Hesham Abdulelah

Visiting/Intern student

PhD student


Research Interests

My research interests focus on

  • Rocks Wettability
  • Flow in porous media
  • CO2 geo-sequestration
  • H2 geo-storage
Colloidal and interfaces

Selected Publications

  • Hesham Abdulelah, Ahmed Al-Yaseri, Muhammad Ali, Ausama Giwelli, Berihun Mamo Negash, Mohammad Sarmadivaleh,CO2/Basalt's interfacial tension and wettability directly from gas density: Implications for Carbon Geo-sequestration, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering,Volume 204,2021,108683,ISSN 0920-4105,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.108683.
  • Ahmed Al-Yaseri, Hesham Abdulelah, Nurudeen Yekeen, Muhammad Ali, Berihun Mamo Negash, Yihuai Zhang, Assessment of CO2/shale interfacial tension, Colloids and Surfaces A Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects,Volume 627, 2021,127118,ISSN 0927 7757, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.127118.
  • Hesham Abdulelah, Berihun Mamo Negash, Tareq M. Al-Shami, Firas A. Abdulkareem, Eswaran Padmanabhan, and Ahmed Al-Yaseri, Mechanism of CH4 Sorption onto a Shale Surface in the Presence of Cationic Surfactant, Energy & Fuels 2021 35 (9), 7943-7955, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c00613
  • Muhammed Rashik Mojid, Berihun Mamo Negash, Hesham Abdulelah, Shiferaw Regassa Jufar, Babatunde Kawthar Adewumi (2020) A state – of – art review on waterless gas shale fracturing technologies. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 196, (2020),108048,ISSN 0920-4105,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2020.108048.
  • Hesham Abdulelah, Berihun Mamo Negash, Nurudeen Yekeen, Sameer Al-Hajri, Eswaran Padmanabhan, and Ahmed Al-Yaseri (2020) Synergetic Effect of Surfactant Concentration, Salinity, and Pressure on Adsorbed Methane in Shale at Low Pressure: An Experimental and Modeling Study. ACS Omega, 20107-20121.DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.0c01738.
  • Sameer Al-Hajri, Syed M. Mahmood, Saeed Akbari, Hesham Abdulelah, Nurudeen Yekeen, Nabil Saraih (2020) Experimental investigation and development of correlation for static and dynamic polymer adsorption in porous media. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 189,106864, ISSN 0920-4105.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2019.106864.
  • Nurudeen Yekeen, Eswaran Padmanabhan, Hesham Abdulelah, Sayed Ameenuddin Irfan, Oluwagade Adenike Okunade, Javed Akbar Khan, Berihun Mamo Negash (2020) CO2/brine interfacial tension and rock wettability at reservoir conditions: A critical review of previous studies and case study of black shale from Malaysian formation. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 196,107673,ISSN 0920 4105,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2020.107673.
  • Al-Hajri, S.; Mahmood, S.M.; Abdulrahman, A.; Abdulelah, H.; Akbari, S.; Saraih, N (2019) An Experimental Study on Hydrodynamic Retention of Low and High Molecular Weight Sulfonated Polyacrylamide Polymer. Polymers, 11, 1453.
  • Al-Hajri, S., Mahmood, S.M., Akbari, S. Abdulelah, H (2019) Gelation behavior as a function of concentration of sodium thiosulfate for PAM gels cross-linked with chromium. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 1539–1546. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-018-0566-9.
  • Mohammed Hail Hakimi, Abdulwahab S. Alaug, Ibrahim M.J. Mohialdeen, Ali Y. Kahal, Hesham Abdulelah, Yousif Taha Hadad, Madyan M.A. Yahya (2019) Late Jurassic Arwa Member in south-eastern Al-Jawf sub-basin, NW Sabatayn Basin of Yemen: Geochemistry and basin modeling reveal shale-gas potential. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Volume 64, 133-151, ISSN 1875-5100, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2019.01.022.
  • Abdulelah, H.; Mahmood, S.M.; Al-Hajri, S.; Hakimi, M.H.; Padmanabhan, E (2018) Retention of Hydraulic Fracturing Water in Shale: The Influence of Anionic Surfactant. Energies, 11, 3342.
  • Al-Hajri, S.; Mahmood, S.M.; Abdulelah, H.; Akbari, S (2018) An Overview on Polymer Retention in Porous Media. Energies, 11, 2751.
  • Al-Mutarreb, A.; Jufar, S.R.; Abdulelah, H.; Padmanabhan, E (2018) Influence of Water Immersion on Pore System and Methane Desorption of Shales: A Case Study of Batu Gajah and Kroh Shale Formations in Malaysia. Energies, 11, 1511.
  • Hesham Abdulelah, Syed M. Mahmood, and Ahmed Al-Mutarreb (2018) Effect of Anionic Surfactant on Wettability of Shale and Its Implication on Gas Adsorption/Desorption Behavior. Energy & Fuels 32 (2), 1423-1432. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03476
  • Hesham Abdulelah, Berihun Mamo Negash, Sameer Al-Hajri and Eswaran Padmanabhan (2021) A Novel Model for Predicting Langmuir Parameters of Methane Adsorption Isotherms in Gas Shales. International Conference on Earth Resources. Sarawak, Malaysia (accepted).
  • Hesham Abdulelah, Berihun Mamo Negash, Sameer Al-Hajri and Eswaran Padmanabhan (2021) Experimental and Modelling Study of the Synergetic Effect of Brine Composition and Surfactant Type on Adsorbed Methane in Marcellus Shale. International Conference on Oil & Gas Engineering and Technology. Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (accepted)
  • Haithm Salah Hagar, Jalal Forooezsh, Davood Zivar, Sunil Kumar, Hesham Abdulelah, Iskandar B Dzulkarnain (2020) Simulation of Hydrogen Sulfide Generation in Oil and Gas Geological Formations. International Conference on Computational Intelligence (ICCI). Proceedings in IEEE.  Perak, Malaysia.
  • Hesham Abdulelah, Syed Mahmood, Ghareb Hamada (2018) Hydraulic Flow Units for Reservoir Characterization: A Successful Application on Arab-D Carbonate. The 6th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Materials Engineering. Proceedings in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. Langkawi, Malaysia. 
  • Ahmed Al-Mutarreb, Shiferaw Jufar, Hesham Abdulelah, Eswaran Padmanabhan, Ghareb Mostafa, Maqsood Ahmed (2018) The Influence of shales characteristics on CO2 adsorption behavior under sub-critical conditions. 2nd International Conference on Energy and Environmental Science. Proceedings in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  • 2020 – current  PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering – Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • 2016 – 2018    Master’s degree in petroleum engineering – University of Technology PETRONAS
  • 2009 – 2013     Bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering – University of Technology Malaysia

Professional Profile

  • 2019 – 2021     Research Scientist – Research & Innovation Centre, Institute of Hydrocarbon Recovery, University of Technology PETRONAS

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Active Reviewer at the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering – Elsevier.


  • 2019     Best young researcher award – University of Technology Petronas
  • 2016     Merit – based master’s Scholarship – University of Technology Petronas.
  • 2009 -2013       Eight Consecutive times dean’s list – University of Technology Malaysia.
  • 2011     Excellence award certificate – University of Technology Malaysia.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Wettability EOR geo-sequestration geo-storage colloidal adsorption shales coal