My research focus is on dispersion phenomena in porous systems such as hydrocarbon reservoirs and brine aquifers. Natural rocks in these systems are among the most fascinating and complicated porous systems. This interest has led me to work on different applications in energy and the environment. Some examples are:
Shale gas: These types of reservoirs are categorized as unconventional reservoirs because of gas desorption and flow in nanopore (10-9 m) structures. At the nanoscale most continuum equations, e.g. Darcy equation, may not be valid. Characterizing nanopores and obtaining new sets of governing equations to describe gas desorption from nanopores and gas flow in nanopores are my major foci for shale-gas reservoirs.
B.Sc. with Distinction Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, Iran
M.Sc. Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary
Ph.D. Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary
Editorial Review Board, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (Issue Coordinator of August 2008 issue)
Farzam, currently working as a Research Associate, is establishing a nanotechnology lab for study of mud rock/shale gas systems. Farzam has worked as a reservoir engineer in NIOC for 7 years. As a Research Scientist/Engineer, Alberta Research Council, Farzam was involved in CO2 injection and shale gas research and field pilot design. He was an instructor at the University of Calgary from 2003 through 2008. He has presented and published 30+ technical papers on topics related to transport in porous media.