Publications

2017
E. D. Maalouf and Torres-Verdín, C., “Estimation of rock stiffness coefficients in VTI formations using LWD acoustic measurements (Expanded Abstract),” Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) 58th Ann. Logging Symposium. Oklahoma City, OK, June 17-21, 2017.
J. Selvakumar and Bakolas, E., “Evasion with Terminal Constraints from a Group of Pursuers using a
Matrix Game Formulation
,” American Control Conference. Seattle, WA, 2017.PDF icon jseb_acc17.pdf
K. Chen, Ghosh, R., Meng, X., Roy, A., Kim, J. - S., He, F., Mason, S. C., Xu, X., Lin, J. - F., Akinwande, D., Banerjee, S. K., and Wang, Y., “Experimental evidence of exciton capture by mid-gap defects in CVD grown monolayer MoSe2,” npj 2D Materials and Applications, vol. 1, pp. 1-15, 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract
In two dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides, defect-related processes can significantly affect carrier dynamics and transport properties. Using femtosecond degenerate pump-probe spectroscopy, exciton capture, and release by mid-gap defects have been observed in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown monolayer MoSe2. The observed defect state filling shows a clear saturation at high exciton densities, from which the defect density is estimated to be around 0.5 × 1012/cm2. The exciton capture time extracted from experimental data is around ~ 1 ps, while the average fast and slow release times are 52 and 700 ps, respectively. The process of defect trapping excitons is found to exist uniquely in CVD grown samples, regardless of substrate and sample thickness. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements on CVD and exfoliated samples suggest that the oxygen-associated impurities could be responsible for the exciton trapping. Our results bring new insights to understand the role of defects in capturing and releasing excitons in 2D materials, and demonstrate an approach to estimate the defect density nondestructively, both of which will facilitate the design and application of optoelectronics devices based on CVD grown 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.
J. Shiriyev, Brick, Y., Zhang, P., Yilmaz, A. E., Torres-Verdín, C., Sharma, M., Hosbach, T., Oerkfitz, M. A., and Gabelmann, J., “Experiments and simulations of a prototype tri-axial electromagnetic induction logging tool for open-hole hydraulic fracture diagnostics,” Geophysics, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. D7-D81, 2017.
X. Chen, Huo, X., Liu, J., Wang, Y., Werth, C. J., and Strathmann, T. J., “Exploring beyond palladium: Catalytic reduction of aqueous oxyanion pollutants with alternative platinum group metals and new mechanistic implications,” Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 313, pp. 745-752, 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract
For over two decades, Pd has been the primary hydrogenation metal studied for reductive catalytic water treatment applications. Herein, we report that alternative platinum group metals (Rh, Ru, Pt and Ir) can exhibit substantially higher activity, wider substrate selectivity and variable pH dependence in comparison to Pd. Cross comparison of multiple metals and oxyanion substrates provides new mechanistic insights into the heterogeneous reactions. Activity differences and pH effects mainly originate from the chemical nature of individual metals. Considering the advantages in performance and cost, results support renewed investigation of alternative hydrogenation metals to advance catalytic technologies for water purification and other environmental applications.
A. Rodríguez-Rozas, Pardo, D., and Torres-Verdín, C., “Fast 3D inversion of borehole resistivity measurements using a dimension-adaptive simulation method (Expanded Abstract),” Sixth International Symposium on Three-Dimensional Electromagnetics. Berkeley, CA, March 28-30, 2017.
S. A. Bakr, Pardo, D., and Torres-Verdín, C., “Fast inversion of logging-while-drilling resistivity measurements acquired in multiple wells,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 3, pp. E111-E120, 2017.
A. Rodríguez-Rozas, Pardo, D., and Torres-Verdín, C., “Fast simulation of 2.5D LWD resistivity tools (Expanded Abstract),” European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) 79th Ann. Conference and Exhibition. Paris, France, June 12-15, 2017.
S. Huang and Torres-Verdín, C., “Fast-forward modeling of compressional arrival slowness logs in high-angle and horizontal wells.,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 2, pp. D105-D120, 2017.
S. Huang and Torres-Verdín, C., “Fast-forward modeling of compressional arrival slowness logs in high-angle and horizontal wells.,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 2, pp. D105-D120, 2017.
E. Bakolas, “On the finite time capture of a fast moving target,” Optimal Control, Applications and Methods, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 778-794, 2017.PDF icon jocam_2016_eb.pdf
H. Daigle, Hayman, N. W., Kelly, E. D., Milliken, K. L., and Jiang, H., “Fracture capture of organic pores in shales,” Geophysical Research Letters, 2017.
C. van der Hoeven, Montgomery, M., Sablan, G., Schneider, E., and Torres-Verdín, C., “Gadolinium tracers for enhancement of Sigma-log contrast measurements.,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. EN13-EN24, 2017.
C. van der Hoeven, Montgomery, M., Sablan, G., Schneider, E., and Torres-Verdín, C., “Gadolinium tracers for enhancement of Sigma-log contrast measurements.,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. EN13-EN24, 2017.
X. Meng, Pandey, T., Fu, S., Yang, J., Jeong, J., Chen, K., Singh, A., He, F., Xu, X., Singh, A. K., Lin, J. - F., and Wang, Y., “Giant Thermal Conductivity Enhancement in Multilayer MoS2 under Highly Compressive Strain,” eprint arXiv:1708.03849, 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Multilayer MoS2 possesses highly anisotropic thermal conductivities along in-plane and cross-plane directions that could hamper heat dissipation in electronics. With about 9% cross-plane compressive strain created by hydrostatic pressure in a diamond anvil cell, we observed about 12 times increase in the cross-plane thermal conductivity of multilayer MoS2. Our experimental and theoretical studies reveal that this drastic change arises from the greatly strengthened interlayer interaction and heavily modified phonon dispersions along cross-plane direction, with negligible contribution from electronic thermal conductivity, despite its enhancement of 4 orders of magnitude. The anisotropic thermal conductivity in the multilayer MoS2 at ambient environment becomes almost isotropic under highly compressive strain, effectively transitioning from 2D to 3D heat dissipation. This strain tuning approach also makes possible parallel tuning of structural, thermal and electrical properties, and can be extended to the whole family of 2D Van der Waals solids, down to two layer systems.
A. Weathers, Carrete, J., DeGrave, J. P., Higgins, J. M., Moore, A. L., Kim, J., Mingo, N., Jin, S., and Shi, L., “Glass-like thermal conductivity in nanostructures of a complex anisotropic crystal,” Phys. Rev. B, vol. 96, pp. 214202, 2017. Publisher's Version
K. Yang, Yilmaz, A. E., and Torres-Verdín, C., “A goal oriented framework for rapid integral-equation-based simulation of borehole resistivity measurements of 3D hydraulic fractures.,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 2, pp. D121-D131, 2017.
K. Yang, Yilmaz, A. E., and Torres-Verdín, C., “A goal oriented framework for rapid integral-equation-based simulation of borehole resistivity measurements of 3D hydraulic fractures.,” Geophysics, vol. 82, no. 2, pp. D121-D131, 2017.
M. Iqbal, Lyon, B. A., Ureña-Benavides, E. E., Moaseri, E., Fei, Y., McFadden, C., Javier, K. J., Ellison, C. J., Pennell, K. D., and Johnston, K. P., “High temperature stability and low adsorption of sub 100 nm magnetite nanoparticles grafted with sulfonated copolymers on Berea sandstone in high salinity brine,” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 520, pp. 257-267, 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The synthesis of polymer grafted nanoparticles that are stable at high salinities and high temperature with low retention in porous media is of paramount importance for subsurface applications including electromagnetic imaging, enhanced oil recovery and environmental remediation. Herein, we present an improved approach to synthesize and purify sub-100 nm IONPs grafted with a random copolymer poly(AMPS-co-AA) (poly(2-acrylamido-3-methylpropanesulfonate-co-acrylic acid)) by means of catalyzed amide bond formation at room temperature. The improved and uniform polymer grafting of magnetic nanoparticles led to colloidal stability of IONPs at high temperature (120 °C) in API for a month. The transport behavior of the polymer grafted IONPs was investigated in crushed and in consolidated Berea sandstone. The high poly (AMPS-co-AA) polymer level on the surface (∼34%) provided electrosteric stabilization between the NPs and weak interactions of the NPs with anionic silica and sandstone surfaces. This behavior was enabled by low affinity of Ca2+ towards the highly acidic AMPS monomers thus enabling strong solvation in API brine. In crushed Berea sandstone, the retention was reduced by three fold and nine fold relative to our earlier studies, given the improvements in the grafted polymer layer. For intact core flood experiments in Berea sandstone carried out at elevated temperature (65 °C) and pressure (1000 psi net confining stress), the retention was 519 μg/g, comparable to the value for crushed Berea sandstone. Furthermore, the addition of a relatively small amount (0.1% v/v) of commercially available sacrificial polymer (e.g., HEC-10) further reduced IONP retention to 252 μg/g or 0.17 mg/m2 by blocking retentive sites
S. Alzobaidi, Da, C., Tran, V., Prodanović, M., and Johnston, K. P., “High temperature ultralow water content carbon dioxide-in-water foam stabilized with viscoelastic zwitterionic surfactants,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 488, pp. 79-91, 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Ultralow water content carbon dioxide-in-water (C/W) foams with gas phase volume fractions (ϕ) above 0.95 (that is <0.05 water) tend to be inherently unstable given that the large capillary pressures that cause the lamellar films to thin. Herein, we demonstrate that these C/W foams may be stabilized with viscoelastic aqueous phases formed with a single zwitterionic surfactant at a concentration of only 1% (w/v) in DI water and over a wide range of salinity. Moreover, they are stable with a foam quality ϕ up to 0.98 even for temperatures up to 120 °C. The properties of aqueous viscoelastic solutions and foams containing these solutions are examined for a series of zwitterionic amidopropylcarbobetaines, R-ONHC3H6N(CH3)2CH2CO2, where R is varied from C12–14 (coco) to C18 (oleyl) to C22 (erucyl). For the surfactants with long C18 and C22 tails, the relaxation times from complex rheology indicate the presence of viscoelastic wormlike micelles over a wide range in salinity and pH, given the high surfactant packing fraction. The apparent viscosities of these ultralow water content foams reached more than 120 cP with stabilities more than 30-fold over those for foams formed with the non-viscoelastic C12–14 surfactant. At 90 °C, the foam morphology was composed of ∼35 μm diameter bubbles with a polyhedral texture. The apparent foam viscosity typically increased with ϕ and then dropped at ϕ values higher than 0.95–0.98. The Ostwald ripening rate was slower for foams with viscoelastic versus non-viscoelastic lamellae as shown by optical microscopy, as a consequence of slower lamellar drainage rates. The ability to achieve high stabilities for ultralow water content C/W foams over a wide temperature range is of interest in various technologies including polymer and materials science, CO2 enhanced oil recovery, CO2 sequestration (by greater control of the CO2flow patterns), and possibly even hydraulic fracturing with minimal use of water to reduce the requirements for wastewater disposal.

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