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1. Data Analytics in Petroleum Engineering
2. Underground CO2 Storage, H2 Storage
3. Miscible gas injection
4. Encapsulation in EOR/Stimulation/Asphaltene inhibitors

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Dr. Masoud Riazi is Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering Department in Nazarbayev University, School of Mining and Geosciences. Dr. Riazi, obtained his BSc. in petroleum engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology (PUT), Iran in 2003, M.Sc. in Reservoir Engineering from Tehran University, Iran in 2006, and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK in 2011. Before joining NU, he worked at Shiraz University as Professor and was Dean, Vice Dean of school for both research and student affairs, of the school of chemical and petroleum engineering.

He has supervised to completion of over 60 BSc, 84 MSc and 5 PhD students’ projects/theses from 15 different universities. He directed 11 postdocs with 5 different disciplines (Chemical, Petroleum, Material, Civil, and geology engineering) and has published over 350 papers and reports in prestigious national/international journals and conferences, 25 patent, several books and chapter books. His current (Sep. 2023) H-index is 42 and 37 in Google scholar and Scopus, respectively.

He has 12 years industrial experience, working as reservoir engineer and senior consultant in private companies in the UK and Iran. Dr. Riazi was involved as the project manager, principal investigator, and consultant in 20 different joint industrial projects in the UK, Iran, China, and Colombia.

He has award winning for teaching, mentorship, research, collaboration with industry, innovation, entrepreneurship, best conference paper and student chapter activities. He has been recently also listed as world’s top 2% scientist for the period 2019-2022.

Research interests

  • Reservoir simulation and modelling of multiphase flow in porous media

  • Data Analytics in Petroleum Engineering

  • Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery (EOR and EGR)

  • Carbon dioxide sequestration, underground gas/H2 storage

  • Effect of surface phenomena at pore scale flow mechanisms/application of microfluidics

  • Surface phenomena: foam, emulsion, Aphron, froth flotation, Marangoni effect in PE

  • Asphaltene precipitation and deposition

  • Waste water management/oil-water separation

  • Soil remediation and the environment


• Postgraduate Students

o Advanced EOR (PhD students)
o PETE 805  Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering: Data Analytics (PhD students)
o PETE 601 Petroleum Data Analytics (MSc students)
o PETE 506 Reservoir Simulation (MSc students)
o Fluid Phase Equilibria (MSc students)
o Water Flooding and Gas Injection Methods for EOR (MSc students)
o Reservoir Engineering of Fractured Reservoirs (MSc students)
o Advanced Well Testing (MSc students)
o Fluid Flow in Porous Media (MSc students)
o Fundamental of Reservoir Engineering (MSc Students of Geology Department)

• Undergraduate Students

o PETE 311 Reservoir Simulation  
o PETE 400 Capstone Design Projec 1  
o PETE 407 Capstone Design Projec 2
o Enhanced Oil Recovery
o Reservoir Rock Properties
o Reservoir Fluid Properties
o Well Testing 
o Well Logging and Formation Evaluation
o Carbonate Reservoir
o Reservoir fluid properties Lab
o Reservoir rock properties Lab
o Software Workshop I (Eclipse)
o Software Workshop II (Pansystem) 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Petroleum Engineering , Reservoir Engineering, Pore scale mechanisms of carbonated water injection in oil reservoirs, Heriot-Watt University

Sept 2006Jun 2011

Chemical Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, Laboratory study of immiscible gas injection in fractured carbonate rocks, University of Tehran

Sept 2003Jan 2006

Petroleum Engineering, Production Engineering, Hydraulic fracturing as a method of improving oil production, Petroleum University of Technology, Tehran

Sept 1999Jul 2003


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