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Nanotechnology and Nano-Geoscience in Oil and Gas Industry

4 – 7 March 2014

The Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel | Kyoto, Japan

About this workshop


Use of novel nanoscale-structured materials, in the form of solid composites, complex fluids, and functional nanoparticle-fluid combinations, is  bringing major technological advances in many industries. The upstream oil and gas industry is rapidly catching up with active current research and development efforts. For example, nanotechnology developments from the materials engineering offer exciting new metallic alloys that combine high strength, low weight, and long-term resistance to corrosion and abrasion, which may bring enhanced performance, reliability and durability of the drilling and completions tubular goods, drilling equipment, and surface facilities including offshore structures and vessels. Considerable research on nanoparticles has also been undertaken towards enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and improved imaging of the reservoir and the fluids in it. Moreover, nanotechnology and related simulation tools provide us an opportunity to better characterise the interfacial phenomena occurring among subsurface minerals and fluids, notably wettability, and thereby help better understand the underlying mechanisms of hydrocarbon recovery. The current explosive activities in shale gas and oil production put urgency in developing new, nanoscience and nanotechnology-based, techniques and simulation tools to better characterise the organic contents of shale nano pores and their dynamics through nano-scale rock structures.

While further development is necessary for practical and economic implementation of these emerging applications in the field, the “nano” world clearly brings to the E&P industry exciting new opportunities and  challenges. This workshop, organised for multi-disciplinary professionals in the oil and gas industry, provides an excellent platform for discussions on how the region will meet these challenges, and what can be learnt from experiences in other parts of the world. In view of the advanced state of nanotechnology in East Asian countries, the workshop is also intended to bring those nanotechnology experts together with the world’s O&G E&P technology developers and field practitioners, so that fruitful cross-breeding can occur for the significant benefits for both technology communities. To retain the credibility of nanotechnology applications in industry, the health, safety, and environmental (HSE) concerns will be discussed with foresight.


The workshop offers industry and academia an opportunity to present and discuss the most recent advances in nanotechnology applications relevant to:

  • EOR and conformance control techniques
  • Flow assurance and well stimulation techniques
  • Drilling and completions
  • Shale gas/oil exploration and production
  • CO2  Geo-Sequestration


  • Nanoparticle technology for EOR and reservoir sensing
  • Nanoparticle technology for well integrity and flow assurance
  • New materials for drilling and completions and surface facilities
  • Asphaltene nano science in oil fields
  • Gas hydrate production and CO2 sequestration
  • Improved characterisation of shale gas and oil
  • Low-salinity EOR and desalination
  • HSE considerations

Who Should Attend

Adaptation of the huge advances made by other industries on the nanotechnology applications is rapidly gaining momentum in the upstream oil and gas industry, with potential of huge business impacts, and the industry practitioners should monitor the fast-evolving developments closely, not to miss out adopting those applications that could greatly benefit their business. This workshop is therefore designed for the industry practitioners who carry out various E&P activities, as well as the E&P-related technology developers and the regulators. Scientists and engineers, who are experts of nanotechnology but come from other community and are willing to have their techniques applied in upstream industry, are encouraged to participate in the next-generation revolutions in E&P-related technology.

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and hand-outs are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought. .
3. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with the workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the ATW.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in January 2014.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


There are no major international or domestic airports in Kyoto, Japan. Delegates are advised to book their international/ domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan. Japan railway trains and taxi services are available from the Kansai International Airport to Kyoto.

All travellers to Japan must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months on arrival. Information on Visa application is available from http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. An invitation letter to facilitate the application of visa will be issued to attendees, if required. Please check with your travel agent or the Japanese Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.