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Presenter: Dr. Farshid Mostowfi, Program Manager-Fluid Analysis Research Group, Schlumberger-Doll Research
Date: 10/18/2018
Time: 1:10 pm
Location: CR 133
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Topic: Microfluidics and the Oil and Gas Industry
Abstract: The petroleum industry is one of the largest industries in the world, yet the applications of microfluidics in that industry have been limited. In general, the application of microfluidics in the oil and gas industry can be categorized into two main themes: micromodels and diagnostic applications. Micromodels have recently drawn some attention as a new application of microfluidics in the energy sector, though traditional micromodels have been in use since the 1960s. Due to the difficulties of up scaling micromodel’s results, their applications have been limited to observation only. Diagnostic applications however, hold promise. In many ways, the microfluidics technology has been suitable for point-of-care diagnostics devices in life sciences. These devices share common characteristics such as fast turnaround time, small sample volume, and improved automation. The same characteristics can be exploited to develop the next generation of characterization and diagnostic technologies in the petroleum industry. We will discuss recent developments in characterization of reservoir fluids using microfluidics. We show microfluidic devices can make major contributions to characterization of reservoir fluids in petroleum industry by improving data quality, turnaround time, and cost.

Farshid Mostowfi is a Scientific Advisor and the Program Manager of Fluid Analysis research group at Schlumberger – Doll Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta in 2007. Dr. Mostowfi’s primary interests are in development and commercialization of microfluidic technologies for characterization of reservoir fluids in oil and gas industry. He has been the lead inventor in a number of technologies for compositional and phase behavior analysis of crude oil. His work on microfluidic measurement of asphaltenes in crude oil has recently been commercialized. His work has been the subject an ASTM standard. He also served as an adjunct professor of engineering at University of Alberta and a research associate at Harvard.

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