Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Wen Song

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Assistant Professor

Phone: (512) 471-5789
Office: CPE 4.118B

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Research Areas: Enhanced Oil Recovery; Petrophysics and Pore Scale Processes; Reservoir Engineering; Unconventional Resources; Geologic Carbon Storage; Natural Gas Engineering; Reservoir Simulation

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D., Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, 2019

M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2014

B.A.Sc., Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 2012

PGE Courses:

PGE 383: Small-Scale Fluid Flow (Winter 2019)

PGE 323K: Primary Recovery (Fall 2019)


I am interested in understanding the formation and development of energy resources through experimental and theoretical micro and nanofluidic approaches in reactive transport. Specifically, my research aims to understand multiphase reactive transport and fluid-fluid/ fluid-rock interactions in porous media in the context of low environmental impacts energy resources recovery. My current research develops and uses microfluidic visualization platforms to study the mechanisms underlying multiphase fluid transport and surface interactions that dictate energy materials recovery.

Awards & Honors:

Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship

Gordon Research Conference (Microfluidics, Physics and Chemistry of) Best Poster Award

Petroleum Research School of Norway STEP Scholarship

Hormoz and Fariba Ameri Graduate Education Fellowship in Earth Sciences

Society of Petroleum Engineers Calgary Section Scholarship

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

Song, W., Ogunbanwo, F., Steinsbo, M., Ferno, M., and Kovscek, A.R. Mechanisms of Multiphase Reactive Flow using Biogenically Calcite-FunctionalizedMicromodels. Lab on a Chip, 18, 3881-3891, 2018. doi:10.1039/C8LC00793D.

Harrison, A.L., Dipple, G.M., Song,W.,Mayer, K.U., Power, I.M., and Sinton, D. Pore scale visualization of mineral dissolution-precipitation reactions in the vadose zone. Chemical Geology, 463, 1-11, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.05.003.

Song, W. and Kovscek, A.R. Direct visualization of pore-scale fines migration and formation damage during low-salinity waterflooding. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 34, 1276-1283, 2016. doi:/10.1016/j.jngse.2016.07.055.

Song,W. and Kovscek, A.R. Functionalization of micromodels with kaolinite for investigation of low salinity oil-recovery processes. Lab on a Chip, 15 (16), 3314-3325, 2015. doi:10.1039/C5LC00544B.

Song,W., de Haas, T.W., Fadaei, H., and Sinton, D. Chip-off-the-old-rock: the study of reservoir-relevant geological processes with real-rockmicromodels. Lab on a Chip, 14 (22), 4382-4390, 2014. doi:10.1039/C4LC00608A.

Song,W., Fadaei, H., and Sinton, D. Determination of dew point conditions for CO2 with impurities using microfluidics. Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (6), 3567-3574, 2014. doi:10.1021/es404618y.