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FAN Dian
Research Assistant Professor

Basic Introduction:

FAN Dian received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, from Texas Tech University, USA, in 2018. Dr. Fan’s research is focused on multi-scale theoretical and numerical simulation studies of fluids and micro-/nano-particles transport in complex subsurface geologic media. His research aims to apply to shale oil and gas exploration, geological carbon sequestration and storage, removal of micro-/nano-plastics in wastewater, sand control in the process of oil and gas production, and recovery of environmental nanoparticle tracers.


Professional Experience:

2021.08-present: Research Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Southern University of Science and Technology

2021.01-2021.04: Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London

2018.06-2021.01: Postdoc Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London (Supervisor: Alberto Striolo)

2020.05-2020.12: Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London

2015.09-2018.05: Teaching Assistant, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas Tech University



2013.08-2018.05: Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, Texas Tech University

2009.08-2013.06: B.E. in Petroleum Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology                          


Research Project:

1. The National Natural Science Foundation of China (42202136), “Shale media deformation and their porosity and permeability evolution based on mineral granular mechanics”, 2023-2025, principal investigator.

2. EU Horizon 2020 (No. 764810), Science 4 Clean Energy, 2017-2020, €9,785,730, participated

3. EU Horizon 2020 (No. 640979), ShaleXenvironmenT, 2015-2018, €3,399,202, participated

Research Interests:

1. Multi-scale, multi-physics modeling

2. Transport of fluids and particles in porous media

3. Oil and gas transport in shale rocks

4. Treatment of micro-/nano-plastics from wastewater

5. Recovery of environmental nanoparticle tracers

Published Works:

Select Journal Publications (*corresponding author)

First/Corresponding-authored works

1. Fan, D.*, Chapman, E., Khan, A., Iacoviello, F., Mikutis, G., Pini, R., and Striolo, A., 2022. Anomalous Transport of Colloids in Heterogeneous Porous Media: A Multi-Scale Statistical Theory. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 617: 94-105.

2. Fan, D.*, Pini, R. and Striolo, A. 2021. A Seemingly Universal Particle Kinetic Distribution in Porous Media. Applied Physics Letters, 119, 134101.

3. Fan, D.*, Ettehadtavakkol, A. and Wang, W., 2020. Apparent Liquid Permeability in Mixed-Wet Shale Permeable Media. Transport in Porous Media. 134: 651-677.

4. Fan, D.*, Phan, A. and Striolo, A., 2020. Accurate Permeability Prediction in Tight Gas Rocks via Lattice Boltzmann Simulations with an Improved Boundary Condition. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 73, 103049.

5. Fan, D. and Ettehadtavakkol, A., 2017. Analytical Model of Gas Transport in Heterogeneous Hydraulically Fractured Organic-Rich Shale Media. Fuel. 207: 625-640.

6. Fan, D. and Ettehadtavakkol, A., 2017. Semi-Analytical Modeling of Shale Gas Flow through Fractal Induced Fracture Networks with Micro-Seismic Data. Fuel. 193: 444-459.

7. Fan, D. and Ettehadtavakkol, A., 2016. Transient Shale Gas Flow Model. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering. 33: 1353-1363.

8. Wang, W., Fan, D.*, Sheng, G., Chen, Z. and Su, Y., 2019. A Review of Analytical and Semi-Analytical Fluid Flow Models for Ultra-Tight Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. Fuel. 256: 115737.

Co-authored works

1.  Kali, R. F. S., Fan, D., Hazel, N., and Striolo, A. 2022. Techno-socio-economic analysis of geological carbon sequestration opportunities. Environmental Science: Advances, 1 (2), 138–155.

2. Pang, Y., Fan, D., and Chen, S., 2021. A Novel Approach to Predict Gas Flow in Entire Knudsen Number Regime through Nanochannels with Various Geometries. SPE Journal, 1-20.

3. Phan, A., Fan, D., Striolo, A., 2020. Fluid Transport through Heterogeneous Pore Matrices: Multiscale Simulation Approaches. Physics of Fluids, 32.10: 101301.

Conference Papers & Presentations

1. Fan, D., Chapman, E., Pini, R., and Striolo, A. Dispersion and Retention of Colloids in Saturated Sandstone from the Microscale to the Macroscale. 14th InterPore Annual Meeting, Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 30-June 2, 2022.

2. Fan, D. Multi-Scale Dynamics of Nanoparticles versus Solutes Transport in Porous Media. An invited speech at Imperial College London, London, UK, March 25, 2022.

3. Fan, D. A Seemingly Universal Particle Kinetic Distribution in Porous Media. Mathematics in (bio)Chemical Kinetics and Engineering, Shanghai, China, October 24-27, 2021.

4. Fan, D., Wang, W., Ettehadtavakkol, A. and Su, Y. Confinement Facilitates Wetting Liquid Slippage Through Mixed-wet and Heterogeneous Nanoporous Shale Rocks. Conference paper at Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, 22-24 July 2019.

5. Fan, D. Simulations of Colloidal Nanoparticle Flow Through Geological Porous Media. An invited speech at BP Research Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames, UK, 6 November 2019.

6. Fan, D., Phan, A. and Striolo, A. Accurate Lattice Boltzmann Simulations of Gas Permeability Through Nanoporous Media. UK Fluids Conference, Cambridge, UK, 27-29 August 2019.

7. Fan, D., Striolo, A. and Pini, R. Recovery of Molecular versus Particle Tracers in Porous Media. International Conference on Properties & Phase Equilibria for Product & Process Design, Vancouver, Canada, 12-16 May 2019.