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Petroleum Engineering|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Lamia Goual

Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor of School of Energy Resources
Room 4028, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.3278


  • Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London, England, 2003
  • M.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London, England, 1998
  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, Algeria, 1993


  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2007-2014
  • Research Scientist, Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, Laramie, WY USA, 2006-2007
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, 2004-2006
  • Research Engineer, Sonatrach, Algeria 1994-1997

: My primary field of research involves interfacial science and thermodynamics as applied to production and flow in porous media with applications to oil and gas recovery, geological storage of greenhouse gases, and remediation of contaminated aquifers. I am particularly interested in the intricate interplay between fluid-fluid and fluid-rock interactions and their impact on phase behavior and transport. The study of these interactions within a multi-scale framework has been a strategy that I have adopted since I started working at UW. In this framework, microscale behaviors provide valuable insights into the thermodynamic forms, conservation equations, and flow properties at the macroscale. This is particularly important for unconventional resources where flow controls are to date an open field of research.  


Journal Articles

  • Saraji, S., Goual, L., Piri, M., (2014), “Effect of Brine Salinity and CO2 Co-contaminants on Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension of Sc-CO2/Brine/Quartz Systems”. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 28, 147-155
  • Goual L., Sedghi, M., Wang, X., Zhu, Z., (2014), “Asphaltene Aggregation and Impact of Alkylphenols”. Langmuir, 30, 5394–5403
  • Sedghi, M., Goual, L., (2014), “PC-SAFT Modeling of Asphaltene Phase Behavior in the Presence of Nonionic Dispersants”. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 369, 86–94
  • Saraji, S., Goual, L., Piri, M., (2013), “Dynamic Adsorption of Asphaltenes on Quartz and Calcite Packs in the Presence of Brine Films”. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 434, 260-267
  • Sedghi, M., Goual, L., Welch, W., Kubelka, J. (2013), “Molecular Dynamics of Asphaltene Aggregation in Organic Solvents”. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117, 5765-5776
  • Saraji, S., Goual, L., Piri, M., (2013), “Wettability of Sc-CO2/Water/Quartz Systems: Simultaneous Measurement of Contact Angle and Interfacial Tension at Reservoir Conditions”. Langmuir, 29, 6856-6866
  • Mullins, O., Sabbah, H., Eyssautier, J., Pomerantz, A., Barre, L., Andrews, B., Ruiz-Morales, Y., Mostowfi, M., McFarlane, R., Goual, L., Lepkowicz, R., Cooper, T., Orbulescu, J., Leblanc, R., Edwards, J., Zare, R., (2012), “Advances in Asphaltene Science and the Yen-Mullins Model”. Energy & Fuels, 26, 3986–4003
  • Wang, X., Goual, L., Colberg, P., (2012), “Characterization and Treatment of Dissolved Organic Matter from Oilfield Produced Waters”. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 217–218, 164–170
  • Goual, L., Sedghi, M., Zeng, H., Mostowfi, F., McFarlane, R., Mullins, O., (2011), “On the Formation and Properties of Asphaltene Nanoaggregates and Clusters by DC-Conductivity and Centrifugation”. Fuel, 90, 2480–2490
  • Saraji, S., Goual, L., Piri, M., (2010), “Adsorption of Asphaltenes in Porous Media under Flow Conditions”. Energy & Fuels, 24(11), 6009-6017
  • Goual, L., Abudu, A., (2010), “Predicting the Adsorption of Asphaltenes from their Electrical Conductivity”. Energy & Fuels, 14(1), 469-474
  • Sedghi, M., Goual, L., (2010), “Role of Resins on Asphaltene Stability”. Energy & Fuels, 24, 2275-2280
  • Merino-Garcia, D., Shaw, J., Carrier, H., Yarranton, H., Goual, L., (2010), “The Petrophase 2009 Panel Discussion on Standardization of Petroleum Fractions”. Energy & Fuels, 24, 2175-2177
  • Abudu, A., Goual, L., (2009), “Adsorption of Crude Oil on Surfaces using Quartz Crystal Microbalance under Flow Conditions”. Energy & Fuels, 23(3), 1237-1248
  • Goual, L., (2009), “Impedance Spectroscopy of Petroleum Fluids at Low Frequency”. Energy & Fuels, 23(4), 2090-2094
  • Goual, L., Schabron, J.F., Turner, T.F., Towler, B.F., (2008), “On-column Separation of Wax and Asphaltenes in Petroleum Fluids”, Energy & Fuels, 22(6), 4019-4028
  • Goual, L., Horvath-Szabo, G., Masliyah, J.H., Xu, Z., (2006), “Characterization of the Charge Carriers in Bitumen”. Energy & Fuels, 20 (5), 2099-2108
  • Goual, L., Horvath-Szabo, G., Masliyah, J.H., Xu, Z., (2005), “Adsorption of Bituminous Components at Oil/Water Interface by Quartz Crystal Microbalance: Implications to the Stability of Water-in-Oil Emulsions”. Langmuir, 21(18), 8278-8289
  • Goual, L., Firoozabadi, A., (2004), “Effect of Resins and DBSA on Asphaltene Precipitation from Petroleum Fluids”. AIChE Journal, 50(2), 470-479
  • Goual, L., Firoozabadi, A., (2002), “Measuring Asphaltenes and Resins, and Dipole Moment in Petroleum Fluids”. AIChE Journal, 48(11), 2646-2663
  • Nichita, D.V., Goual, L., Firoozabadi, A., (2001), “Wax Precipitation in Gas Condensate Mixtures”. SPE Production & Facilities, 16(4), 250-259


  • Saraji, S., Goual, L., Piri, M., (2012), “Wettability in CO2/Brine/Quartz Systems: An Experimental Study at Reservoir Conditions”. SPE 160208. Proceedings of the SPE ATCE, San Antonio, Texas, 8-10 October.
  • Nichita, D.V., Goual, L., Firoozabadi, A., (1999), “Wax Precipitation in Gas Condensate Mixtures”. SPE 56488. Proceedings of the SPE ATCE, Houston, Texas, 3-6 October.

Books/Textbooks/Monographs/Chapters in Books

  • Goual, L., (2012), Petroleum Asphaltenes, in Crude Oil Emulsions – Composition, Stability, and Characterization, M. El-Sayed Abdul-Raouf (Ed.), InTech open access publisher, Croatia, ISBN 979-953-307-883-9

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