Professor Chun Huh Honored by SPE

Chun HuhAUSTIN - February 1, 2012 - Please join us in congratulating CPGE Research Professor Chun Huh who is a 2012 recipient of SPE's IOR Pioneer Award. The award will be handed out on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the 18th Improved Oil Recovery Symposium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

From the press release announcing the award:

"Most surfactant EOR researchers are familiar with the 'Chun Huh equation' which estimates interfacial tension (IFT) from phase behavior. This equation is very accurate and has virtually eliminated direct measurement of IFT by a spinning drop tensiometer. Huh also played a key role in the development and implementation of various process model features in Exxon reservoir simulators for surfactant flood processes, polymer flood processes, gas-flood processes, and miscible/foam processes.

"He developed improved characterization of non-Newtonian rheology and retention of aqueous solutions of polymer flowing in porous media and for thermal decomposition of polymer in porous media. He participated in the design and execution of three single-pattern and two multiple-pattern micellar/polymer flood field pilot tests while at Exxon. He led a team to interpret/evaluate the results of the series of field tests.

"At UT Austin, Huh has started research on application of nanoparticles for upstream research. He also is developing methods to determine oil saturation in reservoir rocks using paramagnetic nanoparticles and magnetic field and is working on the use of nanoparticles for EOR mobility control."