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Goual Research Group

Goual Research Group

Colloids and Interface Science for Energy and the Environment

Lamia Goual, Ph.D., Associate Professor
University of Wyoming, Department of Petroleum Engineering

 

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Our primary field of research involves colloid and interfacial science with applications to fouling mitigation, hydrocarbon recovery, aquifer remediation, geological storage of greenhouse gases, and carbon engineering. We are particularly interested in the intricate interplay between fluid-fluid and fluid-rock interactions and their impact on fluid phase behavior and transport. We study these interactions within a multi-scale framework where microscale properties provide valuable insights into flow behavior at the macroscale.

Research projects

Aquifer Remediation

Aquifer Remediation

The impacts of mineralogy and wettability on the transport and remediation of NAPLs in heterogeneous rocks are explored in this NSF CAREER project and disseminated into effective learning tools.

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Hydrocarbon Recovery

Hydrocarbon Recovery

We study the mechanism of interactions involved in oil/brine/rock systems and the pore-scale displacement mechanisms using multi-scale experiments and molecular dynamics simulations.

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Fouling Mitigation

Fouling Mitigation

Asphaltene deposition in flow lines is investigated in this project using various capillary tube configurations under ambient and HPHT conditions combined with high-resolution imaging techniques.

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Carbon Engineering

Carbon Engineering

Graphene-based materials are synthesized from coal and petroleum using bottom-up and top-down techniques and used as flow enhancers, oil adsorbents, and electrodes for energy storage.

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