Honors & Awards

  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF), Stanford University, CA (2016 - 2019)
  • ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarship Award (ESOP), ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2014 - 2016)

Education & Certifications

  • M.Sc., ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Mechanical Engineering (2016)
  • B.Sc., University of Tehran, Iran, Mechanical Engineering (2014)

Stanford Advisors

Lab Affiliations

Work Experience

  • Research Scholar, UC Berkeley (3/1/2016 - 9/30/2016)

    Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering


    Berkeley, CA

  • Research Intern, ABB (9/1/2015 - 2/29/2016)

    CFD Group, ABB


    Baden, Switzerland

All Publications

  • Pore-scale study of water salinity effect on thin-film stability for a moving oil droplet. Journal of colloid and interface science Abu-Al-Saud, M. O., Esmaeilzadeh, S., Riaz, A., Tchelepi, H. A. 2020; 569: 366–77


    The interfacial dynamics in natural porous media are affected not only by the interplay between viscous and capillary forces but also the solid surface wettability. It has been hypothesized that the wettability alteration induced by changes in the water salinity is primarily caused by electric double-layer force expansion, which strongly affects the multiphase flow dynamics.We investigate the effect of water ionic composition and surface roughness on pore-scale wettability alteration. Multiphase hydrodynamics is numerically captured by a lubrication approximation describing the evolution of thin-films coupled with a multiscale level-set approach. An oil blob mobilized by water within a single pore is considered as a case study. The effect of brine ionic composition is accounted for by an electric double-layer through the water ionic strength and zeta-potential parameters.We demonstrate that high-salinity water thin-films collapse to an adsorbed nanometer layer, leading to a large pressure drop during mobilization of the blob induced by the attractive surface forces. However, low-salinity water thin-films are stable due to the repulsive electric double-layer forces, leading to less pressure drop during mobilization of the blob. The novelty of this work lies in efficiently capturing the nanoscale effects of the electric double-layer in pore-scale multiphase flow displacements. Our quantitative investigations provide fundamental insights into the efficiency of low-salinity waterflooding.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.02.044

    View details for PubMedID 32126349