Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Houston.
Director, Graduate Program & Institute for Improved Oil Recovery.
B. Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1976.
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1981.
Senior Principal Research Engineer, Exploration and Production Research Division, Atlantic Richfield Co., Plano, TX, 1981 - 1991.
Editorships, Committees, and Awards:
Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, University of Houston, 2004.
Senior Faculty Research Award, Cullen College of Engineering, 2004.
Chairman, Gordon Conference on Flow & Transport in Permeable Media, 2002.
Executive Editor, SPE Journal, 2001-2003.
ARCO Exceptional Contribution Award, 1984.
Transport in porous materials
Colloid and interface science
Improved oil recovery
Over 80 research publications
Over $3 MM funded research
Graduated 15 PhDs and 12 MS students
Selected Publications (2002-2004):
Transport in Porous Materials:
Gautam, P. S. & Mohanty, K. K., “Matrix-Fracture Transfer Through Countercurrent Imbibition in Presence of Fracture Fluid Flow,” Transport in Porous Media, 55, 309-337 (2004).
Hidajat, I., Mohanty, K. K., Flaum, M., and Hirasaki, G., “Study of Vuggy Carbonates using NMR & X-ray CT Scanning,” to be published in SPEREE (October, 2004).
Sun, X., Nanchary, N. & Mohanty, K. K., “1-D Modeling of Hydrate Depressurization in Porous Media,” accepted to Transport in Porous Media, 2004.
App, J. F. & Mohanty, K. K., “Relative Permeability Estimation for Rich Gas-Condensate Reservoirs,” accepted to Transport in Porous Media, (2004).
Mohanty, K. K.: “The Near-Term Energy Challenge,” AIChE Journal, 49 (10), 2454-2460 (2003).
Singh, M. & Mohanty, K. K.: “Dynamic Modeling of Drainage through Three-dimensional Porous Materials,” Chem. Eng. Sci., 58, 1-18 (2003).
Singh, M., Hidajat, I. & Mohanty, K. K.: “NMR Response of a Porous Media: Parallel Implementation,” Chem. Eng. Comm. 190, 1661-1680 (2003).
Sun, X. & Mohanty, K. K., “Estimating Flow Functions During Drainage Using Genetic Algorithm,” SPE 84548, Proceedings of SPE ATCE, Denver, Oct. 5-8, 2003.
Hidajat, I., Rastogi, A., Singh, M. and Mohanty, K. K.: “Transport Properties of Porous Media from Thin-Sections,” SPE J., 7, 40-48 (2002).
Hidajat, I., Singh, M., Cooper, J. & Mohanty, K. K.: “Permeability of Porous Media from Simulated NMR Response,” Transport in Porous Media, 48, 225-247 (2002).
Gunaratne, G. H., Mohanty, K. K., and Wimalawansa, S. J.: “A Model for Trabecular Bone and an Application,” Physica, 315, 244 (2002).
Gunaratne, G. H., Rajapaksa, C. S., Bassler, K. E., Mohanty, K. K., and Wimalawansa, S. J.: “A Model for Bone Strength and Osteoporotic Fractures,” Phys. Rev. Lett., manuscript# 068101 (2002).
App, J. F. and Mohanty, K. K.: “The Benefit of Local Saturation Measurements in Relative Permeability Estimation from Centrifuge Experiments,” SPE J., 7, 288-298 (September 2002).
Surfactant, Colloid & Interface Science:
Tu, R., Mohanty, K. K. & Tirrell, M., “Liposomal Targeting Through Peptide-Amphiphile Functionalization,” American Pharmaceutical Review, 7 (2), 36-41 (2004).
Gautam, P. S. & Mohanty, K. K., “Novel Aqueous Foams for Suppressing VOC Emission,” Environ. Sci. Technol., 38 (4), 2721-2728 (2004).
Gautam, P. S. & Mohanty, K. K., “Mass Transfer of Volatile Organic Carbons Through Aqueous Foams,” J. of Coll. Interf. Sci, 273, 611-625 (2004).
Adibhatla, B., Mohanty, K. K., Berger, P. & Lee, C. “Effect of Surfactants on Wettability of Near-Wellbore Regions of Gas Reservoirs,” Proceedings of 8th International Symposium on Reservoir Wettability, Houston, May 16-18, 2004.
Li, F., Vipulanandan, C & Mohanty, K. K.: “Microemulsion and Solution Approaches to Nanoparticle Production for Degradation of Trichloroethylene,” Colloids & Surfaces A, 223, 103-112 (2003).
Chu, C. P., Ju, S. P., Lee, D. J., and Mohanty, K. K.: “Batch Gravitational Sedimentation of Slurries,” J. Coll. Interf. Sci., 245, 178-186 (2002).
Chu, C. P., Ju, S. P., Lee, D. J., Tiller, F. M., Mohanty, K. K., and Chang, Y. C.: “Batch Settling of Flocculated Clay Slurries,” accepted to I & EC. (2002).
Enhanced Oil Recovery:
Seethepalli, A., Adibhatla, B. & Mohanty, K. K., “Wettability Alteration During Surfactant Flooding of Carbonate Reservoirs,” SPE 89423, Proceedings of SPE/DOE 14th Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Tulsa, April 17-21, 2004.
Mohanty, K. K. & Caneba, G., “Enhanced Oil Recovery - A Review,” in press Encyclopedia of Chemical Processes (2004).
Li, D., Kumar, K., & Mohanty, K. K., “Compositional Simulation of WAG Processes for a Viscous Oil,” SPE 84074, Proceedings of SPE ATCE, Denver, Oct. 5-8, 2003.