Dr. Muhammad Arif
Dr. muhammad arif Assistant Professor Petroleum Engineering

Contact Information
muhammad.arif@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 3521


Dr. Muhammad Arif is working as an Assistant Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department of Khalifa University. Previously, he worked at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University, Western Australia, and B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Petroleum Engineering. His teaching interests include Well Testing, Well Stimulation, and Enhanced Oil Recovery.

Dr. Arif is currently leading two research projects as a principal investigator – and the key focus of these projects is to understand the rock/fluid interactions at multiple scales. He has published 70+ articles in reputable journals with a citation h-index of 25, including publications in the Top 1{eca436d86c222ab3e9dab4c32851a5f0e8b92f21bb36ef315e982b8f746c99ed} ranked journals. His research interests include enhanced oil recovery, CO2 and H2 geo-storage, and unconventional reservoirs.

Furthermore, he currently holds the honor of working as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, Elsevier. He has also been a Guest Editor at Frontiers in Earth Science. He has chaired/co-chaired technical sessions at International conferences. Moreover, he is an active reviewer for several scientific journals. He has recently had to honor to be ranked in Standford's list of the top 2{eca436d86c222ab3e9dab4c32851a5f0e8b92f21bb36ef315e982b8f746c99ed} of scientists in the world in the field of Energy. 

  • PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University, Australia, 2017
  • M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, UET, Pakistan, 2012
  • B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, UET, Pakistan, 2009

  • Production Enhancement (PEEG445)
  • Reservoir Engineering I (PEEG331)
  • Reservoir Rock Properties (PEEG218)
  • Well Performance Evaluation (PEEG314)
  • Well Stimulation (PEEG640)
  • Well Testing (PEEG336)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Petroleum Institute

Research Interests
  • CO2 and H2 Geo-Storage
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Wettability and Interfacial Interactions
  • Unconventional Reservoirs

Research Projects

Systematic investigation of rock/fluid interactions at nano- to millimeter-scale

This project investigates rock/fluid interactions (and their implications on fluid flow in porous medium) for various systems and at various scales. As an example, wettability alteration is investigated at the micro-scale via SEM imaging while classical approaches are used to examine macro-scale wettability. Moreover, the fluid flow behavior of carbonate rocks (particularly anhydrite-rich) is evaluated.  

I am leading this project as a Principal Investigator in collaboration with King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

This project investigates the wettability of a range of surfaces as a function of several influencing parameters including but not limited to, rock surface chemistry, surface roughness, and operating conditions of pressure, temperature, and salinity to gain a broader understanding. 

I am leading this project as a Principal Investigator. 

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Ravi Shankar Kumar Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Khaloud Al-Naimi (former Postdoctoral Fellow)
Mr. Ahmed Sami Adila Research Associate
Mr. Ahmed Reda Fathy Visiting Research Associate
Mr. Johny Mouallem PhD Student
Mr. Haiyang Zhang PhD Student
Mr. Sikandar Kumar PhD Student
Mr. Mahmoud Sami Aboushanab M.Sc. Student
Mr. Abdelateef Mohammed Adam Abdelrhman M.Sc. Student
Ms. Batool Alwerfalli M.Sc. Student