Fourteenth Annual Meeting

November 21-22, 2019

EMS Energy Institute
C-213 Coal Utilization Lab
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

The fourteenth annual Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative meeting was held on The Pennsylvania State University Campus from November 21-22, 2019. There was an optional workshop and reception dinner on Thursday and technical presentations on Friday. Thursday evening a dinner was held at the Spats Grill.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 (Workshop and Reception)
C213 Coal Utilization Lab, EMS Energy Institute


Thursday, November 21, 2019 (Workshop and Reception)
C213 Coal Utilization Lab, EMS Energy Institute

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Experimental Analysis of Alkali-Salt-Alcohol Phase Behavior with OMV Crude Oil

Daulet Magzymov, Russell Johns, and OMV staff only
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Travel to restaurant at corner of West College Ave. and Allen Street

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner at Spats at the Grill (formerly the Allen Street Grill), 100 West College Ave., 814-231-4745
  End of Workshop


Friday, November 22, 2019 (Technical Presentations)
C213 Coal Utilization Lab, EMS Energy Institute


Friday, November 22, 2019 (Technical Presentations)
C213 Coal Utilization Lab, EMS Energy Institute

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Coffee and continental breakfast
8:10 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Russell T. Johns
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Oil Recovery from Diffusive Transport During Huff’n’Puff

Michael Cronin, Hamid Emami-Meybodi, and Russell T. Johns
9:00 am - 9:20 am

Demonstration of PennShale Toolkit

Michael Cronin, Hamid Emami-Meybodi, and Russell T. Johns
9:20 am - 9:50 am

Development of an Accurate LBM Code for Permeability Estimation from CT Images

Xiaolong Ouyang and Russell T. Johns
9:50 am - 10:10 am Break
10:10 am - 10:40 am

Advances in Developing a New Relative Permeability Equation-of-State

Prakash Purswani, Russell T. Johns, and Zuleima Karpyn
10:40 am - 11:20 am

High Temperature Contact Angle Modeling for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Tim Duffy, Derek Hall, Serguei Lvov, and Russell T. Johns
11:20 am - 11:50 pm

Investigating the Effect of Oil Chemistry on Chemically-Tuned Waterflooding

Miral Tawfik, Zuleima Karpyn, and Russell T. Johns
11:50 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch at CUL
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Modeling the Effect of Reaction Kinetics and Dispersion during Low-Salinity Waterflooding

Daulet Magzymov, Prakash Purswani, Zuleima Karpyn, and Russell T. Johns
1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

Improved Equation-of-State Modeling for Surfactant EOR (PennSurf Update)

Daulet Magzymov and Russell T. Johns
2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Measurement of Microemulsion Phase Behavior of Complex Alcohol-Surfactant Mixtures at High Pressure

Hafsa Abubaker Hashim Abboud and Russell T. Johns
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Theory of Bicontinuous Microemulsion Viscosity Considering Interfacial Phenomenon

Pooya Khodaparast and Russell T. Johns
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Incorporation of Physical Viscosity Model into a Chemical Flooding Simulator

Pooya Khodaparast and Russell T. Johns
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Compositional Dependence of Viscosity in Microemulsion Systems

Daulet Magzymov, Pooya Khodaparast, and Russell T. Johns
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Discussion of Research Direction

5:00 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 November 21st is walking distance from the Nittany Lion Inn, if you choose to stay there. On the 22nd, meeting attendees may park in the parking lot close to 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.