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Konstantinos Kostarelos

Research Manager

Department and/or Research Center: UH Energy, Subsurface Research Center
Research Areas:
  • Advancing surfactant Technology for Oil Recovery
  • Asphaltene Behavior
  • Single Well Tracer Testing (SWTT) for Fracture Interrogation
  • Developing a Chemical Sensor Using Near IR Spectroscopy
  • Improved Understanding of Bubble Point Suppression Mechanisms
  • Fabrication of Synthetic Sandstone Cores
Interests:
  • Flow in Porous Media
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Chemical Tracers
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Impacts of Hydrocarbon Releases
  • Mobility and Conformance Control
Sponsor Title Role Status Funding Level (% to KK)
National Academies Gulf Research Program – Development Co-PI FUNDED: ONGOING $1.2 M (9%)
Chevron Tech Ventures Dispersants Injectivity in Conventional Sandstone PI COMPLETED $50,000 (100%)
SERDP (DOE/DOD/ EPA) Mechanistic Understanding of PFASs in Source Zones: Characterization and Control PI FUNDED: ONGOING $1.6 M (23%)
NIRAS Surfactant studies for Shell tank farm PI FUNDED: ONGOING $20,000 (100%)
OIL Polymer studies in support of OIL project w. G. Thakur Co-PI COMPLETED $30,000
IUSSTF Env. Geotech. Workshop Co-PI F 2017 Travel to India
Blackhorse Energy Master Services Agreement PI COMPLETED $100K of in-kind support* (100%)
NIRAS Surfactant studies for DNAPL site, Sweden PI COMPLETED $15,000 (100%)
GSI/NIRAS Feasibility study (numerical simulation) for Surfactant assisted recovery of Jet A PI COMPLETED $34,277 (100%)
GSI/NIRAS Feasibility study (flow experiments) for Surfactant assisted recovery of Jet A PI COMPLETED 20,000 € (100%)
GSI/NIRAS Feasibility study (phase behavior) for Surfactant assisted recovery of Jet A PI COMPLETED $25,000 (100%)
UCY Funding to establish a Subsurface Research Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering PI COMPLETED 85,000 € (100%)
Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation Establishing an International Water Institute (IWI) (now NIREAS International Water Research Center) Co-PI COMPLETED 2,500,00 € (20%)
S-Oil Co Sear Feasibility for Diesel and gasoline contaminated soil Co-PI COMPLETED $150,000 (100%)
Ssang Hwi Oil Co SEAR Feasibility for Fuel contaminated soils Co-PI COMPLETED $85,000 (100%)
NSF Functional Optical Probes for In-situ Monitoring for Geo-Environmental Applications Co-PI COMPLETED $40,000 (50%)
McGuire AFB Bio-Uptake Study PI COMPLETED $6,000 (100%)
NYS DOT/ TIRC Stormwater Management Practices Study PI COMPLETED $280,000 (100%)
NYC DEP/ Metcalf & Eddy Filamentous Counting for the PO-55 Nitrogen Removal Pilot Studies PI COMPLETED $75,000 (100%)
DRAI Consultants Feasibility Testing of Coal Tar Remediation Using Surfactant Solutions PI COMPLETED $22,000 (100%)
  • Phase behavior studies
  • Spinning drop tensiometer
  • Contact angle
  • du Nouy Ring tensiometer
  • Inductively coupled plasma-OES
  • High pressure/high temperature core flood
  • Gas and liquid chromatography / MS
  • Rheology (Contraves, Brookfield, Anton Parr)
  • NIR spectroscopy
  • Acid number
  • XRD/XRF
  • Core analysis/SCAL
  • Liquid scintillation counter
  • Surfactant titration
  • 1D flow (low pressure) experiments
  • 2D physical model: design, fabrication, experimentation
  • HP/HT core flood rig (gas): Hastelloywetted parts, 8K psi, 250C capable
  • Spinning drop tensiometer: pressurized to 1000 psi, temp controlled
  • Rheometer: (on order)
  • HPLC: Agilent 1260 Infinity ELSD
  • Near IR spectroscopy: (used to develop a chemical sensor for in-situ, real-time measurements) Ocean Optics
  • Gas chromatograph / mass spectrometer: Agilent 7890B / 5977A
  • Koehler viscosity bath: isothermal Cannon-Fenske type rheometer.
National Academies Gulf Research Program
  • Description:
    No Description Available
  • Work Scope: Working with the oil industry to develop new ways to predict when an offshore drilling rig is at risk for a potentially catastrophic accident. Developing a NIR-based, fiber optic chemical sensor that could be used downhole for early kick detection.
  • Status: ONGOING
SERDP (DOE/DOD/EPA)
  • Description: Mechanistic Understanding of PFASs in Source Zones: Characterization and Control
  • Work Scope: Phase behavior and Flow experiments to illucidate retention mechanisms, potential phase trapping and adsorption / partitioning effects.
  • Status: ONGOING
OIL
  • Description: Polymer studies in support of OIL project W.G. Thakur
  • Work Scope: Bench-scale and core flooding of polymers for low permeability sandstone.
  • Status: COMPLETED
IUSSTF
  • Description: Environmental Geotech Workshop
  • Work Scope: Travel and lodging expenses for participation in international workshop.
  • Status: COMPLETED
Blackhorse Energy
  • Description: Master Services Agreement
  • Work Scope: Comparative study of CO2 vs. hydrocarbon gas for a depleted sandstone reservoir.
  • Status: COMPLETED
NIRAS
  • Description: Surfactant studies for DNAPL site, Sweden
  • Work Scope: Phase behavior and flow test to support a micellar flood.
  • Status: COMPLETED
GSI/NIRAS
  • Description: Feasibility study (numerical simulation) for Surfactant assisted recovery of Jet A
  • Work Scope: Phase behavior, flow tests, and numerical simulations to support a micellar flood.
  • Status: COMPLETED
    (UH Listed Only)
  • Sam Amadi
  • Travis Comer
  • Parth Jain
  • Jae Ho Lee
  • Dr. Sujeewa Palayangoda
  • Mohamad Salman
  • Anand Selveindran
  • Dr. Pushpesh Sharma
  • Priyank Srivastava
  • Enjelia Veony
  • Frederick B. Woodward
  • Shunxiang Xia
  • Xiaonan Xiong
  • Danial Zaraei
Book Chapters:
  • Masoud Ghandehari, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Cristian S. Vimer, “Chapter 12. Remote and In Situ Monitoring of Subsurface Liquid Hydrocarbons,” Optical Phenomenology and Applications, 2018, (ISBN: 978-3-319-70714-3)
  • Masoud Ghandehari, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Cristian S. Vimer, “Chapter 9. Subsurface Monitoring of Water in Soil,” Optical Phenomenology and Applications, 2018, (ISBN: 978-3-319-70714-3)
  • Naji Akladiss, David Scheer, Michael Smith, … Konstantinos Kostarelos, et al., Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Rocks, Technical/Regulatory Guidelines prepared by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), FracRock Team, published by the ITRC, Dec. 2017. (https://fracturedrx-1.itrcweb.org/)(note: The ITRC is a national group of experts on environmental issues that is tasked with authoring—not editing—guidance documents for the remediation industry. These documents are peer-reviewed. Funding is from Federal and State agencies such as the US EPA, US DOE, and ECOS)
Journal Publications:
  • Post COVID-19 Water and Wastewater Management to Protect Public Health and Geoenvironment, Evan Paleologos, Brendan O'Kelly, Chao-Sheng Tang, … Konstantinos Kostarelos, et al., Environmental Geotechnics, 2020. (ENVGEO-D-20-00067) in press
  • Application of Miscible Ethane Foam for Gas Conformance in Low Permeability Heterogeneous Harsh Environments, Mohamad Salman, Konstantinos Kostarelos*, Pushpesh Sharma, Jae Ho Lee, SPE Jr, 2020. In Press, SPE-201189-PA. 2020
  • The charge alteration of asphaltenes during electro-deposition, S Xia, K Kostarelos, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 124808, 2020
  • Surfactant flooding makes a comeback: Results of a full-scale, field implementation to recover mobilized NAPL, P Sharma, K Kostarelos, S Lenschow, A Christensen, PC de Blanc, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 230, 103602, 2020
  • An expression for irregularly distributed hydrocarbon volume using exponential decay method, M Salman, K Kostarelos, Environmental Geotechnics, 1-8, 2019
  • Application of Miscible Ethane Foam for Gas Conformance in Low-Permeability Heterogeneous Harsh Environments, M Salman*, K Kostarelos, P Sharma, JH Lee, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Denver, Colorado, 22-24 July 2019
  • Hydrocarbon recovery from oil sands by cyclic surfactant solubilization in single-phase microemulsions, P Sharma, K Kostarelos, SS Palayangoda, Journal of Energy Resources Technology 141 (8), 2019
  • A novel electro-deposition based asphaltene removal strategy, S Xia, E Veony, K Kostarelos, Fuel 244, 508-516, 2019
  • The Effect of Molecular Composition on the Electro-Deposition of Asphaltene, S Xia, K Kostarelos, SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry, 2019
  • Electro-deposition for asphaltene removal during heavy oil upgrading, S Xia, E Veony, K Kostarelos, RSC advances 9 (12), 6596-6602, 2019
  • Masoud Ghandehari, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Cristian S. Vimer, “Chapter 12. Remote and In Situ Monitoring of Subsurface Liquid Hydrocarbons,” Optical Phenomenology and Applications, 2018, (ISBN: 978-3-319-70714-3)
  • Masoud Ghandehari, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Cristian S. Vimer, “Chapter 9. Subsurface Monitoring of Water in Soil,” Optical Phenomenology and Applications, 2018, (ISBN: 978-3-319-70714-3)
  • Naji Akladiss, David Scheer, Michael Smith, … Konstantinos Kostarelos, et al., Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Rocks, Technical/Regulatory Guidelines prepared by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), FracRock Team, published by the ITRC, Dec. 2017. (https://fracturedrx-1.itrcweb.org/)(note: The ITRC is a national group of experts on environmental issues that is tasked with authoring—not editing—guidance documents for the remediation industry. These documents are peer-reviewed. Funding is from Federal and State agencies such as the US EPA, US DOE, and ECOS)
  • Shunxiang Xia, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Enjelia Veony, “A novel electro–deposition based asphaltene removal strategy” (Fuel: JFUE-S-18-05869).
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Sujeewa Palayangoda, “Cyclic surfactant injection process for tar recovery using type IV microemulsions” (Jr Energy Resources Technology: JERT-18-1275). ACCEPTED pending minor revision.
  • Mohamad Salman and Konstantinos Kostarelos “Analysis of Partitioning Interwell Tracer Data for Irregularly-Distributed Hydrocarbon” (Environmental Geotechnics: ENVGEO-D-18-00062). ACCEPTED pending minor revision.
  • Travis Comer, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Sujeewa Palayangoda, “Surfactant adsorption and retardation on synthetic cores” (Petr Sci & Eng: PETROL-S-17-00653).
  • Marinos A. Stylianou, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Jae Ho Lee, Soren R. Lenschow, Phillip C. de Blanc, and Anders G. Christensen, Design of surfactant foam flood for NAPL recovery from shallow subsurface,” Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. in press.
  • Hakan Djuma*, Adriana Bruggeman, Corrado Camera, Marinos Eliades, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “The impact of a check dam on groundwater recharge and sedimentation in an ephemeral stream,” Water, 2017, 9(10) 813; doi:10.3390/w9100813.
  • Konstantinos Kostarelos*, Clint Martin, Kyo Tran, Jose Moreno, Aaron Hubik, Shahab Ayatollahi, “Technical Update: Electro-kinetic Asphaltene Deposition Under Dynamic Conditions,” Jr Petroleum Technology, 2017, 69(3):20-23 (SPE)
  • Jan C. Herzberg, Marinos Stylianou, Anahita Pourjabbar, and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “A chemical sensor for alternative barriers using NIR spectroscopy”, Environmental Geo¬technics, 2017, 4(4):308–319 (DOI: 10.1680/jenge.14.00037). (ICE publishing)
  • Irene Voukkali, Andreas A. Zorpas, Marinos Stylianou and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Investigation on the implementation of an in situ process for the treatment of coal tar using standard mixture of surfactants in different CaCl2 concentrations,” Desalination and Water Treatment, 2017. 65:142-146, (Taylor & Francis)
  • Ali Hosseini, Elnaz Zare, Shahab Ayatollahi, Francisco M. Vargas, Walter G. Chapman, Konstantinos Kostarelos, and Vahid Taghikhani, “Electrokinetic behavior of asphaltene particles” Fuel, 2016, pp. 234-242 (DOI information: 10.1016/j.fuel.2016.03.051) (Elsevier)
  • Konstantinos Kostarelos, Søren R. Lenschow, Marinos A. Stylianou, Phillip C. de Blanc, Mette Marie Mygind, and Anders G. Christensen, “Jet A Recovery Using Micellar Flooding: Part 1: Design and Implementation,” Science of the Total Environment SI: Sustainable Soil & Water, 2016. pp. 890-898 (DOI information: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.211) (Elsevier)
  • Konstantinos Kostarelos, Marinos Stylianou, Andreas Zissimos, Ifigenia Gavriel, and Eleni Morriseau, “Legacy soil contamination at abandoned mine sites: Making a case for EU guidance on soil protection,” of Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2015, 94(3)269-274. (DOI 10.1007/s00128-015-1461-4) (Springer)
  • Konstantina Lortzie, Marinos Stylianou, Dimitris Dermatas, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Long-Term Environmental Impact at an Abandoned Gold-Silver Enrichment Plant: A Case Study in Mitsero, Cyprus,” Engineering Geology, 2015, 184:119-125. (Elsevier)
  • Symeon Christodoulou, Costas Michael, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Stavros Kassinos, Dionysios Dionysiou, Despo Fatta-Kassinos, “Nireas, International Water Research Center (Nireas-IWRC) of the University of Cyprus,” Contributions to Science, 2014, 221-228.
  • Anahita Pourjabbar, Costel Sarbu, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Juergen W. Einax, Georg Büchel, “Fuzzy hierarchical cross-clustering of soil water and slate samples contaminated with heavy metals,” Computers and Geosciences, 2014, 72:122-133. (Elsevier)
  • Maria Klavarioti, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Masoud Ghandehari, “In situ sensing of subsurface contamination—part I: near-infrared spectral characterization of alkanes, aromatics, and chlorinated hydrocarbons”, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2014, 21(9):5849-5860. (Springer)
Abstract-Reviewed Conference Papers:
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Priyank Srivastava, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Data Analytics for Gulf of Mexico Oilfields Using New Data Mining Algorithms,” EAGE First Conference on Machine Learning in Latin America, September 23-24 2020.
  • Mohamad Salman, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Pushpesh Sharma, Jae Ho Lee, “Application of Miscible Ethane Foam For Gas Conformance In Low Permeability Heterogeneous Harsh Environments,” URTEC 2019, Denver, CO (2019-A-1009-URTeC).
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Mohamad Salman, Anand Selveindran, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Sequestering a GHG: EOR using Associated Gas,” International Conference on Applied Energy, Applied Energy Symposium (AEAB), MIT, Boston, USA May 22-24, 2019.
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Priyank Srivastava, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Data Analytics for Gulf of Mexico Oilfields Using New Data Mining Algorithms,” EAGE First Conference on Machine Learning in Latin America, September 23-24 2020.
  • Shunxiang Xia and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Asphaltene Electro-Deposition and the Effect of Molecular Composition,” SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry, April 8-9, 2019: 19OCC-P-170-SPE.
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Konstantinos Kostarelos, and Xiaonan Xiong, “Single Phase Microemulsions Applied to Oil Sands,” SPE Western Regional Meeting, 22 - 26 Apr 2018, Garden Grove, CA (SPE- 190086)
  • Marinos A. Stylianou, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Ahmed Seyedabbasi, Soren R. Lenschow , Phillip C. de Blanc, and Anders G. Christensen, “Design of surfactant foam flood for NAPL recovery from shallow subsurface” 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology CEST 2017, 31st August - 2nd September 2017, Rhodes, Greece.
  • Andreas Kallis, Marinos A. Stylianou, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Innovative Water Resources Management Plan: Cyprus Case Study” Industrial Waste & Wastewater Treatment & Valorisation 2015, May 21-23 2015, Athens, Greece
  • Marinos A. Stylianou, K. Tsiftes, Ifigenia Gavriel, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Charles Demetriou, A. Papaioannou, Environmental impacts of abandoned sulphide mines - the example of Mathiatis Mine in Cyprus, SYMBIOSIS International Conference 2014, 19-21 June, Athens Greece.
Abstracts in Conferences (peer-reviewed only):
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Thomas Wanzek, Emerson Christie, and Jennifer Field, “CMC, Foaming, and Phase Behavior Properties of AFFFs: Implications for PFAS Fate and Transport,” Twelfth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, May 31-June 4, 2020, Portland, Oregon.(No. 1261) note: this conference was re-scheduled for 2021 due to COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Enjelia Veony, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Pushpesh Sharma, “Application of Micellar Flooding for Soil Remediation at a DNAPL contaminated site,” Interpore 2019, May 6-10, 2019, Valencia, Spain (No. 746).
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Anders Christensen, Søren Lenschow, Phillip de Blanc, “Field application of micellar flooding for LNAPL recovery,” Interpore 2019, May 6-10, 2019, Valencia, Spain (No. 685).
  • Shunxiang Xia and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Removal of Asphaltene from Crude Oil through Electrodeposition Method,” Session: Fundamentals and Applications of Flow Assurance, 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting, Oct 28-Nov 2, 2018 536115.
  • Søren R. Lenschow, Anders G. Christensen, Anne Myette Lindof, Phillip de Blanc, and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Transient Mass Discharge Reduction versus Source Mass Reduction Following an In Situ LNAPL Source Remediation,” The Eleventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, April 8-12 2018, Palm Springs, CA (Battelle)
  • Pushpesh Sharma, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Sujeewa Palayangoda, “Coal Tar Recovery from Former Manufactured Gas Plant Sites Using Single-Phase Microemulsion,” The Eleventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, April 8-12 2018, Palm Springs, CA (Battelle)
  • Marinos A. Stylianou, Konstantinos Kostarelos, and Agapios Agapiou, “LNAPL Mobilization from Subsurface: 2D Tank Experiments” The 14th International AquaConSoil Conference, Lyon, France, June 26-30 2017. (session ThS 3h.1)
  • Phillip C. de Blanc, Søren R. Lenschow, Anders G. Christensen, Mette Marie Mygind, Anne Mette Lindof, and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Multiphase Simulations for Design of a Surfactant-Enhanced Aquifer Remediation”, The Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, May 22-26 2016, Palm Springs, CA (Battelle)
  • Søren R. Lenschow, Anders G. Christensen, Mette Marie Mygind, Anne Mette Lindof, Phillip C. de Blanc, and Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Monitoring and Documentation of In Situ LNAPL Remediation by Mobilization Using Blend of Anionic Surfactant in Combination with Brine”, The Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, May 22-26 2016, Palm Springs, CA (Battelle)
  • Konstantinos Kostarelos, Ahmad Seyedabbasi, Søren R. Lenschow, Marinos A. Stylianou, Phillip C. de Blanc, Mette Marie Mygind, and Anders G. Christensen, “Jet A Recovery Using Micellar Flooding: Design And Implementation,” AquaConSoil 2015, 13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources. 9-12 June 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Søren Rygaard Lenschow, Anders G. Christensen, Mette Marie Mygind, Ahmad Seyedabbasi, Phillip C. de Blanc, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Use of Numerical Models for Understanding and Design of Surfactant Enhanced Remediation, AquaConSoil 2015, 13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources. 9–12 June 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Travis Comer, Sujeewa Palayangoda, Konstantinos Kostarelos, “Effect of iron-bearing minerals on surfactant adsorption,” Interpore 2016, May 9-12, Cincinnati, OH
  • Konstantinos Kostarelos, George J. Hirasaki, Ahmad Seyedabbsi, Phillip C. de Blanc, Søren Lenschow, Anders G. Christensen, Marinos A. Stylianou, “Jet A Recovery Using Micellar Flooding: Design and Implementation”, 2015 Bioremediation Symposium, May 18-21, 2015, Miami, Florida. (Battelle)
  • 2019 CO 2 for EOR as CCUS Conference 2019 (invited speaker)
  • 2018 SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty in Petroleum Engineering
  • 2018 ITRC Stakeholder Recognition Award
  • 2017 ICE Best Paper in Journal, Environmental Geotechnics Prize
  • 2017 Pi Epsilon Tau (National Petroleum Engineering honor society)