Xuan Zhang

Former ANPERC Members

​Laboratory Technician

Research Interests

​My research interests mainly focus on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes in Reservoir Engineering, including alkali/surfactant/polymer flooding, CO2/N2 foam flooding and nanoparticles technology in petroleum engineering. Recently, i am working on a proposal focusing on CO2 thickening technique for EOR or fracturing.

Selected Publications

  • Effect of surfactants on adsorption behavior of nanoparticles at gas-liquid surface
    X. Zhang, T. Zhang, J. Ge, et al
    Acta Physica Sinica, 69(2): 026801-1, (2020)
  • The enhancement of CO2 foam stability with modified silica nanoparticles in high salinity brine
    X. Zhang, T. Zhang, P. Jiang, et al
    Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities, 41(5): 1076-1082, (2020)
  • The CO2 foam stability enhancement with switchable surfactant and modified silica nanoparticles
    X. Zhang, C. Da, J. Ge, et al
    SPE IOR Conference, Tulsa, USA, (2020)
  • CO2 in water foam stabilized with CO2-dissolved surfactant at high pressure and high temperature
    X. Zhang, W. Zheng, T. Zhang, et al
    Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 178: 930936, (2019)
  • The CO2 foam stabilized with the mixture of CO2-soluble surfactants
    X. Zhang, T. Zhang, G. Zhang, et al
    International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Industrial Applications, China, (2019)
  • Study on relationship between foam properties and surface properties of alkyl quaternary ammonium salts system
    G. Zhang, X. Zhang, Y. Zheng et al
    Journal of China University of Petroleum-Edition of Natural Science, 39(1)&..., (2015)


  • ​Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China, 2020
  • M.Sc, Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China, 2015
  • B.Sc, Applied Chemistry, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China, 2013

Professional Profile

  • ​2020: Research Assistant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) CO2 Thickening Foam flooding