New nanotechnology controlling wettability in unconventional gas reservoirs (ARC Linkage Project administered by The University of Adelaide) (2018–2019)
This project, supported by Santos, a major Australian energy company, aims to develop new nanoparticle technologies to change rock wettability and significantly increase gas production from shale and coal seam gas fields. The technology will use a unique combination of new theoretical models for suspension transport in fractures, innovative mathematical modelling supported by laboratory studies, and validated against field results to test and develop the new, integrated strategies for Australian gas fields. The project will lead to immediate
economic benefit to the Australian gas industry and will improve understanding of complex physical phenomena associated with natural gas production.