• The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 58 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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My research work made extensive use of NMR pulsed field gradient (PFG) techniques (in particular self-diffusion measurements) to quantify emulsions droplet size distributions, which also included the development of new NMR techniques for rapid emulsion droplet sizing. Extensive use of NMR relaxometry techniques is also part of my research experience, these are required to differentiate oil and water in emulsions. Beyond emulsions, my research has included the application of NMR imaging, diffusion and relaxometry measurements to study heavy hydrocarbon freezeout and reservoir formation.

Current projects

Experimental Studies of EGR/EOR from Tight Carbonates and Tight Formations

Future research

My research to date has focused on macro emulsions. My future research interest involves the application of inexpensive low field NMR to characterise micro emulsions with the focus on, but not limited to enhanced oil recovery applications.

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia

Aug 2012Mar 2018

Engineering, Bachelor Degree (Hons), The University of Western Australia

Mar 2008Dec 2011


  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Emulsion formation and stabilisation in oil/water systems
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • NMR and MRI
  • Emulsions
  • Oil and gas
  • Porous media
  • Enhanced gas recovery by CO2 injection
  • Enhanced oil recovery

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Emulsions Chemical Compounds
Nuclear magnetic resonance Chemical Compounds
Oils Chemical Compounds
Crude oil Engineering & Materials Science
Water Chemical Compounds
Petroleum Chemical Compounds
Hydrates Engineering & Materials Science
Carbon Dioxide Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 58 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
Open Access
crude oil
Crude oil

Emulsion Breakage Mechanism Using Pressurized Carbon Dioxide

Azizi, A., Aman, Z. M., May, E. F., Haber, A., Ling, N. N. A., Husin, H. & Johns, M. L., 20 Jun 2019, In : Energy and Fuels. 33, 6, p. 4939-4945 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide

Explosive Emulsion Characterisation using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Hayward, N. E., Ling, N. N. A. & Johns, M. L., 1 May 2019, In : Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics. 44, 5, p. 531-540 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nuclear magnetic resonance
Chemical analysis
5 Citations (Scopus)

Quantifying the Effect of Salinity on Oilfield Water-in-Oil Emulsion Stability

Ling, N. N. A., Haber, A., Graham, B. F., Aman, Z. M., May, E. F., Fridjonsson, E. O. & Johns, M. L., 20 Sep 2018, In : Energy and Fuels. 32, 9, p. 10042-10049 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crude oil
11 Citations (Scopus)

By-line NMR emulsion droplet sizing

Ling, N. N. A., Haber, A., May, E. F., Fridjonsson, E. O. & Johns, M. L., 16 Mar 2017, In : Chemical Engineering Science. 160, p. 362-369 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Nuclear magnetic resonance

Projects 2018 2018