Eleventh Annual Meeting

October 27-28, 2016

EMS Energy Institute
C213 Coal Utilization Lab
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

The eleventh annual Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative meeting was held on The Pennsylvania State University Campus from October 27-28, 2016. There was an optional workshop on Thursday and technical presentations took place on Friday. Thursday evening a dinner was held.


Thursday, October 27, 2016 (Workshop and Reception)
104 Hosler Building


Thursday, October 27, 2016 (Workshop and Reception)
104 Hosler Building

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Welcome and Toolkit Updates (PennPVT,  PennSurf, and PennSim)

Saeid Khorsandi supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Demonstration of How to Use PennSim

Saeid Khorsandi, Daulet Magzymov supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Special  Workshop Topic:  Basics of Alkali Flooding and Soap Generation

Dr. Russell T. Johns
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

PNG building tour and walk around campus (weather permitting for walk to EMS Institute lab)

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Travel to restaurant at corner of College and Allen Street

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner at the Allen Street Grill, 100 West College Ave., 814-231-4745
  End of Workshop
Friday, October 28, 2016 (Technical Presentations)
C213 Coal Utilization Lab, EMS Energy Institute

Friday, October 28, 2016 (Technical Presentations)
C213 Coal Utilization Lab, EMS Energy Institute

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Coffee and continental breakfast
8:10 am - 8:20 am

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Dr. Russell T. Johns
8:20 am - 8:50 am

Robust Solution of Composition Paths and MMPs Using Tie-Line Space

Saeid Khorsandi supervised by  Dr. Russell T. Johns
8:50 am - 9:20 am

WAG Optimization Considering Heterogeneity and Hysteresis

Liwei Li and Saeid Khorsandi supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
9:20 am - 9:50 am

Compositional Simulation of Tight Fractured Rocks Including Capillary Pressure in Flash Calculations

Nithiwat Siripatrachai supervised by Drs.Turgay Ertekin and Russell T. Johns
9:50 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Low Salinity Water Flooding in Carbonates Considering Mineralogy

Changhe Qiao,supervised by Drs. Li Li, Jinchao Xu, and Russell T. Johns
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Displacement Efficiency for Low Salinity Polymer Flooding Including Wettability Alteration

Saeid Khorsandi and Changhe Qiao,supervised by Dr.Russell T. Johns

11:00 am - 11:30 am

High Temperature Zeta Potential Measurements: Understanding Low Salinity Water Flooding

Balaji Raman supervised by Drs. Derek M. Hall, Serguei N. Lvov, and Russel T. Johns
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Compositional Relative Permeability

Saeid Khorsandi and Liwei Li supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Dimensionless Modified HLD-NAC EOS for Surfactant Floods

Soumyadeep Ghosh supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Robust Microemulsion Phase Behavior Modeling and Simulation of Surfactant-Polymer (SP) Flooding

Saeid Khorsandi supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Partitioning Relations, Phase Behavior and Interfacial Tensions of Microemulsion Systems

Victor Torrealba supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm


2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Impact of Surfactant Mixtures on Microemulsion Phase Behavior

Daulet Magzymov and Changhe Qiao  supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Predicting Viscosity of Winsor Microemulsions

Pooya Khodaparast supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Impact of Iron (III) Minerals on Microbial Sulfate Reduction and Reservoir Souring

Mohammed A. Al-Saffar supervised by Drs. Li Li and Russell T. Johns
4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

Diffusion as a Limiting Case to Analyze Fracture Networks

Michael Cronin supervised by Drs. Hamid Emami-Meybodi and Russell T. Johns
4:40 pm End of Meeting

Hotel Reservations

Nittany Lion Inn - (preferred) Historic hotel located on campus
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center - Modern, can take a shuttle to campus
The Atherton Hotel - Located Downtown one block from campus
The Days Inn State College - Located Downtown one block from campus

Getting to University Park

The Penn State University Park Campus is located in State College, a small town in located in central Pennsylvania. If coming by car, State College is about a three-hour drive from Washington or Philadelphia.

There are three airports that have flights into the University Park Airport (Washington, Detroit, and Philadelphia). Make reservations as soon as possible as there are a limited number of flights in and out of state college. The train can also be taken from New York, Philadelphia, or Washington. The nearest Amtrak station is Huntingdon, PA. From there you will need to rent a car and drive about 20 miles to State College.

Maps of the campus and surrounding areas are available here.


The workshop on October 1st is walking distance from the Nittany Lion Inn, if you choose to stay there. On the 2nd, meeting attendees may park in the parking lot directly in front of the EMS Energy Institute (Penn State Students may not park in this lot). Attendees must request a parking permit upon arrival.

About the Area

State College is a small town located in central Pennsylvania. It's surrounded by forests but also close to several major cities. There are numerous activities that you can take advantage of in and around State College. 

If you have time to travel a bit further, other possible destinations include.

  • A large elk herd about an hour and a half drive from State College.
  • Gettysburg and other civil war battle sites are located within a few hours drive.
  • Washington and Philadelphia are just over a three-hour drive from State College. New York City is about four hours.
  • Niagara Falls is located about four hours to the North, and Toronto Canada is five hours to the north.
  • The Drake Well Museum is in Titusville, PA where in 1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry.