Lei Wang

School of Mining and Geosciences
Assistant Professor

Dr. Lei Wang is an Assistant Professor in Petroleum Engineering in School of Mining and Geosciences at Nazarbayev University. In Dec. 2014, he obtained his PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He received his BS and MS degrees from China University of Petroleum in Environmental Engineering and Petroleum Engineering, respectively. Before joining Nazarbayev University in 2019, he had worked as a postdoc researcher on several projects, including development of cryogenic fracturing technology for shale and tight gas reservoirs, quantitative characterization of CO2 geological sequestration, chemical EOR, formation damage, and so forth.

Research interests:

Reservoir simulation with multiphysics (geomechanics, thermal, chemical, etc.), waterless fracturing techniques (Liquid N2, CO2) for unconventional reservoir development (coalbed methane, shale, and tight formations), machine learning and AI applications in reservoir engineering, phase behavior and thermodynamics, gas flow in nanoporous media, gas EOR, CO2 geological sequestration, and remediation of clay related formation damage.

Available positions:

Students and scholars with strong computational, experimental, and fracturing relevant experience are encouraged to contact Dr. Lei Wang for more details about openings in the group.

Current group members:

  • Postdoc researcher

           Dr. Sotirios Longinos: Cryogenic fracturing of CBM reservoirs

  • PhD students

2020: Madiyar Koyanbayev

  • MS students

2020: Aida Sagindykova, Mukhabbat Suleimen

2021: Amina Dauyltayeva, Kuralay Tleumbetova

  • Undergraduate students

2017: Anuar Sugirov, Baglan Orynbayev, Dariya Yessengali, Galymzhan Serikov, Madi Yesmukhambet, Nurzhan Yessenbayev, Shynar Rakhmet

Ongoing projects:

Simulation of gas injection EOR in tight carbonate reservoirs coupling capillarity and geomechanics, Faculty-Development Competitive Research Grants Program (FDCRGP), 2020-2022. 

Development of cryogenic fracturing technology for coalbed methane production in Karaganda Coal Basin, Collaborative Research Program (CRP), 2021-2023.