Ahmed Saad


​Ph.D. Student - Patzek Group​


B5/L3 3216-WS20

Research Interests

Experimental studies on interfacial chemistry, rheology, and high-speed laser imaging of fluid dynamics of smart waterflooding for enhanced oil recovery.

Selected Publications

  • Adsorption of Polar Species at Crude Oil–Water Interfaces: the Chemoelastic Behavior
    Ahmed M. Saad, Stefano Aime, Sharath Chandra Mahavadi, Yi-Qiao Song, Maxim P. Yutkin, David Weitz, T. W. Patzek
    Langmuir 2022, 38, 21, 6523–6530 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.2c00058)
  • Pore-Scale Spontaneous Imbibition at High Advancing Contact Angles in Mixed-Wet Media: Theory and Experiment
    Ahmed M Saad, Maxim P Yutkin, Clayton J Radke, T. W. Patzek
    Energy Fuels 2022, 36, 11, 5647–5656 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.2c00236)
  • Numerical Simulation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Injection into Two–phase Flow in a Porous Medium
    M.F. El-Amin, A.M. Saad, S. Sun, A. Salama
    Procedia Computer Science, Vol. 108, p. 2260-2264, (2017)
  • Multi-scale Coupling between Monte Carlo Molecular Simulation and Darcy-Scale Flow in Porous Media
    Ahmed Saad, Ahmad Kadoura, Shuyu Sun;
    Procedia Computer Science, Volume 80, Pages 1354-1363, ISSN 1877-0509, (2016)


  • Ph.D. Candidate, ANPERC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2016-present
  • M.S. Earth Science & Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2014-2016
  • B.S. Petroleum Engineering, Suez University, Egypt, 2009-2014

Professional Profile

  • 2019: Visiting Research Scholar, The Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Group, Harvard University, USA
  • 2015: Intern, Reservoir Description & Simulation Dep., Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) (President of the student chapter at KAUST, 2016- 2017)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) (Cofounder of the student chapter at KAUST)
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)


  • Selected and awarded travel grant from Chevron & Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) to participate in the Student Leadership Symposium (SLS) in Houston,USA, September 2017
  • Won 3rd place in EAGE online Geo-Quiz competition (out of 38 teams worldwide) and awarded travel grant to attend EAGE Conference and Exhibition in Paris, 2017.
  • Selected and awarded travel grant for participation in SEG SEP (Student educational program) in Prague, Czech Republic, July 2015.
  • 1st place in SPE Petrobowl Championship in Middle East , North Africa and India region, 2015
  • Bachelor degree First Class honor, Suez University, Egypt, 2014

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

enhanced oil recovery Experimental microfluidics reservoir modelling