NSERC/AI-EES/Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation
By simulating oil recovery processes using state-of-the-art computational and visualization techniques and equipment, Dr. Chen is improving the ability of computer models to identify risk and study feasibility before new processes are put into practice. His work is uncovering new, more economical and sustainable ways to recover heavy oil and oil sands resources.
AITF (iCORE) Industrial Chair in Reservoir Modelling
Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. He currently holds the NSERC/AIEES/Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation and the AITF (iCORE) Industrial Chair in Reservoir Modeling. He is the director of the Frank and Sarah Meyer Foundation CMG Collaboration Centre at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Chen holds a PhD (1991) from Purdue University and has over 35 years of oil and gas academic and industrial experience from around the globe. He was a professor and reservoir engineer at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Peking University, University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, Mobil, and Southern Methodist University (SMU). Dr. Chen held the Gerald J. Ford Professorship at SMU, Dallas, Texas, USA, and was awarded the Chang Jiang Chaired Professorship by the Chinese Ministry of Education and “Qian Ren Plan Expert” by the Chinese Government. Other significant appointments include Director of the Center for Scientific Computation, SMU, Director of the Graduate School, SMU, Director of the Center for Advanced Reservoir Modeling and Simulation, Peking University, and President of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology in Texas.
He has published and/or edited 15 books and over 530 research papers, and has given over 341 invited (plenary and keynote) presentations worldwide. He has received numerous prestigious awards such as The NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, The Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology Award, IBM Faculty Award, Imperial Oil University Research Award and Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship Award. His research interest is in reservoir engineering and numerical reservoir simulation for conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.
Cross Appointments and Affiliations:
Dr. Chen’s group is focused on optimizing industry capacity to extract energy resources. Specifically, the group focuses on modelling and simulation of advanced energy recovery processes, such as:
Key areas of research include:
Zhang, J., Wu, X., Chen, Z., Han, G., Wang, J., Ren, Z., and Zhang, K. (2015) “Application and experimental study of cyclic foam stimulation,” RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Advances, vol. 93, issue 5, pp. 76435-76441.
Wu, K., Chen, Z., and Li, X. (2015) “Real gas transport through nanopores of varying cross-section type and shape in shale gas reservoirs,” Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 281, pp. 813-825.
Chen, Z., Sun, J., Wang, R., and Wu, X. (2015) “A pseudobubblepoint model and its simulation for foamy oil in porous media,” SPE Journal, vol. 20, issue 2, pp. 239-247.
Seifi, M., Abedi, J., and Chen, Z. (2014) “Application of porous medium approach to simulate UCG process,” Fuel, vol. 116, pp. 191-200.
Etminan, S.R., Javadpour, F., Maini, B.B., and Chen, Z. (2014) “Measurement of gas storage processes in shale and of the molecular diffusion coefficient in kerogen,” International Journal of Coal Geology, vol. 123, pp. 10-19.
Dr. Chen has taught the following courses at the University of Calgary:
PhD, Purdue University (1991)
MSc, Xi'an Jiaotong University (1985)
BSc, University of Jiangxi (1983)
Dr. Chen is taking few students (graduate or post-doc) at this time, with a strong background in programming (C, C++) and petroleum engineering. If interested, please email him at email@example.com.