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- Experienced in R&D more than 20 years for petroleum, chemical, material, and hydrology fields
- Excellent skills on analytical instruments and scientific software to study scientific findings
- Excellent leadership skills with the ability to collaborate with peers
- Excellent teaching/mentoring skills to help junior scientists/engineers


Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods for unconventional reservoirs; Characterization of reservoirs core including unconventional core (permeability/porosity/wettability), crude oil, and production fluid; Oil Shale (Source rock) maturation under triaxial conditions; Breakdown pressure for hydraulic fracturing on shale formation; Geotechnical properties of shale (Young’s modulus and Poisson ratio); Geological CO2 sequestration; Geospatial data analysis with GIS S/W; CO2 capture & separation process; Transport phenomena in porous media.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University (2019 - Present)
  • Physical Science Research Scientist, Dept. of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University (2016 - 2019)
  • Physical Science Research Associate, Dept of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University (2012 - 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2010 - 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University (2009 - 2010)
  • Research Assistant, University of Southern California (2003 - 2008)
  • Senior researcher and assistant manager, Samchully city gas corporation (1996 - 2003)

Honors & Awards

  • William H. Brigham Memorial Award, Stanford University (June 2020)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2010 - Present)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (2010 - Present)
  • Journal reviewer, Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, RSC Advances, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Chemical Communications, Journal of Nanomaterials (2012 - Present)

Professional Education

  • BS, Inha University, Chemical Engineering (1994)
  • MS, Inha University, Chemical Engineering (1996)
  • Ph.D, University of Southern California, Chemical Engineering (2008)


  • Tae Wook Kim, Yur-hwal Yun, Hae-joong Kim. "South Korea Patent 2003-0045957 Method of making a plastic pipe used by a magnetic substance", Samchully gas corporation and Cosmos Corporation, Nov 6, 0178

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Current research in Stanford University

I am conducting the improved/enhanced oil recovery process for conventional and unconventional reservoirs. My main interested topic of my research is to maintain oil supply with proper methods depend on the status of oil reservoirs.

Also, geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in oil and gas reservoirs is one option to reduce the amount of CO2 released to the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide injection has been used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes since the 1970s; the traditional approach is to reduce the amount of CO2 injected per barrel of oil produced. This minimizes the purchase cost of CO2. For a sequestration process, however, the aim is to maximize both the amount of oil produced and the amount of CO2 stored. My research effort is to get the maximum CO2 storage in oil field with secure risk analysis.

In addition, carbon sequestration in saline formation is one of tools to complete the Zero-carbon target until 2050. My research interest is laid that the finding an optimal CO2 storage saline formation with techno-economic/geospatial analysis through SIMCSS tool.

All Publications

  • Application of Digital Volume Correlation to X-ray Computed Tomography Images of Shale ENERGY & FUELS Kim, T., Yun, W., Kovscek, A. R. 2020; 34 (11): 13636–49
  • Permeability and Porosity Evolution of Organic-Rich Shales from the Green River Formation as a Result of Maturation SPE JOURNAL Kim, T., Ross, C. M., Guan, K. M., Burnham, A. K., Kovscek, A. R. 2020; 25 (3): 1377–1405
  • Investigating fracture propagation characteristics in shale using sc-CO2 and water with the aid of X-ray Computed Tomography Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering Al Shafloot, T., Kim, T., Kovscek, A. R. 2020
  • Recovery efficiency of a 28 degrees API crude-oil system as a function of voidage replacement ratio JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Kim, T., Vittoratos, E., Kovscek, A. R. 2019; 175: 1063–87
  • The Effect of Voidage-Displacement Ratio on Critical Gas Saturation SPE JOURNAL Kim, T., Kovscek, A. R. 2019; 24 (1): 178–99

    View details for DOI 10.2118/191383-PA

    View details for Web of Science ID 000458509000012

  • An Experimental Investigation of Viscous-Oil Recovery Efficiency as a Function of Voidage-Replacement Ratio SPE JOURNAL Kim, T. W., VITTORATOS, E., Kovscek, A. R. 2016; 21 (4): 1236-1253
  • Characterization of scalar mixing in dense gaseous jets using X-ray computed tomography EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS Dunnmon, J., Sobhani, S., Kim, T. W., Kovscek, A., Ihme, M. 2015; 56 (10)
  • Brine film thicknesses on mica surfaces under geologic CO2 sequestration conditions and controlled capillary pressures WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Kim, T. W., Tokunaga, T. K., Bargar, J. R., Latimer, M. J., Webb, S. M. 2013; 49 (8): 5071-5076

    View details for DOI 10.1002/wrcr.20404

    View details for Web of Science ID 000324838300041

  • Capillary pressure and saturation relations for supercritical CO2 and brine in sand: High-pressure P-c(S-w) controller/meter measurements and capillary scaling predictions WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Tokunaga, T. K., Wan, J., Jung, J., Kim, T. W., Kim, Y., Dong, W. 2013; 49 (8): 4566-4579

    View details for DOI 10.1002/wrcr.20316

    View details for Web of Science ID 000324838300003

  • Wettability Alteration of a Heavy Oil/Brine/Carbonate System with Temperature ENERGY & FUELS Kim, T. W., Kovscek, A. R. 2013; 27 (6): 2984-2998

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef400204k

    View details for Web of Science ID 000320911200014

  • Thickness measurements of nanoscale brine films on silica surfaces under geologic CO2 sequestration conditions using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Kim, T. W., Tokunaga, T. K., Shuman, D. B., Sutton, S. R., Newville, M., Lanzirotti, A. 2012; 48
  • Hybrid Hydrotalcite-Sulfonated Poly(ether ether ketone) Cation-Exchange Membranes Prepared by in situ Sulfonation INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH Kim, T. W., Sahimi, M., Tsotsis, T. T. 2011; 50 (7): 3880-3888

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ie1019563

    View details for Web of Science ID 000288833700024

  • Effect of polystyrene on the morphology and physical properties of silicon carbide nanofibers MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS Elyassi, B., Kim, T. W., Sahimi, M., Tsotsis, T. T. 2009; 118 (1): 259-263
  • INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH The Preparation and Characterization of Hydrotalcite Thin Films Tae Wook Kim, M. Sahimi, T. T. Tsotsis 2009; 48 (12): 5794
  • The preparation and characterization of hydrotalcite micromembranes CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE Tae Wook Kim, M. Sahimi, T. T. Tsotsis 2009; 64 (7): 1585
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Preparation and Characterization of Hybrid Hydrotalcite-Sulfonated Polyetheretherketone (SPEEK) Cation-Exchange Membranes Tae Wook Kim, M. Sahimi, T. T. Tsotsis 2009
  • INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH Study of CO2 diffusion and adsorption on calcined layered double hydroxides: The effect of particle size M. Dadwhal, Tae Wook Kim, M. Sahimi, T. T. Tsotsis 2008; 47 (16): 6150
  • Preparation of Hydrotalcite Thin Films Using an Electrophoretic Technique INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH Tae Wook Kim, M. Sahimi, T. T. Tsotsis 2008; 47 (23): 9127