Dr Chawarwan Khan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 56195


Chawarwan Khan is a post-doctoral research fellow at the school of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia. Khan completed his PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University/Australia in 2014. He was formerly a research assistant at Curtin University during his Master and PhD.

Since 2013, Dr Khan’s principle activities have been in three cross-disciplinary projects supported by ANLEC R&D, the Queensland State Smart Futures fund, corporate funds through the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas and UQ internal funds. These projects involve a range of academic and post-doctoral research staff from the University of Queensland (from Chemical Engineering, Earth Science and the Sustainable Minerals Institute) and Griffith University (Environmental Engineering & Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre).

He was initially employed at UQ (prior to his PhD conferral) as a Research Engineer in the School of Chemical Engineering, to provide expertise in the area of petroleum and reservoir engineering. The position entailed a broad remit including responsibility in providing general assistance to senior academic staff in Chemical Engineering and Earth Science for the execution of their duties; for developing and participating in grant applications and executing and supporting (in association with others) research projects.

He was subsequently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a role has been to lead the petroleum engineering/reservoir modelling activities. This work has entailed considerable interaction with a range of people of different seniorities, both academic and corporate based. During this period he has also taken on teaching duties in the Petroleum Engineering area for the Master and undergraduate programs.

Research Interests

  • Predicted Wandoan Water Quality Impacts of CO2 injection with SO2 Co-contaminants
    Final Report-2014: This project was funded by CTSCo Pty Ltd to investigate the potential impact on water quality and the volume of water expected to be affected by injection of CO2 with co-contaminants into the Precipice Sandstone in the Wandoan area, Queensland.
  • Thermal Stimulation of Coal Seam Gas Fields: Final Report-2013
    The project was funded by CCSG to investigate opportunity analysis of thermal stimulation of Australian coal seam beds and examined whether well productivity can be sufficiently improved under some reservoir conditions to commercially justify thermal stimulation.
  • Geochemical and Geo-mechanical Testing of Near Wellbore CO2 Injectivity Improvement.
    Final Report-2014: This project was part of a group of related ANLEC projects supporting Australian CO2 sequestration demonstration and commercial projects.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University
  • Masters of Science, Curtin University


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Chawarwan, Khan, Dan, Kuznetsov, Thomas Rufford, Victor, Rudolph and Zhongwei, Chen (2019). Optimisation of dewatering rates to maximise coal seam gas production. SPE/AAPG/SEG Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 18-19 November 2019. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :Unconventional Resources Technology Conference. doi: 10.15530/AP-URTEC-2019-198210

  • Khan, Charwarwan, Ge, Lei, Mahoney, Shilo, Rufford, Tom, Rudolph, Victor, Steel, Karen, Towler, Brian and Honari, Vahab (2015). Coal bed methane reservoir simulation study. AAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane / Brisbane Convention Centre, 12-13 February 2015. Tulsa, OK United States :Datapages.

  • Ge, Lei, Khan, Charwarwan, Mohoney, Shilo, Rufford, Thomas and Rudolph, Victor (2015). Effects of effective stress changes on coal relative permeability. International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Melbourme, Australia, 27 September - 1 October 2015.

  • Ge, Lei, Khan, Charwarwan, Rufford, Thomas E. and Rudolph, Victor (2015). Measurements of gas-liquid relative permeability of Queensland coals. AAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane / Brisbane Convention Centre, 12-13 February 2015. Tulsa, OK United States :Datapages.

  • Dmyterko, Anastasia, Shahtalebi, Ali, Khan, Chawarwan, Shukla, Pradeep and Rudolph, Victor (2014). Thermal stimulation of coal seam gas fields. Chemeca 14: Processing Excellence; Powering Our Future, Perth, WA Australia, 28 September-1 October 2014.

  • Dawson, G. K. W., Biddle, D, Khan, C, Jiang, X., Golding, S. D. and Rudolph, V. (2013). Berea Sandstone permeability pre and post reaction with supercritical CO2 in 1% NaCl brine. Goldschmidt Conference 2013, Florence, Italy, 25-30 August 2013. Twickenham, Middlesex, United Kingdom :Mineralogical Society. doi: 10.1180/minmag.2013.077.5.4

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