There are currently two pieces of equipment in the lab; Zetaspin, that helps studying surface properties of rocks namely Zeta potential and also effect of different brines on zeta potential and QCM: Quartz Crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. Through these equipments, adhesion of different types of oil to rock can be quantified. Three personnel are currently carrying out experiments in the lab: Maxim Yutkin, Sirisha Kamireddy and Ahmed Hassan.
Sirisha and Ahmed are working on characterization of calcite surface and the affinity of different ions to the surface. Maxim works with QCM and uses some model compounds to better understand how oil adheres to calcite surface and how it can be detached from it. Reservoir Rock/Fluid Characterization Laboratory will be expanded in future with addition of more equipment, in particular looking to core flood equipment, Petrophysical characterization equipment.