Research Interests

  • Characterization of naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs using a variety of analytical techniques, including Geostatistical Analysis, Petrographic Investigation (Optical Microscope & SEM), and Organic and Inorganic Geochemical Analyses.
  • Investigation of Primary Expulsion of Hydrocarbons from Carbonate Source Rocks.
  • Understanding the geological and physico-chemical processes that led to the generation and expulsion of hydrocarbons from these rocks.

Selected Publications

  • Genesis and Role of Bitumen in Fracture Development During Early Catagenesis
    I. S. Abu-Mahfouz, J. Cartwright, E. Idiz, J. N. Hooker, S. robinson, S. H. J. M. van den ...
    Petroleum Geoscience 26, 4, (2019)
  • Fractures in Mudrocks: Advances in Constraining Timing and Understanding Mechanisms
    J. N. Hooker, I. S. Abu-Mahfouz, Q. Meng, J. Cartwright
    Journal of Structural Geology, 125, 166-173, (2019)
  • Natural Fracture Systems in Mudrocks (Upper Cretaceous-Eocene), Jordan
    I. S. Abu-Mahfouz, J. Cartwright, J. N. Hooker, M. R. Gross
    The Geology of Fractured Reservoirs, The Geological Society (conference paper), (2018)
  • Geo-engineering Evaluation of Harrat Irbid Basaltic Rocks, Irbid District—North Jordan
    I. S. Abu-Mahfouz, A. Al-Malabeh, S. Rababeh
    Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9, 5, (2016)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Petroleum/Structural Geology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2019
  • M.Sc., Applied Geology, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan, 2010
  • B.Sc., Geology and Environment, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan, 2007

Professional Profile

  • 2019-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2019: Tutor/Fieldwork Demonstrator, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2014-2019: Researcher, Shell-Oxford Research Group, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2012-2014: Senior Geoscientist, Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C (Jordan Oil Shale Company), Amman, Jordan
  • 2010-2012: Senior Geochemical/Geophysical Lab Engineer, Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C (Jordan Oil Shale Company), Amman, Jordan
  • 2009-2010: Research assistant, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
  • 2008-2009: Teaching Assistant, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
  • 2007- 2008: Geoscientist, Al-Emtiaz Engineering Company, Zarqa, Jordan

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member, Oxford Geology Group, OGG, OUGG (2016-Present)
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG (2015-Present)
  • Member, the Geological Society of London, GSL (2015-Present)
  • Science Ambassador at Science Oxford (2014-2018)
  • Member, Jordan Geologists Association, JGA (2008-Present)

Awards

  • 2018 Burdett-Coutts Research Award, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, UK
  • 2017 St Peter's College Graduate Award, Oxford University, UK
  • 2017 AAPG Foundation Geoscience Research Award (Donald F. Towse Memorial Grant), US
  • 2016 St Peter's College Graduate Award, Oxford University, UK
  • 2014 Shell-Oxford Fully-Funded Scholarship (4-year PhD project in Earth Sciences at Oxford University), UK
  • 2008 Excellence Award (During MSc. Degree), Hashemite University, Jordan

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Physicial Science and Engineering Division (PSE)