Nilanjan Pal, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy (IIPE), India


Research Interests

Dr. Nilanjan Pal’s research interests involve the development of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and conformance improvement technology (CIT) processes for the petroleum industry. He has worked with fluidic systems including surfactants, nanoparticles, polymers, polymeric surfactants, “green” materials, microemulsions, nanoemulsions and foams. His area of expertise lies in the integration of laboratory testing and simulation studies, whilst designing a technical work-plan. 

Selected Publications

Structural aspects, mechanisms and emerging prospects of Gemini surfactant-based alternative Enhanced Oil Recovery technology: A review

Nilanjan Pal, Hussein Hoteit, Ajay Mandal

Journal of Molecular Liquids, 339, 116811, (2021)


Compositional Simulation Model and History-Matching Analysis of Surfactant-Polymer-Nanoparticle (SPN) Nanoemulsion assisted Enhanced Oil Recovery

Nilanjan Pal, Ajay Mandal

Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 122, 1-13, (2021)


Numerical Simulation of Enhanced Oil Recovery studies for aqueous Gemini Surfactant‐Polymer‐Nanoparticle systems

Nilanjan Pal, Ajay Mandal

AIChE Journal, 66, e17020, (2020)


Oil recovery mechanisms of Pickering nanoemulsions stabilized by surfactant-polymer-nanoparticle assemblies: A versatile surface energies’ approach

Nilanjan Pal, Ajay Mandal

Fuel 276, 118138, (2020)


Nanoparticle-modified gemini surfactant foams as efficient displacing fluids for enhanced oil recovery

Nilanjan Pal, Amit Verma, Keka Ojha, Ajay Mandal

Journal of Molecular Liquids 310, 113193, (2020)


Stabilization of Dispersed Oil Droplets in Nanoemulsions by Synergistic Effects of Gemini Surfactant, PHPA Polymer and Silica Nanoparticle

Nilanjan Pal, Narendra Kumar, Ajay Mandal

Langmuir 35, 2655-2667, (2019)


A novel family of non-ionic gemini surfactants derived from sunflower oil: Synthesis, characterization and physicochemical evaluation

Nilanjan Pal, Krishanu Samanta, Ajay Mandal

Journal of Molecular Liquids 275, 638–653, (2019)


Phase behaviour and characterization of microemulsion stabilized by a novel synthesized surfactant: Implications for enhanced oil recovery

Nilanjan Pal, Sudhir Kumar, Achinta Bera, Ajay Mandal

Fuel 235, 995–1009, (2019)


Characterization of alkali-surfactant-polymer slugs using synthesized gemini surfactant for potential application in enhanced oil recovery

Nilanjan Pal, Neha Saxena, Ajay Mandal

Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 168, 283-300, (2018)


Interfacial behaviour, wettability alteration and emulsification characteristics of a novel surfactant: Implications for enhanced oil recovery.

Nilanjan Pal, Neha Saxena, K.V.D. Laxmi, Ajay Mandal

Chemical Engineering Science 187, 200–212, (2018


  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad, Dhanbad, India, 2020.
  • M. Tech., Petroleum Engineering, Indian School of Mines Dhanbad, Dhanbad, India, 2015.
  • B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, West Bengal University of Technology, India, 2012.

Professional Profile

Mar 2021-Present: Post-Doctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, SAUDI ARABIA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  •  Society of Petroleum Engineers [4124308]
  •  European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers [M2019-6150]
  •  Web of Science ResearcherID [N-6050-2018]
  •  Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Network [2020]
  •  American Institute of Chemical Engineers [009903277310, 2018-19]
  •  American Geophysical Union, [2018-2019]


  • EAGE Annual - PACE Grant: ID 578, 2020
  • Winner: 3rd Rank at the SPE Annual Quiz - Bangalore Section, 2020
  • SERB-International Travel Support: ITS/2019/001307 Grant, 2019
  • IIT (ISM) Ph.D. Scholars’ Research Travel Grant, 2019
  • Inder Mohan Thapar Research Award, 2017
  • Certificate of Merit: ISM Gold Medal – M. Tech in Petroleum Engineering, 2014-15
  • L.J. Johnson Gold Medal, 2014-15
  • v Certificate of Honour: B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering, 2012
  • Certificate of Merit – 9th National Science Olympiad, India, 2007

KAUST Affiliations

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