Dr. Liang's major research focus is on developing promising uses for nanotechnology in enhanced oil recovery operations and other oilfield chemical applications in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Based on drug-delivery technologies from the pharmaceutical industry, his research group successfully developed a chemical delivery system that uses nanoparticles to entrap and protect the chemicals from the hostile underground environments. The current oilfield applications include delayed gelation for water shutoff and in-depth conformance control, delayed release of scale inhibitors to extend the treatment life time, wax and asphaltene inhibition for flow assurance, microbial enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, and fracture fluid cleanup.

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Academic Articles30
  • Chen, Z., Yu, W., Liang, J., Wang, S., & Liang, H. (2022). Application of statistical machine learning clustering algorithms to improve EUR predictions using decline curve analysis in shale-gas reservoirs. JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. 208, 109216-109216.
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  • Veisi, M., Johnson, S., Shafer-Peltier, K., Liang, J., Berkland, C., Chen, M., & Barati, R. (2019). Controlled release of poly(vinyl sulfonate) scale inhibitor to extend reservoir treatment lifetime. JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE. 136(12), 47225-47225.
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  • Andersen, C. D., Lin, Y., & Liang, J. (2019). Polyelectrolyte-Complex Nanoparticles for Fluid-Loss Control in Oilwell Cementing. SPE DRILLING & COMPLETION. 34(2), 103-113.
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  • Zhou, X., Liang, J., Andersen, C. D., Cai, J., & Lin, Y. (2018). Enhanced adsorption of anionic surfactants on negatively charged quartz sand grains treated with cationic polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS. 553, 397-405.
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  • Wo, S., & Liang, J. (2005). Chapter 14 CO2 Storage in Coalbeds: CO2/N2 Injection and Outcrop Seepage Modeling. Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations. 897-924. Elsevier.
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  • Wo, S., Liang, J., & Myer, L. R. (2005). Chapter 32 CO2 Storage in Coalbeds Risk Assessment of CO2 and Methane Leakage. Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations. 1263-1291. Elsevier.
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Conference Papers18
  • Veisi, M., Johnson, S., Peltier, K., Berkland, C., Liang, J. T., & Barati, R. (2018). Application of polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles to increase the lifetime of poly vinyl sulfonate scale inhibitor. Proceedings - SPE International Symposium on Formation Damage Control. 2018-February,
  • Bratteks, B., Pedersen, S. G., Nistov, H. T., Haugen, A., Graue, A., Liang, J. T., & Seright, R. S. (2014). The effect of Cr(III) acetate-HPAM gel maturity on washout from open fractures. Proceedings - SPE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery. 1, 477-488.
  • Johnson, S. J., & Liang, J. T. (2012). Polyelectrolyte nanoparticles for flow assurance. AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings.
  • Johnson, S. J., & Liang, J. T. (2012). Polyelectrolyte nanoparticles for flow assurance. 12AIChE - 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting and 8th Global Congress on Process Safety, Conference Proceedings.
  • Johnson, S. J., Barati, R., McCool, S., Green, D. W., Willhite, G. P., & Liang, J. T. (2011). Polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles to entrap enzymes for hydraulic fracturing fluid cleanup. ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts.
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Texas A&M University; Petroleum Engineering; 3116 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3116