 043101-1 – 043101-8.

31. Rahman, M.M.  and Rahman, M.K. “Optimizing Hydraulic Fracture to Manage Sand Production by Predicting Critical Drawdown Pressure in Gas Well”, J. of Energy Resources Technology, 2012, 134, pp. 013101-1 – 013101-9.

CONFERENCE PAPERS:
1. Fathy, A., Arif, M., Rahman, M.M., Iglauer, S., Mathew, N., “Wettability of shale/oil/brine systems: A new physicochemical and imaging approach”, IPTC-22177-MS, 21-23 February 2022, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2. Hashmi, U.I., Osisanya, S., Rahman, M.M., Ghosh, B., Subaihi, M.H., Kuwair, H.F.“Optimization of Nitrogen Lifting Operation in Horizontal Wells of Carbonate Formation”,  IPTC-22397-MS, 21-23February 2022, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

3. AlMteiri, S., Suboyin, A., Rahman, M.M. and Haroun, M. “Influence of Natural Fractures on Multi-Stage Hydraulic Fracture Propagation in Tight Middle Eastern Reservoir”, SPE 209939, SPE Symposium: Unconventionals in the Middle East, 23-24 March 2022, Bahrain. 

4. Qi, C., Rabbani, A.I., Suboyin, A., Ponnambathayil, J.A., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M., Ma, Q., Gibrata, M., Rouis, L., Djanuar, Y. “An Integrated Reservoir Characterization Approach and Evaluation towards an Understanding of an EOR Sandstone Candidate field development”, ASME 41st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2022, June 5-10, 2022, Hamburg, Germany.

5. Ma, Q., Xia, W., Tang, Y., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M., Gibrata, M., Rouis, L., Djanuar, Y. Eldali, M.A., Rabbani, A.I., Ponnambathayil, J.A. and Suboyin, A. “Novel Nano And Bio-based Surfactant Formulation For Hybrid Enhanced Oil Recovery Technologies”, SPE 206288, Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 21-23 September 2021, Dubai, UAE.

6. Suboyin, A., S., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M., “Water Management and Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in Middle Eastern Tight Gas Reservoirs”, ASME 40th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2021, June 21-30, Virtual Online 2021. Paper no. OMAE2021-62784.

7. Haoge, L., Rahman, M.M. and Lu, J. “Analytical Solution of Stress State Wellbore Instability Due to Collapse Washout and Induced Fractures’, IADC/SPE-201021, Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference, Virtual Online, 8-9 June, 202. 

8. Suboyin, A., S., Rahman, M.M. and Haroun, M., “Quantitative Charaterization, Design Considerations and Sustainable Resource Management for Middle Eastern Tight Gas Reservoirs”, ASME 39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2020, August 3-7, Virtual Online 2020. Paper no. OMAE2020-19307.

9. Alhajeri, T. and Rahman, M.M., “Computational Fluid Dynamics of HCl Single and Two-Phase Oil Flow in a Multi-Stage Vertical and Horizontal Acid Fractured Well”, SPE 197662 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conf., 11-14 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

10. Kim, M., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M. and Al Kobaisi, M., “Hybrid Nano Acid Fluid Pulsed with Electrokinetic to Stimulate Tight Carbonate Reservoirs: A Novel EOR/IOR Method”,  SPE 196317, SPE/IATMI Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, 29 - 31 Oct 2019, Bali, Indonesia.

11. Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M., Li, Y., Jiang, C., Ghedan, S. and Wu, Yongfu. “Maximizing Oil Recovery Through Hybrid Smartwater Surface Active Polymer (HSWFSAP): A Novel Environomic EOR Technology”, SPE 198557 Gas & Oil Technology Showcase and Conference, 21 - 23 October 2019, Dubai, UAE

12. Rahman, M.M., Suboyin, A. and Haroun, M. “Unconventional Gas Production from Hydraulically Fractured Well – An Application of Direct Search Based Optimization Algorithm’, 16th World Conference on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, 21-22 February 2019, Dubai, UAE.

13. Suboyin, A., S., Rahman, M.M., Haroun, M. and Shaik, A.R., “A Novel Dynamic Assessment of Multi-Stage Hydraulic Fracture Propagation in Presence of Natural Fractures in Shale Gas Reservoirs”. SPE 192811 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conf., 12-15 November 2018.

14. Abdelfatah, E. R., Bang, S., Pournik, M., Shiau, B.J., Harwell, J., Haroun, M. and Rahman, M.M. , “Acid Diversion in Carbonates with Nanoparticles-Based In Situ Gelled Acid” SPE 188188, Abu Dhabi International Exhibition & Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13-16 November 2017.   

15. Yim, Y., Haroun, M.R. Al Kobaisi, M. Sarma, H.K., Gomes, J.S. and Rahman, M.M., “Experimental Investigation of Electrokinetic Assisted Hybrid Smartwater EOR in Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 188267, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13-16 November 2017. 

16. Abdelfatah, E.R., Kang, K. Pournik, M., Shiau, B., Harwell, J., Haroun, M.R. and Rahman, M.M., “Study of Nanoparticle Adsorption and Release in Porous Media Based on the DLVO Theory”, SPE 185484, Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-19 May 2017.

17. Ansari, A., Haroun, M. Rahman, M.M. and Chilingar, G.V. “A Novel Cos-Effective Approach for Enhancing capillary Number while Stimulating Abu Dhabi Tight Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 182046, Russian Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition, Moscow, 24-26 October, 2016.

18. Ansari, A., Haroun, M. Rahman, M.M. and Chilingar, G.V. “Integrated Aprocah to Analyze the Compatibility and Performance of Electrokinetic Low-Concentraiton Acid IOR in Heterogenous Abu Dhabi Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 179599, IOR Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 11-13 April, 2016.

19. Ansari, A.A., Haroun, M.R., Rahman, M.M., Chilingar, G.V., and Sarma, H.  “A Novel Improved Oil Recovery Approach for Increasing Capillary Number by Enhancing Depth of Penetration in Abu Dhabi Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 177870, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, 9-12 November 2015.

20. Ansari, A.A., Haroun, M.R., Rahman, M.M., Chilingar, G.V., “Assessing the Environomic Feasibility of Electrokinetic Low-Concentration Acid IOR in Abu Dhabi Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 178124, Oil and Gas India Conference and Exhibition, Mumbai, 24-26 November 2015. 

21. Lu, J., Li, S. and Rahman, M.M., “Production Performance of Horizontal Gas Wells Associated with Non-Darcy Turbulent Flow”, SPE 177478, Abu Dhabi International Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi,  9-12 November 2015.

22. Meng, W., Haroun, M.R., Sarma, H.K., Adeoye, J.T., Aras, P., Punjabi, S., Rahman, M.M. and Al Kobaisi, M., “A Novel Approach of Using Phosphate-spiked Smart Brines to Alter Wettability in Mixed Oil-Wet carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 177551, Abu Dhabi International Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, 9-12 November 2015.

23. Chen, P. and Rahman, M.M. “A Novel Approach to Predict Interaction Between Hydraulic and Natural Fracture Using Artificial Neural Networks”, SPE 176143, SPE/IATMI Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conf. and Exhib., Bali, 20-22 October 2015.

24. Lu, J., Zhou, B. and Rahman, M.M. “New Solution to Pressure Transient Equation in a Two-Layer Reservoir with Crossflow”, SPE 175630, SPE Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Conf. and Exhib., Abu Dhabi, 14-16 September 2015.

25. Ansari, A.A., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M., Sarma, H.K. and Chilingar, G.V. “Enhancing Depth of Penetration to Improve Capillary Number by Application of EK-Low-Concentration Acid IOR in Abu Dhabi Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 174320, EUROPEC 77th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, Madrid, 1-4 June, 2015. 

26. Ansari, A.A., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M. and Chilingar, G.V. “Increasing Depth of Penetration by Electrokinetic Driven Low-Concentration Acid IOR in Abu Dhabi Tight Carbonate Reservoirs”, SPE 171936, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exploration Conf., Abu Dhabi, 10-13 November, 2014.

27. Chen, P., Rahman, M.M. and Sarma, H.K. “Interaction Between Hydraulic Fracture and Natural fracture – A New Prediction Model by Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS)”, SPE 171927, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exploration Conf., Abu Dhabi, 10-13 November, 2014.

28. Ansari, A.A., Haroun, M., Rahman, M.M. and Chilingar, G.V. “Electrokinetic Driven Low-Concentration Acid IOR (EK LCA-IOR) in Abu Dhabi Tight Carbonate Reservoirs”, EREM Conference, Malaga, Spain, 7-10 September 2014.

29. Rahman, M.M. “Hydraulic Fracture Optimization Model with Intelligent Moving Object Algorithm to Maximize Gas Production in Petroleum Industry”, Paper no. 3212, the International Conference on Engineering and Applied Sciences Optimization, Kos Island, Greece, 4-6 June, 2014. 

30. Olayiwola, S.O., Rahman, M.M. and Sarma, H.K. “Improving the Productivity Index of the Transverse Fractured Horizontal well using the Fracture Convergence Skin” Paper ID 786, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exploration Conf., Abu Dhabi, 10-13 November, 2013. 

31. Rahman, M.M., Yu, H. and Sarma, H.K. "Transverse Fracturing of Horizontal Well - A Unified Fracture Design to Stimulate Tight Gas sands", SPE 164013