Dr Paul Massarotto's research interests are in: in-situ four-dimesional fluid transport properties of coal seams; onboard storage of methane as a vehicular fuel for natural gas vehicles; enhanced oil recovery processes; and enhanced coalbed methane processes.
Dr Massarotto is Principal Research Fellow in Energy & Environment at the University of Queensland’s School of Engineering. He was awarded his late-life PhD in Chemical Engineering on the broad topic of dynamic fluid transport properties and permeability of in-situ coal. He has since been leading research into coalbed methane (CBM) extraction, coal mine demethanation (CMM) carbon dioxide geosequestration into coal seams with enhanced coalbed methane (CO2-ECBM), and on-board gas storage systems for natural gas vehicles. His expertise lies in the broad field of reservoir engineering and multi-disciplinary technology development and management related to the energy industries.
His current projects as a lead researcher or Chief Investigator include:
“CO2 Sequestration with Enhanced Coalbed Methane from Deep Coals” (ARC-L); “Dynamic Gas Permeability Investigations of Highly Stressed Coals” (ARC-L); “Multicomponent Gas Counter Diffusion in Coals” (ARC-D); “Packed Bed Reactor for Continuous Biodiesel Production Process” (ARC-L); “Catalytic Conversion of Waste Plastics to Hydrocarbon Fuels” (ARC-L). He also advises on the development of a new reservoir simulation model (multi-scale and multi-component) for CBM and ECBM applications.
Dr Massarotto consults to the Australian and international CBM industry on commercial and technology development problems. He has published over thirty papers on commercial, economic and technical topics of CBM recovery and CO2 geosequestration in coal, including a chapter in the text “Coalbed Methane: Scientific, Environmental & Economic Evaluation”.
Paul worked for 22 years in the international oil & gas industry, directing technology development and applications as Chief Petroleum Engineer and Drilling & Production Operations Manager for Texaco Canada and as Technical Manager for Esso Resources Canada. He attended the Wharton School of Finance and the Banff School of Advanced Management, where he won the inaugural McPhee award. His international experience also includes senior management of civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering consultancies in New Zealand. Dr Massarotto is the sole author of two oil recovery patents and is a 1970 Chemical Engineering graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
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