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2016

  • May 2016: Mohammad Tavakkoli presented at the OTC 2016 Conference, his talk "Prevention and Control of Corrosion-Induced Asphaltene Deposition".
  • May 2016: Mohammed Abutaqiya presented at the OTC 2016 Conference, his poster "Simplified Modeling Method to Predict PVT Properties of Crude Oils Using the PC-SAFT EOS".
  • April 2016: Ariana Melendez presented at the AIChE Spring Meeting 2016, in the UE&FA section, her talk "Assessment of the performance of asphaltene inhibitors".
  • April 2016: Mohammad Tavakkoli presented at the AIChE Spring Meeting 2016, in the UE&FA section, his talk "Development and Application of the Indirect Method: A Novel Experimental Technique for Determination of Asphaltene Precipitation".
  • March 2016: Sarah Correa has been accepted as part of the team at Institut Français du Pétrole as a Master's student in the area of Reservoir Science and Engineering. Congratulations Sarah!
  • March 2016: Ariana Melendez manuscript “On the evaluation of the performance of asphaltene dispersants” was accepted in the journal Fuel with Miguel , Mohammad , Rocio , Siqi , and Dalia Abdallah. Congratulations!
  • March 2016: Dr. Tavakkoli published “Effect of Emulsified Water on Asphaltene Instability in Crude Oils” in the journal Energy & Fuels, with Andrew, Chi-An, Kelly and Je Jin. Congrats!

2015

2014

  • November 2014: André Ferreira receives the “Best Undergraduate Researcher” award in our group. Congratulations André!!
  • November 2014: Ms. Sara Rezaie, Ms. Pei-Hsuan Lin, Mr. Shayan  Enayat, Mr. Jun Kuang and Mr. Jieyi Zhang join our group as first-year Chemical Engineering PhD students. Welcome!
  • August 2014: Ms. Mahtab Karimipour joins the group as research assistant. Welcome Mahtab!
  • August 2014: A new consortium on Petroleum Thermodynamics and Flow Assurance is announced. The consortium will be officially started in January 2015.
  • July 2014: Dr. Rocio H. Doherty joins our group as the Laboratory Manager. Welcome Rocio!
  • June 2014: James McCreary joins the group as an undergraduate research assistant. Welcome James!
  • June 2014: Vargas group presented an oral presentation and multiple posters at the 2014 International Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling.
  • May 2014: Xiaoyu “Ray” Liu joins the group as an undergraduate research assistant. Welcome Ray!
  • March 2014: Marty Grimes and Calvin Tsay join the group as undergraduate research assistants. Welcome Marty and Calvin!
  • February 2014: After a successful participation in the Second ADNOC Research Academic Conference (ADRAC 2014), Dr. Vargas receives the 2014 R&D Research Top Ideas Award from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Research and Development Oil Subcommittee.
  • January 2014: Dr. Mohammad Tavakkoli  joins our group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome Mohammad!
  • January 2014: We welcome Sarah Correa, Quinton Cox and Caitlin Garcia  (CHBE undergrad students) into the group .

2013

  • December 2013: Ms. Ariana Meléndez joins our group as a M.S. student. Welcome Ariana!
  • December  2013: Dr. Vargas participated as invited speaker at the Workshop on Asphaltene Deposition Prevention, organized by ANDOC and hosted by ADCO, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • October 2013: Ms. Fei Wang, Mr. Caleb Sisco and Mr. Renato Evangelista join our group as first-year Chemical Engineering PhD students. Welcome!
  • October 2013: Dr. Miguel Garcia-Bermudes  joins our group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome Miguel!
  • October 2013: Dr. Mohan Boggara joins our group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome Mohan!
  • August 2013: A course on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Flow Assurance is created and offered to Rice’s undergraduate and graduate students.
  • August 2013: Dr. Francisco M. Vargas joins the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Rice and the  Laboratory on Petroleum Thermodynamics and Flow Assurance is created. 
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