Nicholas D Griffith
Research Interests: Nanoparticles
Nick Griffith is a Master's student who will graduate May 2017. Originally from Ventura, CA, he first moved to Texas to study engineering and mathematics at Trinity University in San Antonio as a student-athlete and fell in love with geology and statistics. Being in close proximity with Austin, Nick quickly fell in love with the city and school and decided to a pursue a MS in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. In his free time, Nick loves fishing, reading, and lifting all the weights at the gym.
Nick is investigating the in-situ characteristics of nanoparticle-stabilized natural gas liquid-in-water emulsions for enhanced oil recovery purposes in high permeability sandstones. The effects of salinity, injection rate, nanoparticle surface coatings, etc., on Pickering emulsion stability in porous media are not fully understood, and his work attempts to quantify this. Furthermore, he is interested in optimizing residual recovery of heavy oils by altering emulsion characteristics including droplet size, rheology, and generation methods. Pickering emulsions for enhanced oil recovery, offer a robust alternative to surfactant analogues which may destabilize at high temperature and salinity conditions.