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Chaalal Omar, Speaker at Catalysis Conferences
Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates
Title : Possible application of new natural surfactant extracted from UAE desert plants in EOR of a selected carbonate oil reservoir: An experimental approach


As the petroleum industry moving rapidly toward the application of enhanced oil recovery to boost the oil reserves of the world in order to be able to meet the future demand for energy. Chemical flooding in general, and specifically surfactant flooding, is one of the important techniques currently being used to achieve that goal. The drawbacks of surfactant flooding are its environmental impact and high cost that make the process less popular in the oil industry. Therefore, the need for finding a new natural low cost and environmentally friendly surfactant is manifested. Natural surfactants extracted for plants are one of currently proposed sources to eliminate the shortcoming of the industry surfactants. The previously reported work employing different plants, although achieved a degree of success in improving the oil recovery, did not reach the attractive recovery factor. Therefore, more work is required to find appropriate plants that can provide a better oil recovery surfactant.


Dr.Omar Chaalal is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU). Chaalal is an internationally renowned expert in the separation technologies. He is the inventor of the EnPro Process that deals with the sequestration of carbon dioxide and global warming reduction. He has undertaken several successful research related to CO2 cleaning in Natural Gas and subsequently two patents applications have been filed for the use of this technology. The benefits of these patents were, in addition to the environmental benefits, used in the treatment of large quantities of desalinated formation water in the oil field. Chaalal has pioneered among others the use of seawater and ammonia to reduce the effect of carbon dioxide on the environment. Dr.Chaalal was an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Ibn Khaldun University Algeria, as well as at the United Arab Emirates University. He was the Chief Scientist of Enpro As. Norway, a member of Al Mobdioon Center of Excellence and innovation of King Abdul Aziz University (Saudi Arabia), an Advisory Board of IIB environmental Company in Japan and a member of the board of several Journals. He has authored 80 refereed publications, 2 European patents, 1 US patent related to smart material in Enhance Oil Recovery and 200 presentations.  Dr. Chaalal was awarded by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) a Medal for notable and outstanding research in Materials Science and Technology, Dr. Chaalal was invited as a plenary speaker in the many international congresses and conferences.