Qi Liu

Research Scientists

Research Scientist - Santamarina Group

Research Interests

  • Complex flow in porous and fractured media: multi-phase flow, particle laden flow 
  • Nanofluids: nanoparticle-coated interfaces, nanoparticle-mineral interactions
  • Microfluidics 
  • Implications in energy-geosytems: wellbore drilling and completion, oil recovery

Selected Publications

  • Self-assembled Nanoparticle-Coated Interfaces: Capillary Pressure, Shell Formation and Buckling
    Q. Liu, Z. Sun and J.C. Santamarina
    Journal of Colloid and Interface Science , (under review)
  • Particle Migration and Clogging in Porous Media: A Convergent-Flow Microfluidics Study
    Q. Liu, B. Zhao and J.C. Santamarina
    Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124(9), 9495-9504, (2019)
  • Transport and Adsorption of Silica Nanoparticles in Carbonate Reservoirs: Sand Column Study
    Q. Liu, Z. Sun and J.C. Santamarina
    Energy & Fuels, 33, 5, 4009-4016, (2019)
  • Particle migration and clogging in radial flow-a microfluidics study
    B. Zhao, Q. Liu and J.C. Santamarina
    Proceedings of International Symposium: Micro to MACRO Mathematical Modeling in ..., (2018)
  • Energy GeoEngineering: Wells
    J.C. Santamarina and Q. Liu
    International Symposium on Coastal and Offshore Geotechnics & International Conf..., (2017)



  • ​Q. Liu, J.C. Santamarina, Well Monitoring with Magnetic Tool, PCT/IB2019/053600, 2019
  • Q. Liu, A. Ghumare, J.C. Santamarina, Stable Magnetic Drilling Mud and Method, PCT/IB2020/051276, 2020


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA, 2018
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA, 2014
  • BS, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2009-2013

Professional Profile

​Qi Liu is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Prof. Santamarina. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University in July 2013, and joined Prof. Santamarina’s group in October 2013. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in May 2018. Qi is working on engineering advanced drilling fluid&cement system in order to achieve a better wellbore stability and zonal isolation. He is also involed in the project of well sensors.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​ASCE

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Well completion wellbore stability fluid transport through porous media