Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Quoc Nguyen

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Associate Professor

J.H. Herring Centennial Professorship

Phone: (512) 471-1204
Office: CPE 5.104 A

Research Areas: Unconventional Resources, Reservoir Engineering, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Improved Hydrocarbon Production System

Educational Qualifications

PhD, Petroleum Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 2003

MS, Environmental Tech & Management, Wageningen University, 1999

MBA, Industrial Management, Asian Institute for Technology, 1997

BS, Chemical Engineering, Vietnam-Tokyo Polytechniques University, 1996

PGE Courses Taught:

Formation Damage and Production Stimulation

Advanced Production Engineering

Transport Phenomena in Subsurface Systems


My current research is focused on advanced gas and chemical enhanced oil recovery methods in hydrocarbon formations with low permeability under hassle conditions (i.e. high salinity and high temperature), thermal and solvent based recovery of heavy oil and oil shale, improved production of unconventional resources, and engineering of complex fluids (foam, emulsion, polymer gel, nanoparticle dispersion) for near wellbore conformance and far-field fluid mobility control.

Awards & Honors:

Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair.

J.H. Herring Centennial Professorship.

Visiting Professor at Rice University.

Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Excellent Teaching Award 2013.

Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellowship.

Journal of Petroleum Engineering Editorial Board Member.

SPE Forum on EOR/IOR Discussion Leader 2015.

Invited Keynote Speaker at "Complex Fluid Flows in Porous Media" Symposium Bordeaux, 12-14 October 2015.

ACS Energy and Fuels Symposium Organizer, 2012.

Certificate of Appreciation, American Chemical Society Publications, 2012.

1st International Conference on Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Section Chair, 2012.

Best Paper Award, Delft University of Technology, 2003.

Van de Plas Award for Development of A Novel Methodology for Cleaner Production Development in Chemical Industry, 1998.

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Sujeewa S. Palayangoda, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Thermal Behavior of Raw Oil-shale and Its Components” Oil Shale, 2, June, 2015.

Naveed Arsalan, Jan J. Buiting, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Surface Energy and Wetting Behavior of Reservoir Rocks,” Colloids and Surfaces A, 467,107-112, Feb. 2015.

Kelli Rankin, Bradley Nguyen, Johan van Dorp, Marco Verlaan, Orlando Castellanos-Diaz, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Solvent Injection Strategy for Low-Temperature Production from Fractured Viscous Oil Reservoirs” Energy & Fuels, 28 (7), 4342–4354, May 2014.

Naveed Arsalan, Sujeewa S. Palayangoda, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Characterization of Asphaltene Deposition in a Stainless Steel Tube,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 121, 66-77, Sep. 2014.

Hieu Pham, Quoc P. Nguyen: “Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on Clay Swelling and Aqueous Stability of Nanoparticle Dispersions, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 16, 2137, Jan. 2014.

Yunshen Chen, Amro S. Elhag, Benjamin M. Poon, Leyu Cui, Kun Ma, Sonia Y. Liao, Prathima P. Reddy, Andrew J. Worthen, George J. Hirasaki, Quoc P. Nguyen, Sibani L. Biswal, and Keith P. Johnston: Switchable Nonionic to Cationic Ethoxylated Amine Surfactants for CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery in High Temperature, High Salinity Carbonate Reservoirs,” SPE Journal, 19 (2), 249-259, April 2014.

S.M. Szlendak, N. Nguyen, Q.P. Nguyen: “Laboratory Investigation of Low-Tension-Gas (LTG) Flooding for Tertiary Oil Recovery in Tight Formations” SPEJ, 18 (5), 851-866, Aug. 2013.

Metin, C., Bonnecaze, R.T., and Nguyen, Q.P.: “The Viscosity of Silica Nanoparticle Dispersions in Permeable Media.” SPE Res Eval & Eng, 16 (3), 327-332, July 2013.

Cigdem O. Metin; Jimmie R. Baran Jr; Quoc P. Nguyen: “Adsorption of Surface Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles onto Mineral Surfaces and Decane/Water Interface“ Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 14, 2012.

Guangwei Ren, Aaron W. Sanders, Quoc P. Nguyen: “New Method for the Determination of Surfactant Solubility and Partitioning Between CO2 and Brine," The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 91, 77-83, May 2014.

Ren, G., Zhang, H., and Nguyen, Q.P.”Effect of Surfactant Partitioning on Mobility Control during Carbon-Dioxide Flooding,” SPE Journal; 18 (4), 752-765, May 2013.

H.O. Balan; M.T. Balhoff Quoc .P. Nguyen; W. Rossen: "Modeling of Foam Trapping in Gas EOR", Energy & Fuels, 25, 9, 2011.

Q. P. Nguyen; Peter K. Currie; P.S.R. Bouzanga: “The Effect of Gas on the Injectivity of Particles in Sandstone,” SPE Journal, 16, 2010.