Nanotechnology for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations

Hugh Daigle
CSEE Webinar
Friday, May 7, 2021, 12 – 1pm

Nanotechnology has allowed many advances in science and engineering, including improvements medicine and materials science. Much of this technological innovation is transferrable to the oil and gas industry to allow safer and more efficient operations, and may open the possibility of developing new resources that are not feasible with current technology due to harsh environmental conditions. I will discuss the properties of nanoparticles that allow the superior performance of many nanotechnologies, including surface chemistry and surface modifications. I will then present several promising applications in upstream oil and gas operations, including drilling fluids, cements, and nanoparticle stabilized foams and emulsions. This webinar will focus on how nanoparticle properties control their behavior in these applications with an emphasis on how technologies can be optimized with knowledge of fundamental processes.


Dr. Hugh Daigle is an Associate Professor in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and the Center for Subsurface Energy and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a BA degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University and a PhD in Earth Science from Rice University. Dr. Daigle’s industry experience includes work as a wireline field engineer for Schlumberger, and as a petrophysicist for Schlumberger, Brigham Oil and Gas, and Chevron. His research interests include fluid flow in porous media, geohazards, gas hydrates, and nanotechnology in the upstream oil and gas industry. He is a co-author of the recent book “Practical Nanotechnology for Petroleum Engineers.”



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