Muhammad Ali, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow - Hoteit Group


Research Interests

My research focuses on carbon capture and geo-storage, hydrogen production and geo-storage, petro-physics, unconventional reservoir development, coal seam gas, reservoir characterization, formation evaluation, enhanced oil and gas recovery, drilling fluid rheology, liquid nitrogen fracturing, surfactants and polymers, wettability and interfacial phenomena, and subsurface nano-energy applications.

Selected Publications

Influence of pressure, temperature and organic surface concentration on hydrogen wettability of caprock; Implications for hydrogen geo-storage
M. Ali, N. Yekeen, N. Pal, A. Keshavarz, S. Iglauer, H. Hoteit
Energy Reports, 7, 5988-5996, (2021)

Hydrogen wettability of quartz substrates exposed to organic acids; Implications for hydrogen geo-storage in sandstone reservoirs
M. Ali, N.K. Jha, A. Al-Yaseri, Y. Zhang, S. Iglauer, M. Sarmadivaleh
Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 109081, (2021)
CO2-wettability reversal of cap-rock by alumina nanofluid: Implications for CO2 geo-storage
M. Ali, A. Aftab, F.U.R. Awan, H. Akhondzadeh, A. Keshavarz, A. Saeedi, S. Iglauer, M. Sarmadivaleh
Fuel Processing Technology, 214, 106722, (2021)
Influence of organic acid concentration on wettability alteration of cap-rock: Implications for CO2 trapping/storage
M. Ali, A. Aftab, Z.U.A. Arain, A. Al-Yaseri, H. Roshan, A. Saeedi, S. Iglauer, M. Sarmadivaleh
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12 (35), 39850-39858, (2020)

Nanomaterial-based drilling fluids for exploitation of unconventional reservoirs: A review
M. Ali, H.H. Jarni, A. Aftab, A.R. Ismail, N.M.C. Saady, M.F. Sahito, A. Keshavarz, S. Iglauer, M. Sarmadivaleh
Energies, 13 (13), 3417, (2020)

Effect of nanofluid on CO2-wettability reversal of sandstone formation; Implications for CO2 geo-storage
M. Ali, M.F. Sahito, N.K. Jha, Z.U.A. Arain, S. Memon, A. Keshavarz, S. Iglauer, A. Saeedi, M. Sarmadivaleh
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 559, 304-312, (2020)

CO2-wettability of sandstones exposed to traces of organic acids: Implications for CO2 geo-storage
M. Ali, M. Arif, M.F. Sahito, S. Al-Anssari, A. Keshavarz, A. Barifcani, L. Stalker, M. Sarmadivaleh, S. Iglauer
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 83, 61-68, (2019)

Organic acid concentration thresholds for ageing of carbonate minerals: Implications for CO2 trapping/storage
M. Ali, S. Al-Anssari, M. Arif, A. Barifcani, M. Sarmadivaleh, L. Stalker, M. Lebedev, S. Iglauer
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 534, 88-94, (2019)


  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 2021
  • MPhil., Petroleum Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 2018
  • B.E., Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, 2009

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2020: Technical Support Engineer, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
  • 2010-2016: Technical Research Assistant, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDMA)
  • Engineers Australia (EA)
  • Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


  • Research Training Program Stipend Award for Doctoral Studies (Formerly Australian Postgraduate Award), 2018
  • Full-Time Curtin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (CUPS) for MPhil Program, 2016
  • King Fahd University Distinguished Staff Award for Technical and Technical Support Staff for Academic Year 2013/2014
  • The 3rd Place winner in Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, 2008
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers International Recognition of Outstanding Service as 2007-2008 President
  • Pakistan Engineering Congress Scholarship Award, 2006 to 2009
  • Mehran University Meritorious Award, 2006 to 2009
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Mehran Student Chapter Award, 2007

KAUST Affiliations

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


Research Interests Keywords

Gas Geo-storage (H2 and CO2) Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Multi-phase Flow Through Porous Media Wettability and Interfacial Phenomena Unconventionals (Gas hydrates, Coal, Shale) Nanomaterials Drilling Fluid Rheology Reservoir Characterization