Morteza Akbarabadi

Website photos 033Postdoctoral Research Associate

Room: 376C

SER Building

Advisor: Dr. Mohammad Piri

Dept 3012, 1000 E. University Ave.

1020 E. Lewis Street

Laramie, WY 82071-2000 USA


Phone: 307-760-6142



Ph.D.: Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, August 2013

M.Sc. : Chemical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, May 2005

B.S. : Chemical Engineering,  Ferdowsi Univeristy, Mashad, Iran, June 2002


Professional Experience:

General Manager of the Hess Digital Rock Physics Laboratory, University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming

June 2013 – Present

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

August 2013 – Present



  • M. Akbarabadi, M.R.Borges,A.Jan, L.F.F. Pereira,M.Piri,OntheValidationofaComposi-tional Model for the Simulation of CO2 Injection Into Saline Aquifers, Submitted to Transport inPorous Media2015.
  • M. Akbarabadi, M.R.Borges,A.Jan, L.F.F. Pereira,M.Piri,ABayesianFrameworkfortheValidation of Models for Subsurface Flows: Synthetic Experiments, Computational Geosciences, October 2015,10.1007/s10596-015-9538-z.
  • L. Shuiquan, M. Akbarabadi, Y. Zhang, M. Piri, An integrated site characterization-to-optimization study for commercial-scale carbon dioxide storage, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Con- trol 44,74-87,2016,doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.10.003.
  • M. Khishvand, M. Akbarabadi, M. Piri, Trapped non-wetting phase clusters: An experimen- tal investigation of dynamic effects at the pore scale using a micro-CT scanner, Submitted to Advances in Water Resources 2015.
  • X. Li, M. Akbarabadi, Z.T. Karpyn, M. Piri, and E. Bazilevskaya, Experimental investigation of carbon dioxide trapping due to capillary retention in saline aquifers, Geofluids 2015, DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12127.
  • M. Akbarabadi, M. Piri, An experimental study of capillary trapping, relative permeability, and capillary pressure of scCO2+SO2/brine/limestone system, Advances in Water Resources 77, 44-56, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.08.011.
  • M. Akbarabadi, M. Piri, Geologic storage of carbon dioxide: An experimental study of perma- nent capillary trapping and relative permeability, Advances in Water Resources 52, 190-206, 2013, DOI:10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.06.014.
  • M. Akbarabadi, T. Mohammadi, Separation of ethylene glycol solution by vacuum membrane distillation (VMD), Desalination 181(1-3), 35-41, 2005, DOI:10.1016/j.desal.2005.01.012.

Research Interests and Area of Specialization:

  • Characterization of multi-phase flow in porous media
  • Macro-, Micro-, and Nano-Computed Tomography imaging techniques for petrophysical applica- tions integrated with the high pressure-high temperature core-flooding setup
  • Unconventional reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing, hydrocarbon gas injection, and fracturing fluid design
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods (CO2, steam, chemical, and surfactant flooding)
  • CO2 geo-sequestration
  • Core characterization and analysis
  • Applications of membrane separation processes in oil, gas, and petrochemical industries

Current Research Project:

CO2 sequestration under geologic formation, an experimental study of the permanent capillary trapping and relative permeability

Previous Research Projects:

  • Membrane separation processes


  • Investigation on different kinds of wastewaters produced in coal-fired power plants and designing a wastewater treatment Plant,  Niroo Research Institute, Tehran, Iran
  • Economic design and feasibility study of a 600 MW coal-fired power plant in the central part of Iran (Tabas), Niroo Research Institute, Tehran, Iran