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Dr. Hu’s Presentations:

12/5/2014 “Shale Nanopore Connectivity, Micro-scale Fluid Migration, and Hydrocarbon Production”. Institut français du pétrole (IFP), Rueil-Malmaison, France.
12/1/2014 “Shale Nanopore Connectivity, Micro-scale Fluid Migration, and Hydrocarbon Production”. Department of Geosciences and Environment, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France.
8/29/2014 “Shale Nanopore Connectivity, Micro-scale Fluid Migration, and Hydrocarbon Production”. Department of Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
8/27/2014 “Sustainable Shale Resource Development: Environmental and Production-Decline Concerns”. Conoco Phillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
03/27/2014 “Fracture-Matrix Interaction Studies in Waste Repository and Shale Development”. Shell Colloquium, ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
02/20/2014 “Fracture-Matrix Interaction Studies in Waste Repository and Shale Development”. College of Engineering, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan.
02/17/2014 “Nanopore Connectivity and Macro-scale Fluid Migration in Shales”. Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd (JAPEX), Tokyo, Japan.
02/13/2014 “Fluid Flow and Chemical Transport in Porous and Fractured Media”. Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
01/31/2014 “Nanopore Connectivity and Macro-scale Fluid Migration in Shales”. Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
01/17/2014 “Pore Connectivity and Fluid Migration in Shales”. Research Institute of Production and Exploration Development (RIPED), PetroChina, Beijing, China.
11/08/2013 “Sustainable Shale Hydrocarbon Development Affected by Environmental and Production-Decline Issues”. Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas.
10/24/2013 “Sustainable Shale Hydrocarbon Development Affected by Environmental and Production-Decline Issues”. Energy & Geoscience Institute, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
10/29/2013 Hu, Q.H., Z.Y. Gao, and R.P. Ewing. Diffusion-Limited Fracture-Matrix Interaction and Gas Recovery in Barnett Shale. Session “A Comprehensive Look at Hydraulic Fracturing for Hydrocarbon Recovery and Other Purposes”, 2013 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO, October 27–30, 2013. 
10/19/2013 Hu, Q.H. Pore Structure and Fluid Flow Considering Yucca Mountain and Tight Shale Gas Experience. GSA Penrose Conference“ Predicting and Detecting Natural and Induced Flow Paths for Geothermal Fluids in Deep Sedimentary Basins” Park City, Utah, October 19–23, 2013. (keynote speaker)
10/07/2013 “Sustainable Shale Hydrocarbon Development Affected by Environmental and Production-Decline Issues”. The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Conference organization

  • Dr. was a Scientific Committee member for 8th International Symposium of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Chengdu, Nov. 15–17, 2016.
  • Dr. Hu served as Co-Convener for session “Shale Science: Coupled Processes in Hydraulic Fracturing and CO2 Sequestration” (with 41 oral and poster presentations), American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 15–19, 2014

Group Members:

  • PhD student, Yu-xiang, Shawn) Zhang, was awarded Gustavus E. Archie Memorial Grants from AAPG Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid Program in 2016
  • MS student Rafael Villegas was successfully awarded with a Graduate Fellowship from Spindletop Oil and Gas Co. in 2016
  • Congras to Troy Barber (undergraduate lab assistant) who won extremely competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program in 2015.
  • Mengdi (Dean) Sun, a joint PhD student from China University of Geosciences (Beijing) with 18-month funidng from China Scholarship Council, will present an oral talk at 2016 GSA Conference in Denver.
  • Rui Yang, a joint PhD student from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) with funding from China Scholarship Council, are the 1st authors for two posters in 2016 GSA Annual Conference in Denver.

Publications in 2015–2016 (corresponding author; student author*):

 

  • Gao*, Z.Y., and Q.H. Hu. 2016. Initial water saturation and imbibing fluid affect spontaneous imbibition into Barnett shale samples. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 34: 541–551.
  • Yang*, R., S. He, Q.H. Hu, D.F. Hu, and J.Z. Ye. 2016. Pore characterization and methane sorption capacity of over-mature organic-rich Wufeng and Longmaxi shales in the southeast Sichuan Basin, China. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 77: 247–261.
  • Zhang*, N., M.C. He, B. Zhang, F.C. Qiao, H.L. Sheng, and Q.H. Hu. 2016. Pore structure characteristics and permeability of deep sedimentary rocks determined by mercury intrusion porosimetry. Journal of Earth Science, 27(4): 670–676.
  • Yang*, R., S. He, T.Y. Li, X.Y. Yang, and Q.H. Hu. 2016. Origin of overpressure in clastic rocks of Yuanba Area, northeast Sichuan Basin, China. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 30: 90–105.
  • Nakajima**, T., H. Saito, S. Tojo, and Q.H. Hu. 2016. Effects of confining pressure on unsteady-state air permeability measurement in aggregated Andisol. Vadose Zone Journal, 15(3), doi:10.2136/vzj2015.05.0081.
  • Yang*, R., S. He, J.Z. Ye, and Q.H. Hu. 2016. Nano-scale pore structure and fractal dimension of organic-rich Wufeng-Longmaxi shale from Jiaoshiba area, Sichuan Basin: Investigations using FIB-SEM, gas adsorption and helium pycnometry. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 70: 27–45.
  • Yang*, R., S. He, X. Wang, Q.H. Hu, D.F. Hu, and J.Z. Yi. 2016. Paleo-ocean redox environments of the upper Ordovician Wufeng and the first member in lower Silurian Longmaxi formations in the Jiaoshiba area, Sichuan Basin. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53(4): 426–440.
  • Sun*, M.D., B.S. Yu, Q.H. Hu, S. Chen, W. Xia, and R.C. Ye. 2016. Nanoscale pore characteristics of the Lower Cambrian Niutitang Formation Shale: A case study from Well Yuke #1 in the Southeast of Chongqing, China. International Journal of Coal Geology, 154–155: 16–29.
  • Gao*, Z.Y., and Q.H. Hu. 2016. Wettability of Mississippian Barnett samples at different depths: Investigations from directional spontaneous imbibition. AAPG Bulletin, 100(1): 101–114.
  • Hu, Q.H., R.P. Ewing, and H.D. Rowe. 2015. Low nanopore connectivity limits gas production in Barnett Formation. Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 120(12): 8073–8087.
  • Gao*, Z.Y., and Q.H. Hu. 2015. Investigating the effect of median pore-throat diameter on spontaneous imbibition. Journal of Porous Media, 18(12): 1231–1238.
  • Zhang, X.Y., C.X. Liu, B.X. Hu, and Q.H. Hu. 2015. Statistical analysis of additivity models for scaling reaction rates: An example of multi-rate U(VI) surface complexation in sediments. Mathematical Geosciences, 1–25, doi: 10.1007/s11004-015-9620-z.
  • Hu, Q.H., X.G. Liu, Z.Y. Gao*, S.G. Liu, W. Zhou, and W.X. Hu. 2015. Pore structure and fluid migration behavior of typical American and Chinese shales. Petroleum Science, 12(4): 651–663.

 

Wiley Visiting Scientist Fellowship:

Dr. Hu has been selected as a recipient of Wiley Visiting Scientist Fellowship of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), PacificNorthwestNationalLaboratory. He spent one month during April-May of 2011 at EMSL to work on the pore-scale connectivity and associated mass transfer of Hanford sediments related to thelong-term contaminant release and management of contaminated sites. The work utilized FIB/SEM/EDS and X-ray microtomography at EMSL.