Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Hugh Daigle

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Assistant Professor

Phone: (512) 471-3775
Office: CPE 5.174

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Research Areas: Drilling, Well Completions, and Rock Mechanics; Fundamental Processes; Integrated Reservoir Characterization; Unconventional Resources; Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes

Educational Qualifications:

AB, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2004

PhD, Earth Science, Rice University, 2011

PGE Course:

PGE 373L (Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Design) 

PGE 381L (Advanced Petrophysics)


My research focuses on characterizing physical and transport properties of rocks using a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical simulation. Specific areas of interest include pore-scale physical and chemical processes associated with methane hydrates; deformation mechanisms in shales and mudrocks; pore-scale fluid transport in rocks; petrophysical measurement and assessment techniques; and applications of nanoparticles in subsurface engineering. My work is aimed at improving formation evaluation, completion design, and production strategy.

Awards & Honors:

Dean's Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor, 2018

UT PGE Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Centennial Fellowship #2, 2015

SPE Regional Formation Evaluation Award, 2014

Leroy Caleb Gibbon Award (best-conceived and best-written thesis submitted within 6 weeks of the oral defense), Rice University Department of Earth Science, 2011

National Energy Technology Laboratory Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship, 2009-2011

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Rice University Department of Earth Science, 2010

Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2008

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Griffith, C., Daigle, H., On the shear stability of water-in-water Pickering emulsions stabilized with silica nanoparticles, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 532, pp. 83-91, December 2018.

Nole, M., Daigle, H., Cook, A.E., Malinverno, A., and Flemings, P.B., Burial-driven methane recycling in marine gas hydrate systems, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 499, pp. 197-204, October 2018.

Zhu, C., Ko, S., Daigle, H., and Zhang, B., NMR relaxation of surface-functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, Petrophysics, Volume 59, Number 3, pp. 407-417, June 2018.

Tian, X., and Daigle, H., Machine-learning-based object detection in images for reservoir characterization: a case study of fracture detection in shales, The Leading Edge, Volume 37, Number 6, pp. 435-442, June 2018.

Cousins, T.A., Ghanbarian, B., and Daigle, H., Three-dimensional lattice-Boltzmann simulations of single-phase permeability in random fractal porous media with rough pore-solid interface, Transport in Porous Media, Volume 122, Number 3, pp. 527-546, April 2018.

Tian, X., and Daigle, H., Permeability prediction from a pore-scale network model constrained by low-pressure nitrogen sorption isotherms, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 162, pp. 554-566, March 2018.

Zhang, B., and Daigle, H., Oil-soluble contrast agents for NMR, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 162, pp. 180-189, March 2018.

Zhu, C., Daigle, H., and Zhang, B., Altering nuclear magnetic resonance surface relaxation on nanoparticles by adsorption of Fe(III), Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 161, pp. 121-127, February 2018.

Griffith, C., and Daigle, H., Manipulation of Pickering emulsion rheology using hydrophilically modified silica nanoparticles in brine, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 509, pp. 132-139, January 2018.

Ko, S., Kim, E.S., Park, S., Daigle, H., Milner, T.E., Huh, C., Bennetzen, M.V., and Geremia, G.A., Amine functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for removal of oil droplets from produced water and accelerated magnetic separation, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Volume 19, Number 4, 132, 14 pages, April 2017.