Narendra Kumar Rawat

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral fellow


Research Interests

My research focuses on carbon capture and geo-storage, reservoir characterization, formation evaluation, enhanced oil recovery, surfactants and polymers, wettability and interfacial phenomena, and adept at crafting tailored fluid systems. 

Selected Publications

  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology for Environmental Remediation: A CO2 Utilization Approach. N. Kumar, A. Verma, T. Ahmad, R.K. Sahu, A. Mandal, M. Mubashir, M. Ali, N. Pal. Geoenergy Science and Engineering. 234, 212619, (2024).
  • Fundamental aspects, mechanisms and emerging possibilities of CO2 miscible flooding in enhanced oil recovery: A review. N. Kumar, M.A. Sampaio, K. Ojha, H. Hoteit, A. Mandal. Fuel. 330, 125633, (2022).
  • Nanoemulsion Flooding for Enhanced Oil Recovery: Theoretical Concepts, Numerical Simulation and History Match. N. Kumar, N. Pal, A. Mandal. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 202, 108579, (2021).
  • Wettability alteration of sandstone rock by surfactant stabilized nanoemulsion for enhanced oil recovery—A mechanistic study. N. Kumar, A. Mandal. Colloids and Surfaces A. 601, 125043, (2020).
  • Experimental investigation of PEG 6000/tween 40/SiO2 NPs stabilized nanoemulsion properties: A versatile oil recovery approach. N. Kumar, A. Mandal. Journal of Molecular Liquids. 319, 114087, (2020).
  • Design and formulation of surfactant stabilized O/W emulsion for application in enhanced oil recovery: effect of pH, salinity and temperature. N. Kumar, S. Ali, A. Kumar, A. Mandal. Oil & Gas Science and Technology – Rev. IFP Energies nouvelles. 75, 72, (2020).
  • Thermodynamic and physicochemical properties evaluation for formation and characterization of oil-in-water nanoemulsion. N. Kumar, A. Mandal. Journal of Molecular Liquids. 266, 147-159, (2018).
  • Oil-in-water nanoemulsion stabilized by polymeric surfactant: Characterization and properties evaluation for enhanced oil recovery. N. Kumar, A. Mandal. European Polymer Journal. 109, 265–276, (2018).
  • Surfactant Stabilized Oil-in-Water Nanoemulsion: Stability, Interfacial Tension, and Rheology Study for Enhanced Oil Recovery Application. N. Kumar, A. Mandal. Energy Fuels. 32 (6), 6452-6466, (2018).
  • Characterization of SPN Pickering emulsions for application in enhanced oil recovery. N. Kumar, T. Gaur, A. Mandal. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. 54, 304-315, (2017). 


Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), India, 2021

M. Tech., Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), India, 2015

B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, India, 2011

Professional Profile

2023-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2021-2022: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of São Paulo, Brazil

2021-2021: Research Associate, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), India 

Scientific and Professional Membership

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)


• São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) scholarship, Brazil for Post-Doctoral research, 2021.

• Received Department of Science and Technology, India scholarship for pursuing research project at IIT–ISM, Dhanbad from April 2021 – Nov 2021.

• Recipient of prestigious Inder Mohan Thapar Research (IMTR) Award – 2018 for Best Research (Published technical paper with highest impact factor journal in year 2018-2019) by Inder Mohan Thapar Foundation Trust (Karam Chand Thapar Group)

• MHRD, India Scholarship to pursue Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, 2016.

• MHRD, India Scholarship to pursue Post Graduation in Engineering, 2013.

• Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE- 2012) in Mechanical Engineering

KAUST Affiliations

Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)

Research Interests Keywords

Enhanced oil recovery CO2 Geo-sequestration Interfacial phenomenon (Surfactants, Polymers, Nanoparticles) Flow through Porous Media