Viswasanthi Chandra

Former ANPERC Members

​Research Scientist - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interests

Dr. Viswasanthi Chandra (Santhi) is a research scientist with over 10 years of research experience in multidisciplinary joint-industry projects. Her current research interests include characterization of modern and ancient carbonate formations using multidisciplinary subsurface and outcrop data to improve the understanding of subsurface processes. She works with a wide range of imaging and analytical techniques for geoscience and material science applications including enhanced oil recovery, CO2 sequestration and biomineral characterization.

Selected Publications

  • Impact of depositional and diagenetic features on petrophysical and rock mechanical properties in Arab-D reservoir equivalent Upper Jubaila Formation, Saudi Arabia
    Chandra, V., Petrovic, A., Khanna, P., Ramdani, A. I., Yalcin, B., Vahrenkamp, V., & Finkbeiner, T
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, 129, 105076, (2021)
  • Quality Evaluation of Epoxy Pore Casts Using Silicon Micromodels: Application to Confocal Imaging of Carbonate Samples.

    Hassan, A., Yutkin, M., Chandra, V., & Patzek, T.
    Applied Sciences
    , 11(12), 5557. (2021)

  • Imaging and Characterization of Microporous Carbonates Using Confocal and Electron Microscopy of Epoxy Pore Casts.

    Hassan, A., Chandra, V., Yutkin, M., Patzek, T. W., Espinoza, N.
    SPE Journal. (2019)

  • Improved Reservoir Characterization through Rapid Visualization and Analysis of Multiscale Image Data Using a Digital Core Analysis Ecosystem.

    Chandra, V., Tallec, G., and Vahrenkamp. V. C.
    SPE-ADIPEC. SPE-197628-MS. (2019)

  • Effective integration of reservoir rock-typing and simulation using near-wellbore upscaling.

    Chandra, V., Barnett, A., Corbett, P., Geiger, S., Wright, P., Steele, R., Milroy, P.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology
    , 67, 307-326, ISSN 0264-8172. (2015)

  • Distinguishing between eogenetic, unconformity-related and mesogenetic dissolution: a case study from the Panna-Mukta Field, offshore Mumbai, India.

    Barnett, A., Wright, P., Chandra, V., Jain, V.
    Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction
    . Geological Society, London. (2015)

  • Evaluating the impact of a late-burial corrosion model on reservoir permeability and performance in a mature carbonate field using near-wellbore upscaling.

    Chandra, V., Wright, P. V., Barnett, A., Steele, R., Milroy, P., Corbett, P.W.M., Geiger, S., Mangione, A
    Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates: Current Workflows to Emerging Technologies
    . Geological Society, London, Special Publications. (2014)

  • Improving Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation with Near Wellbore Modeling.
    Chandra, V., Hamdi, H., Corbett, P.W.M., Geiger, S.
    SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering journal 16(2), 183-193, SPE-148104-PA. (2013)


  • PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, 2015
  • MSc. in Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University, 2010
  • B.Tech. in Applied Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2016- present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012: Visiting Researcher, BG Group, United Kingdom
  • 2008-2009: Wireline field engineer, Schlumberger Oil Field Services, India

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


  • Best MSc. group field development project, 2009, Heriot-Watt Institute of Petroleum Engineering
  • IIT-Roorkee Merit Award, Summer Undergraduate Research Program 2007

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Carbonate characterization Digital rock analysis machine learning CO2 sequestration