Oil & Gas Staff
Mark Kelley, Research Leader
Research Leader Mark Kelley is bringing the secrets of subsurface geology to light. A hydrogeologist on the Battelle Oil & Gas team, he provides technical expertise for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Over the last decade, Mark’s work has put him at the forefront of both EOR and CCS. He has played an integral role in several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded demonstration projects for CCS, including the AEP Mountaineer demonstration project and the Battelle-led Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP). As a hydrogeologist, Mark uses a variety of technologies to characterize subsurface formations and model how fluids move through them. For CCS, he applies his expertise to identify promising sites for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage, quantify their storage potential and monitor the injection process. His subsurface characterization work is also used to build models to inform EOR activities.
Samin Raziperchikolaee, Research Scientist
A Research Scientist on the Battelle Oil & Gas team, Samin Raziperchikolaee applies geomechanical modeling to evaluate the risks of fluid injection and deep geologic sequestration. His work is helping Battelle’s oil & gas clients make better decisions for hydraulic fracturing, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and subsurface resource management. Since joining Battelle in 2014, Samin has worked on projects related to carbon (CO2) sequestration, brine disposal and shale gas production. Using data from researchers in the field, he builds computer models of the subsurface and runs simulations of various fluid injection scenarios. These geomechanical models can be used to evaluate specific risks such as wellbore enlargement or collapse, induced seismicity, surface uplift or caprock fracturing. He also builds models to predict hydrofracturing geometry for optimization of hydraulic fracturing parameters.
Jon Thorn, Laboratory Director
As the Laboratory Director and Manager of Battelle's Analytical Chemistry Services group, Jon Thorn oversees laboratory operations to ensure that our oil & gas clients get the highest quality data using the most up-to-date analytical techniques. Under his leadership, the Battelle ACS group is working to advance the science of petroleum forensics, trace level organic contaminants, and other specialty analytical services of interest to the oil & gas community. Jon got hooked on petroleum chemistry when he started career with Battelle as an undergraduate laboratory assistant in 1995. Since then, he has devoted his career to the science of environmental chemistry and analysis, with a special interest in hydrocarbon forensics. His experience in his 18 years with Battelle has included extraction and analysis of environmental samples for pesticides, PCBs, saturated hydrocarbons, PAHs, and petroleum biomarkers. Currently, he is most excited about recent work the team has done that combines metagenomics with petroleum chemistry. These studies combine the biology (what microorganisms are active at given point in time) with the chemistry (what hydrocarbons are available at a given time) to better understand what types of microorganisms “eat” different kinds of hydrocarbons.
Srikanta Mishra, Senior Research Leader
Senior Research Leader Dr. Srikanta Mishra is one of today’s foremost experts on geosystems modeling, uncertainty quantification and integrated system risk assessment. Srikanta leads reservoir modeling and data analytics activities for the Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Services resource group within Battelle’s Energy & Environment business unit. He joined Battelle in 2010 after a distinguished career in environmental consulting and applied research spanning the fields of petroleum reservoir engineering, carbon dioxide sequestration, nuclear waste disposal and water resource management. In 2013, Srikanta was promoted to Senior Research Leader, the highest technical level for scientists and engineers at Battelle. Srikanta’s team is currently setting up a joint industry project to investigate efficient strategies for improving recovery from the oil-rich Utica shale play in Ohio. Several operators have drilled wells in this region, but have not been able to produce oil at economic rates. If successful, the project could provide a significant boost to oil production in the area. He is also working to bring some of the advanced statistical data mining techniques used for national security and health analytics problems at Battelle to the oil and gas domain.
Neeraj Gupta, Senior Research Leader
Battelle Senior Research Leader and Institute Fellow Neeraj Gupta likes to go with the flow—the subsurface flow, that is. Over the last two decades, he has built his career around subsurface geology, hydrogeology and hydrodynamics. He is now one of the world’s leading authorities on deep geological carbon capture and storage (CCS). The work Neeraj and his team are doing has important implications for the oil & gas industry and for the environment. Using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery can be an option to reduce CO2 emissions, especially when compared to primary oil production without CO2. Because of the link between carbon emissions and climate change, the EPA has made carbon management a priority for the energy sector. His work on environmental technology services includes fate and transport of contaminants, evaluation of remediation technologies and risk assessment projects for the Air Force, Navy, EPA, DOE and private and international clients. Past projects include evaluation of subsurface permeable reactive barriers and assessment of remediation technologies at Cape Canaveral. He now provides technical and program development leadership for Battelle’s carbon management and subsurface exploration work. He is a leading authority on integrated projects for CO2 storage and utilization including characterization and exploration of deep geologic reservoirs and caprocks, monitoring and regulatory issues.
Mark Moody, Senior Field Geologist
When it comes to oil & gas, Mark Moody knows the drill. He’s been working in the industry in various capacities for nearly 40 years. His long career on the operations side of the business now informs his work as a Senior Field Geologist at Battelle. Over the course of his work in private industry, Mark gained extensive experience in well drilling, completion, oil production and wellbore integrity. Since joining Battelle in 2010, he has focused on helping oil & gas companies solve problems related to enhanced oil recovery and geologic storage of carbon or brine. Mark’s work is helping the industry answer critical questions about the factors that impact wellbore integrity, how integrity declines over time under different conditions, and what can be done to increase the safety and success rate of EOR and geologic storage applications.