Zuleima Karpyn

Zuleima T. Karpyn

Email: 
Phone: 
814-863-2273
Office Address: 
151 Hosler Building
Title(s): 
Professor and Program Chair of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Endowed Title(s): 
Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Energi Simulation Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions
Unit: 
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
PDF icon Curriculum Vitae (250.37 KB)
Expertise: 
  • Multi-phase flow in porous media
  • X-ray Computed Tomography
  • Digital Rock Physics
  • Unconventional reservoir characterization
  • Solid/liquid interfaces and wettability
  • Enhanced oil recovery
Education: 
  • 9/01 - 5/05 Ph.D., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1/99 - 5/01 M.S., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 9/91 - 8/97 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Courses Taught: 
  • PNG 405: ROCK AND FLUID PROPERTIES - Introduction to petroleum reservoir rock and fluid properties, coring methods, and principles of flow in porous media.
  • PNG 406: ROCK AND FLUID LABORATORY - Systematic study of oil reservoir rocks and fluids, and their interrelation applied to petroleum engineering.
  • PNG 475: PRODUCTION AND COMPLETIONS ENGINEERING – Well inflow performance and subsurface production principles of oil and gas reservoirs.
  • PNG 492: PETROLEUM ENGINEERING CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT – Integration of petroleum and natural gas engineering concepts to project design.
  • PNG 501: FLOW IN POROUS MEDIA – Governing equations and formulation of problems of fluid flow in porous media. Class size:
  • PNG 590: COLLOQUIUM - graduate seminars series.
  • EGEE 101: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT - Energy utilization and technological development, energy resources, conversion and consequences on the local and global environment, and energy alternatives.

About:

Zuleima Karpyn is Professor, Program Chair and Quentin and Louise Wood Endowed Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Dr. Karpyn specializes on multiphase flow and transport in porous media, and X-ray computed tomography. Areas of application include unconventional resource characterization, reservoir engineering, environmental remediation and carbon sequestration. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Karpyn is a recipient of the 2008 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award granted by the National Science Foundation, the 2010 Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching, she is Energi Simulation (former Foundation CMG) Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions since 2014, 2016-17 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar, and 2018-19 BIG10 Academic Leadership Fellow. She has also served as Associate Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal (2009-2014), Assistant Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (2014-2017), and Associate Editor of Transport in Porous Media (2018-present).

Research Projects: 
  • Enhanced oil recovery from oil-wet carbonate rocks via chemically tuned waterflooding
  • Experimental Investigation of gas storage and transport in shales
  • Pore-scale analysis of wettability alteration in carbonate rocks and the effect of water salinity
Publications: 
  • Purswani, P., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2019 “Laboratory Investigation of Chemical Mechanisms Driving Oil Recovery from Oil-Wet Carbonate Rocks”. Fuel, Volume 235, 406-415. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.07.078.
  • Zhou, S., Liu, D., Cai, Y., Karpyn, Z.T., and Yao, Y., 2018, “Comparative analysis of nanopore structure and its effect on methane adsorption capacity of Southern Junggar coalfield coals by gas adsorption and FIB-SEM tomography”. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 272 (December): 117-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2018.06.027.
  • Zhou, S., Liu, D., Cai, Y., Karpyn, Z.T., and Yao, Y., 2018, “Petrographic Controls on Pore and Fissure Characteristics of Coals from the Southern Junggar Coalfield, Northwest China”. Energies, 11 (1556): 1-22. DOI: 10.3390/en11061556.
  • Dewers, T., Heath, J., Yoon, H., Ingraham, M., Grigg, J., Mozley, P., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2018. Part I-3, “Pore-to-Core Characterization of Shale Multiphysics”, in Geological Carbon Storage: Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity, American Geophysical Union, 384 pages, ISBN: 978-1-119-11864-0.
  • Purswani, P., Tawfik, M.S., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2017. “Factors and mechanisms governing wettability alteration by chemically tuned waterflooding: a review”. Energy & Fuels, 31 (8):7734-7745. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b01067.
  • Abdelmalek, B., Karpyn, Z. T., Liu, S., Yoon, H., and Dewers, T., 2017. “Gas permeability measurements from pressure-pulse decay laboratory data using Pseudo-pressure and Pseudo-time transformations”. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-017-0376-5.
  • Chakraborty, N., Karpyn, Z.T., Liu, S., and Yoon, H., 2017. “Permeability Evolution of Shale during Spontaneous Imbibition”. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 38 (February): 590-596, DOI: 10.1016/j.jngse.2016.12.031.
  • Klise, K., Moriarty, D., Yoon, H., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2016. "Automated contact angle estimation for three-dimensional X-ray microtomography data”. Advances in Water Resources, 95 (September): 152–160, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.11.006.
  • Brunet, J.-P., Li, L., Karpyn, Z.T., Huerta, N., 2016. "Fracture opening and self-healing: critical residence time as a unifying parameter for diverging cement fracture property evolution under carbon sequestration conditions". International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 47 (April): 25-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.01.024.
  • Cao, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Li, L., 2016. “The role of host rock properties in determining potential CO2 leakage pathways”. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 45 (February): 18-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.12.002.
  • Torrealba, V. A., Karpyn, Z. T., Yoon, H., Klise, K. A., and Crandall, D., 2016. “Pore-scale investigation on stress-dependent characteristics of granular packs and their impact on fluid distribution”. Geofluids, 16(1): 198-207. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12143.
  • Cao, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Li, L., 2015. “Self-healing of cement fractures under dynamic flow of CO2-rich brine”. Water Resources Research, 51(6): 4684-4701. DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016162.
  • Aksu, I., Bazilevskaya, K., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2015. “Swelling of clay minerals in unconsolidated porous media and its impact on permeability”. GeoResJ, 7(September): 1-13. DOI:10.1016/j.grj.2015.02.003.
  • Alexis, D., Karpyn, Z.T., Ertekin, T., and Crandall, D., 2015. “Fracture permeability and relative permeability of coal and their dependence on stress conditions”. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 10(June): 1-10. DOI:10.1016/j.juogr.2015.02.001.
  • Yan, Q., Lemanski, C., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala H., L.F., 2015. “Experimental investigation of shale gas production impairment due to fracturing fluid migration during shut-in time”. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 24(May): 99-105. DOI:10.1016/j.jngse.2015.03.017.
  • Li, X., Akbarabadi, M., Karpyn, Z.T., Piri, M. and Bazilevskaya, E., 2015. ”Experimental investigation of carbon dioxide trapping due to capillary retention in saline aquifers”. Geofluids, 15(1-2): 1-14. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12127.
  • Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2015. "A production type-curve solution for coalbed methane reservoirs”. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 9(March): 136-152. DOI:10.1016/j.juogr.2014.12.001.
  • Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2015. “Development of Material Balance Equation for Coalbed Methane Reservoirs Accounting for the Presence of Water in the Coal Matrix and Coal Shrinkage and Swelling”. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 9(March): 153-162. DOI:10.1016/j.juogr.2014.12.002.
  • Ghazanfari, E., Pamukcu, S., Pervizpour, M., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2014. "Investigation of generalized relative permeability coefficients for electrically assisted oil recovery in oil formations”. Transport in Porous Media, 105(1): 235-253. DOI: 10.1007/s11242-014-0368-6.
  • Landry, C. J., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, O.M., 2014. “Relative permeability of homogeneous-wet and mix-wet porous media as determined by pore-scale Lattice Boltzmann modeling”. Water Resources Research, 50(5): 3672-3689. DOI:10.1002/2013WR015148.
  • Landry, C. J., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, O.M., 2014. “Pore-scale lattice Boltzmann modeling and 4D x-ray computed microtomography imaging of fracture-matrix fluid transfer”. Transport in Porous Media, 103 (3): 449-468. DOI:10.1007/s11242-014-0311-x.
  • Odumabo, S., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala H., L.F., 2014. “Investigation of gas flow hindrance due to fracturing fluid leak off in low permeability formations”. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 17(3): 1-12. DOI:10.1016/j.jngse.2013.12.002.
  • Dutta, R., Lee, C.-H., Odumabo, S., Ye, P., Walker, S.C., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala H., L.F., 2014. "Experimental investigation of fracturing-fluid migration due to spontaneous imbibition in fractured low-permeability sands”. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 17(1): 74-81. DOI:10.2118/154939-PA.
  • Celauro, J.G., Torrealba, V.A., Karpyn, Z.T., Klise, K.A., and McKenna, S.A., 2014. “Pore-scale multiphase flow experiments in bead packs of variable wettability”. Geofluids, 14(1): 95-105. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12045.
  • Brunet, J.-P., Li, L., Karpyn, Z.T., Kutchko, B.G., Strazisar, B., and Bromhal, G., 2013. “Dynamic evolution of cement composition and transport properties under conditions relevant to geological carbon sequestration”. Energy and Fuels, 27(8): 4208-4220. DOI: 10.1021/ef302023v.
  • Larpudomlert, R., Torrealba, V., Karpyn, Z.T., and Halleck, P.M., 2013. “Experimental investigation of residual saturation in mixed-wet porous media using a pore-scale approach”. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, September: 1-13. DOI 10.1007/s13202-013-0076-8.
  • Cao, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Li, L., 2013. “Dynamic alterations in wellbore cement integrity due to geochemical reactions in CO2-rich environments”. Water Resources Research, 49(6): 1-11. DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20340.
  • Lee, C.-H. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2012. “Numerical analysis of imbibition front evolution in fractured sandstone under capillary dominated conditions”. Transport in Porous Media, 94(1): 359-383. DOI: 10.1007/s11242-012-0009-x.
  • Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2012. “Development of a multi-mechanistic, dual-porosity, dual-permeability, numerical flow model for coalbed methane reservoirs”. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 8(1): 121-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.jngse.2012.01.004.
  • Landry, C. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2012. “Single-phase lattice Boltzmann simulations of pore-scale flow in fractured permeable media”. International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 5(2/3): 182-206. DOI: 10.1504/IJOGCT.2012.046320.
  • Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2012. “Numerical studies on the effects of water presence in the coal matrix and coal shrinkage and swelling phenomena on CO2-enhanced coalbed methane recovery process”. International Journal of Oil, Gas, and Coal Technology, 5(1): 47-65.
  • Nago, A., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala H., L. F., 2011. "Multivariate production optimization of a natural gas field". International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, 31(3): 185-193. DOI: 10.2316/Journal.205.2011.3.205-5381.
  • Landry, C., Karpyn, Z.T., and Piri, M., 2011. “Pore-scale analysis of trapped immiscible fluid structures and fluid interfacial areas in oil-wet and water-wet bead packs”. Geofluids, 11(2): 209-227. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-8123.2011.00333.x.
  • Basbug, B., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2011. “Estimation of fracture-matrix transport properties from saturation profiles using a multivariate automatic history matching method”. Petroleum Science and Technology, 29(9), 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/10916460903514915.
  • Petchsingto, T., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. "Simulation of fluid percolation in a rough-walled rock fracture". Hydrogeology Journal, 18(7), 1583-1589. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-010-0632-y.
  • Mora, T., Orogbemi, O., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. “A study of hydraulic fracture conductivity and its dependence on proppant wettability”. Petroleum Science and Technology, 28(15), 1527-1534. DOI: 10.1080/10916460903070645.
  • Crandall, D., Bromhal, G. S., and Karpyn Z. T., 2010. "Numerical simulations examining the relationship between wall-roughness and fluid flow in rock fractures". International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mineral Sciences, 47(5), 784-796. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2010.03.015.
  • Lee, C.-H. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. "Experimental investigation of rate effects on two-phase flow through fractured rocks using x-ray computed tomography". Advances in X-Ray Microtomography for Geomaterials (eds. Alshibli, K.A. & Reed, A.H.) 230-237 (John Wiley & Sons).
  • Karpyn, Z.T., Piri, M., and Singh, G., 2010. “Experimental investigation of trapped oil clusters in a water-wet bead pack using x-ray microtomography”. Water Resources Research, 46(4), W04510, 1-25. DOI: 10.1029/2008wr007539.
  • Prodanović, M., Bryant, S.L. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. “Investigating matrix/fracture transfer via a level set method for drainage and imbibition”. Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 15(1), 125-136.
  • Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2009. “Development of a coal shrinkage-swelling model accounting for water content in the micropores”. International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering, 1(4), 346-364.
  • Petchsingto, T., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2009. “Deterministic modeling of fluid flow through a CT-scanned fracture using computational fluid dynamics”. Energy Sources, Part A, 31(11), 897-905. DOI: 10.1080/15567030701752842.
  • Karpyn, Z.T., Halleck, P.M., and Grader, A.S., 2009. “An experimental study of spontaneous imbibition in fractured sandstone with contrasting sedimentary layers”. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 67(1-2): 48-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2009.02.014.
  • Karpyn, Z.T., Alajmi, A., Radaelli, F., Halleck, P., and Grader, A., 2009. “X-ray CT and hydraulic evidence for a relationship between fracture conductivity and adjacent matrix porosity”. Engineering Geology, 103(3-4): 139-145. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2008.06.017.
  • Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., Gitman, A., and Ertekin, T. 2008. “Integration of seismic attributes and production data for infill drilling strategies – a virtual intelligence approach”. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 63(1-4): 43-52.
  • Basbug, B., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2008. “A study of absolute permeability dependence on pore-scale characteristics of carbonate reservoirs using artificial intelligence”. International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 1(4): 382-398.
  • Karpyn, Z.T., and Piri, M., 2007. “Prediction of fluid occupancy in fractures using network modeling and X-ray microtomography. I: Data conditioning and model description”. Physical Review E, 76(1), 016315: 1-13.
  • Piri, M., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2007. “Prediction of fluid occupancy in fractures using network modeling and X-ray microtomography. II: Results”. Physical Review E, 76(1), 016316: 1-11.
  • Ayala H., L.F., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2007. “On the calculation of static bottom-hole pressures in gas wells”. Petroleum Science and Technology, 25(8): 1099-1104.
  • Karpyn, Z.T., Grader, A.S. and Halleck, P.M., 2007. “Visualization of fluid occupancy in a rough fracture using micro-tomography”. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 307(1): 181-187.
  • Li, G., Karpyn, Z.T., Halleck, P.M., and Grader, A.S., 2006. “Modeling the formation of fluid banks during counter-current flow in porous media”. Transport in Porous Media, 62(2): 125-138.
  • Karpyn, Z.T., Li, G., Grader, A.S., and Halleck, P.M., 2006. “Experimental conditions favoring the formation of fluid banks during counter-current flow in porous media”. Transport in Porous Media, 62(1): 109-124.
  • Li, G., Karpyn, Z.T., Halleck, P.M., and Grader, A.S., 2005. “Numerical simulation of a CT-scanned counter-current flow experiment”. Transport in Porous Media, 60(2): 225-240.
Awards: 
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, Fulbright – Colciencias Innovation and Technology, 2016-2017.
  • Energi Simulation (formerly Foundation CMG) Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions, 2014.
  • Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Endowed Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
  • Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2008.
  • Outstanding Service to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists - Eastern Section, as Technical Program Co-Chair of the AAPG-SPE 2008 Eastern Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008.
  • Wilson Research Initiation Grant, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005.