Mohammad H. Sedaghat

PhD student

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Research interests

My research interests range from enhanced oil recovery, over thermodynamics to flow-based upscaling.


I am currently finishing up my PhD on the upscaling of relative permeability in layered naturally fractured reservoir rocks of variable wettability.

Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne, I worked with Stephan Matthäi as a PhD student at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria, which I joined after earning my MSc degree in Matthai’s team from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran in 2011, conducting a theoretical, numerical and experimental investigation of an enhanced oil recovery method suitable for carbonate rocks. I have also been involved in teaching Petroleum and Subsurface engineering courses at Azad University (Iran) and the Montanuniversitaet, as well as Petroleum Engineering summer schools in Croatia and Austria (2015).


Saturation fronts (a), relative permeability (b), and imbibition haloes determined by capillary number (c) in layers of naturally fractured rock, comparing and contrasting different wettability states of the rock matrix as expressed by different contact angles.

The results demonstrate how much the contact angle influences saturation distibutions, relative permeability, and Capillary number (Sedaghat et al., in press).

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Figure b
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