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Publications

Book Chapters

  1. M. Tavakkoli, M. Boggara, M. Garcia-Bermudes and F.M. Vargas “Advances in understanding, predicting and mitigating asphaltene deposition during oil production” in “Exploration and Production of Petroleum and Natural Gas.” Editor: M.R. Riazi, ASTM. In Preparation.
  2. S. Punnapala, F.M. Vargas and A. Elkamel. “Parameter Estimation in Phase Equilibria Calculations using Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms” in “Multi-Objective Optimization in Chemical Engineering: Developments and Applications". Editors: G. Rangaiah and A. Bonilla-Petriciolet. Wiley. ISBN10: 111834166X, ISBN13: 978-1118341667.

Journal Publications

  1. Y. Lin, P. He, M. Tavakkoli, N.T. Mathew, Y.Y. Fatt, J.C. Chai, A. Goharzadeh, F.M. Vargas, and S.L. Biswal. "Examining Asphaltene Solubility on Deposition in Model Porous Media". Langmuir, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02376
  2. Y. Zhuang, A. Goharzadeh, Y. J. Lin, Yit F. Yap, J. C. Chai, N. Mathew, F. Vargas, S.L. Biswal. “Three Dimensional Measurements of Asphaltene Deposition in a Transparent Micro-Channel”. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2016, 145, pp 77–82.
  3. M. Elsholkami, A. Elkamel, F.M. Vargas. “Optimized Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies into Alberta's Oil Sands”. Computers & Chemical Engineering. 2016, Accepted.
  4. A.A. Melendez-Alvarez, M. Garcia-Bermudes, M. Tavakkoli, R.H. Doherty, S. Meng, D.S. Abdallah, F.M. Vargas.  “On the evaluation of the performance of asphaltene dispersants”. Fuel, 2016, 179, pp 210–220.
  5. A. Hosseini, E. Zare, S. Ayatollahi, F.M. Vargas, W.G. Chapman, K. Kostarelos, V. Taghikhani. “Electrokinetic behavior of asphaltene particles”, Fuel, 2016, 178, pp 234-242.
  6. M. Tavakkoli, A. Chen, C.A. Sung, and F.M. Vargas. “Effect of Emulsified Water on Asphaltene Instability in Crude Oils”. Energy & Fuels, 2016, Accepted.
  7. M. Tavakkoli, A. Chen, F.M. Vargas. “Rethinking the modeling approach for asphaltene precipitation using the PC-SAFT Equation of State”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 2015, 416, pp 120–129.
  8. A.A. AlHammadi, F.M. Vargas, W.G. Chapman. "Comparison of CPA and PC-SAFT Methods for Modeling Asphaltene Phase Behavior and PVT Properties." Energy & Fuels, 2015, 29 (5), pp 2864–2875.
  9. M. Tavakkoli, M.R. Grimes, X. Liu, C.K. Garcia, S.C. Correa, Q.J. Cox, and F.M. Vargas. “Indirect Method: A Novel Technique for Experimental Determination of Asphaltene Precipitation.” Energy & Fuels, 2015, 29 (5), pp 2890–2900.
  10. R. Miri, S. Zendehboudi, S. Kord, F.M. Vargas, A. Lohi, A. Elkamel, I. Chatzis.“Experimental and Numerical Modeling Study of Gravity Drainage Considering Asphaltene Deposition” Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res., 2014, 53 (28), pp 11512–11526.
  11. F.M. Vargas. “Simple Method to Calculate the Temperature Dependence of the Gibbs Free Energy and Chemical Equilibrium Constants”. J. of Chemical Education, 2014, 91 (3), pp 396–401 2013.
  12. S.R. Panuganti, M. Tavakkoli, F.M. Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez and W.G. Chapman. “SAFT Model for Upstream Asphaltene Applications”. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 2013, 359, pp 2-16.
  13. R. Pal and F.M. Vargas.“On the interpretation of viscosity data of suspensions of asphaltene nano-aggregates”. Canadian J. of Chemical Engineering, 2013, 92 (3), pp 573-577.
  14. S.R. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman. “Property Scaling Relations for Nonpolar Hydrocarbons”. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52 (23), pp 8009–8020.
  15. Q. Ge, Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, M. Zhang and J.C. Chai. “Numerical Modeling of Asphaltene Deposition,” Computational Thermal Sciences, 2013, 5 (2), pp 153-163.
  16. S. Punnapala, F.M. Vargas.“Revisiting the PC-SAFT Characterization Procedure for an Improved Asphaltene Precipitation Prediction” Fuel, 2013, 108, pp 417-429.
  17. Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, J.C. Chai. “A Level-Set Method for Convective-Diffusive Particle Deposition”. Applied Mathematical Modeling, 2013, 37 (7), pp 5245-5259.
  18. D.L. Gonzalez, F.M. Vargas, E. Mahmoodaghdam, F. Lim and N. Johsi. “Asphaltene Stability Prediction Based on Dead Oil Properties: Experimental Evaluation”. Energy & Fuels, 2012, 26 (10), pp 6218-6227.
  19. Q. Ge, Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, M. Zhang and J.C. Chai. “A Total Concentration Method for Modeling of Deposition”. Numerical Heat Transfer Part B: Fundamentals, 2012, 61 (4), pp 311-328.
  20. S.R. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman. “Modeling Reservoir Connectivity and Tar Mat Using Gravity-Induced Asphaltene Compositional Grading”.Energy & Fuels, 2012, 26 (5), pp 2548-2557.
  21. S.R Panuganti, F.M Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez, W.G Chapman. “PC-SAFT Characterization of Crude Oils and Modeling of Asphaltene Phase Behavior”. Fuel, 93, 2012, pp 658–669.
  22. A.S. Kurup, F.M. Vargas, J. Wang, J. Buckley, J.L. Creek, H.J. Subramani, and W.G. Chapman. “Development and Application of an Asphaltene Deposition Tool (ADEPT) for Well Bores”. Energy & Fuels, 2011, 25 (10), pp 4506–4516.
  23. B. Breure, E.J.M. Straver, L.J. Florusse, M.P. Rijkers, I.G. Economou, F.M. Vargas and Cor J. Peters. “Phase equilibria in binary mixtures of propane and phenanthrene: experimental data and modeling with the GC-EoS”. Chemical & Engineering Data, 2011,56 (4) pp 1407-1413.
  24. F.M. Vargas, J.L. Creek and W.G. Chapman. “On the Development of an Asphaltene Deposition Simulator”, Energy & Fuels, 2010, 24 (4), pp 2294-2299.
  25. F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman. “Application of the One-Third rule in Hydrocarbon and Petroleum Systems”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 2010, 290, pp 103-108.
  26. F.M. Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez, J.L. Creek, J. Wang, J. Buckley, G.J. Hirasaki and W.G. Chapman. “Development of a General Method for Modeling Asphaltene Stability”. Energy & Fuels, 2009, 23 (3), pp 1147–1154.
  27. F.M. Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez, G.J. Hirasaki, and W.G. Chapman. “Modeling Phase Behavior in Crude Oil Systems Using the Perturbed Chain Form of the Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (PC-SAFT) Equation of State”. Energy & Fuels, 2009, 23 (3), pp 1140–1146.
  28. D.L. Gonzalez, F.M. Vargas, G.J. Hirasaki and W.G. Chapman, “Modeling Study of CO2-Induced Asphaltene Precipitation”, Energy & Fuels, 2008, 22 (2), pp 757–762.

Invited Lectures at International Conferences and other Events

  1. Invited Discussion Leader at SPE Applied Technology Workshop on “Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Offshore Environments.” Pasadena, CA, August 2014.
  2. Invited Discussion Leader at SPE Applied Technology Workshop on "Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry: Finding Integrated Solutions Across the Value Chain,” Dubai, UAE, November 2012.
  3. Invited  Speaker at the Second SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Asphaltenes and Scale,
    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2010 “Advances in Modeling Asphaltene Precipitation at High Pressures and Temperatures”
  4. Invited Speaker at the First SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Asphaltenes and Scale, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2009 “On the Modeling of Asphaltene Precipitation and Deposition”

Conference Presentations

  1. A. Khaleel, M.I. Abutaqiya, M. Tavakkoli, A.A. Melendez-Alvarez, F.M. Vargas, “On the Prediction, Prevention and Remediation of Asphaltene Deposition”, SPE Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC 2015. Abu Dhabi, UAE. November 9-12, 2015.
  2. Y.J. Lin, M. Tavakkoli, P. He, S.Y. Ji, S.H. Ji, N.T. Mathew, Y.Y. Fatt, J.C. Chai, A. Goharzadeh, F.M. Vargas, S.L. Biswal, “Asphaltene Aggregation and Deposition in Porous Micromodel”, 2015 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Riviera Maya, Mexico, June 2015.
  3. F. Wang, M. Boggara, M. Tavakkoli, C. Tsay, X. Liu, F.M. Vargas, “Calculation of Solubility Parameters of Crude Oil Systems as A Function of Pressure, Temperature and Composition”, 2015 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Riviera Maya, Mexico, June 2015
  4. R. Doherty, M. Tavakkoli, A. Chen, K. Kidder, F.M. Vargas, “Development and Application of The Indirect Method: A Novel Experimental Technique for Determination of Asphaltene Precipitation”, 2015 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Riviera Maya, Mexico, June 2015.
  5. A. Goharzadeh, Y. Zhuang, Y.Y. Fatt, J.C. Chai, N. Mathew, F.M. Vargas, S.L. Biswal, “Experimental Investigation of Asphaltene Deposition in a transparent mini-channel,” 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Orlando, FL, USA, July 2014.
  6. F.M. Vargas, M. Tavakkoli, M. Boggara, M. Garcia, R. Evangelista, A. Melendez, F. Wang, C. Sisco, N. Mathew, S. Prasad, M. Al Rashed, H. Al Asafen, A. Khaleel, M. Abutaqiya, S. Punnapala “Advances in Understanding Asphaltene Precipitation and Deposition,” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  7. M. Tavakkoli, A.S. Kurup, F.M. Vargas, V. Taghikhani, W.G. Chapman “Effect of Gas Injection on Asphaltene Deposition Profile in Wellbores and Pipelines,” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  8. 4. A. Goharzadeh, Y. Zhuang, Y.J. Lin, Y.F. Yap, J.C. Chai, N. Mathew, F.M. Vargas, S.L. Biswal “3D Measurements of Asphaltene Deposition in a Transparent Mini-Channel,” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  9. Y. Lin, M. Tavakkoli, N. Mathew, Y. Yap, J. Chai, A. Goharzadeh, F.M. Vargas, S. L. Biswal “Probing Asphaltene Deposition Using Microfluidic Channels,” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  10. M. Boggara, F. Wang, F.M. Vargas “On the Molecular Modeling of Solubility Parameters for Flow Assurance Applications,” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  11. A. AlHammadi, F.M. Vargas, W.G. Chapman, “Evaluation of Methods for Modeling Asphaltene Phase Behavior,” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  12. C. Sisco, R. Evangelista, M. Boggara, F.M. Vargas, “PVT Modeling of Crude Oils: Proposal and Evaluation of New PC-SAFT Characterization Procedure” 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Galveston TX, USA, June 2014.
  13. F.M. Vargas, M.B. Boggara, M.E. Garcia-Bermudes, S. Punnapala, M. Abutaqiya, N. Mathew, S. Prasad, M. Al Rashed, H. Al Asafen, A. Khaleel “On the Development of an Enhanced Method to Predict Asphaltene Stability,” 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, OTC 25294, Houston, TX, USA, 2014.
  14. F.M. Vargas, M.E. Garcia-Bermudes, M.B. Boggara “Development of Experimental and Modeling Methods to Understand Asphaltene Precipitation” in 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting and 2nd International Conference on Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance, New Orleans, LA, USA, 2014.
  15. A. Goharzadeh, Y.Y. Fatt, J.J.H. Song, J. Chai and F.M. Vargas. “Experimental Investigation of a Two-Phase Drainage Process in Porous Media,” ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer, Paper No. MNHMT2013-22237, pp. V001T11A012; 5 pages, Hong Kong, China, December 11–14, 2013.
  16. S. Panuganti, M. Tavakkoli, M. Freeman, A.A. Hammadi, X. Qu, J. Wu, F.M. Vargas, V. Taghikhani and W. G. Chapman. “Understanding Temperature and Asphaltene Polydispersity Effects on Deposition in Different Depositing Environments,” in Fourteenth International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, Rueil- Malmaison, France, 2013.
  17. S. Punnapala and F.M. Vargas, “Modeling asphaltene phase behavior in crude oil systems”, in Eighteenth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 2012, paper no. 2223.
  18. W.G. Chapman, S. Panuganti, S. Punnapala and F.M. Vargas, “Issues in equation of state modeling for flow assurance applications”, in Eighteenth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 2012, paper no. 1539.
  19. S. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez, W.G. Chapman, “SAFT model for upstream asphaltene applications”, in AIChE Spring Meeting – 1st International Conference on Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance, Houston, Texas, USA, 2012, paper no. 247107.
  20. W.G. Chapman, S. Panuganti, Y. Chen, A. Al Hammadi, S. Punnapala and F.M. Vargas, “Asphaltene flow assurance: modeling phase behavior and deposition in crude oil systems”, in 4th AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, USA, 2012, paper no. 289076.
  21. F.M. Vargas, S. Punnapala, N. Mathew, S. Prasad, A. Khalil, M. Al Rashed and H. Al Asafen, “Development of
    experimental and modeling methods to understand asphaltene precipitation”, in Thirtieth International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, 2012, paper no. O23.
  22. S. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman, “Improved scaling relations for nonpolar hydrocarbons”, in Thirtieth International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, 2012, paper no. P12.
  23. S. Punnapala, F.M. Vargas, S. Panuganti and W.G. Chapman, “Evaluating reservoir connectivity and tar mat occurrence using gravity-induced asphaltene compositional grading”, in Third EAGE/SPE Workshop on Tar Mats, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2012
  24. Q. Ge, Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, M. Zhang and J.C. Chai, “Numerical modeling of asphaltene deposition”, in Ninth International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Malta, Malta, 2012, paper no. K4.
  25. Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas and J.C. Chai, “A level-set method for particle deposition on surfaces”, in American Society of Mechanical Engineering 2012 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 2012
  26. Q. Ge, Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, M. Zhang and J.C. Chai, “A total concentration method for multi-species particle deposition process”, in Twenty-third International Symposium on Transport Phenomena, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
  27. 11.  S.R. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas, A.S. Kurup and W.G. Chapman “Modeling of Reservoir Connectivity and Tar-Mat Using Gravity-Induced Asphaltene Compositional Grading” In AIChE Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2011
  28. A.S. Kurup, F.M. Vargas, J.L. Creek, J. Wang, J. Buckley, H. Subramani and W.G. Chapman. “A tool to predict asphaltene deposition in wellbores and pipelines” In 12th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. London, U K, 2011
  29. S. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman “PC-SAFT characterization and modeling of asphaltene phase behavior and compositional gradients” In 12th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. London ,UK, 2011
  30. S. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas, A.S. Kurup and W.G. Chapman “PC-SAFT characterization and modeling of asphaltene phase behavior” In Offshore Technology Conference. Houston, Texas, USA, 2011.
  31. F.M. Vargas, S. Panuganti, Y.F. Yap, J. Chai, W.G. Chapman“Advances in Modeling Asphaltene Deposition in Crude Oil Systems” In SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry. Dubai, UAE, 2011.
  32. Q. Ge, Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, M. Zhang, J.C. Chai, “A total concentration approach for deposition” In 10th International Symposium on Experimental and Computational Aerothermodynamics of Internal Flows. Brussels, Belgium, 2011.
  33. J. Ratulowski, D.L. Gonzalez, F.M. Vargas, E. Mahmood. “Experimental evaluation of asphaltene stability prediction due to gas injection” at Second SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Asphaltene and Scale. Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2010.
  34. A.S. Kurup, W.G. Chapman, F.M. Vargas, J.L. Creek, J. Wang, J. Buckley, and H.J. Subramani. “Prediction of Asphaltene Deposition in Wellbores” at the 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, November 2010.
  35. F.M. Vargas and G. Bassioni. “Application and experimental validation of the One-Third rule in determining viscosity and surface tension of crude oil systems” at the 11th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. New Jersey, USA. June, 2010.
  36. D.L. Gonzalez, E. Mahmoodaghdam, F. Lim, N. Joshi, and F.M. Vargas. “Experimental evaluation of the asphaltene stability prediction based on dead oil properties” at the 11th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. New Jersey, USA. June, 2010.
  37. W.G. Chapman and F.M. Vargas. “Modeling Asphaltene Phase Behavior in Crude Oil Systems” at the 17th Symposium On Thermophysical Properties. Boulder, CO, USA. June, 2009.
  38. F.M. Vargas and Walter G. Chapman. “Application of the One-Third Rule for Estimation of Hydrocarbon and Crude Oil Properties” at the 17th Symposium On Thermophysical Properties. Boulder, CO, USA. June, 2009.
  39. F.M. Vargas, J.L. Creek and W.G. Chapman. “On the development of an asphaltene deposition simulator”. 10th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June, 2009.
  40. F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman. 9th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. Victoria, Canada. June, 2008.
  41. F.M. Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez, J.L. Creek, J.Wang, J. Buckley, G.J. Hirasaki and W.G. Chapman. “Development of a
    General Method for Modeling Asphaltene Stability” 9th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. Victoria, Canada. June, 2008.
  42. D.L. Gonzalez, F.M. Vargas, G.J. Hirasaki and W.G. Chapman. “Modeling of CO2-induced asphaltene precipitation” at 8th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. Pau, France. June, 2007.
  43. F.M. Vargas, B. Trevino, O. Yague and J. Acevedo. “Ecoefficient process for light bulb filaments manufacturing”. AIChE Meeting. USA. 2002.
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