Mohsen Masihi

Sharif University of Technology
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering 

Address: Azadi Ave., Sharif University of Technology, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Tehran, I.R. Iran, P.O. Box: 11365-9465

Tel: +98 (0)21 66166425

Fax: +98(0)21 66022853



Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. Iran, 2011 - Present

Vice-chair for Student and Cultural Affairs, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2012-Present

Director of Sharif Upstream Petroleum Research Institute (SUPRI), Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. Iran, 2013-Present

Director of Petroleum Engineering Group, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. Iran, 2008-2012

SPE-Iran Section Secretary, 2009 -Present

PhD, Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London, UK, 2003- 2006


Teaching Experience:


1.     Reservoir Rock Properties and Laboratory

3.     Reservoir Engineering I and II

4.     Fluid Flow through Porous Media

5.     Modelling and Simulation of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

6.     Geostatistics and Spatial Modelling

7.     Fractured Reservoir Engineering

8.     Percolation Approach in Reservoir Modelling


 Research Interests:


1.      Percolation Approach in Reservoir Modeling.

2.      Fractured Reservoir Studies

3.      Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques

4.      Reservoir Modeling and Simulation

5.      Reservoir Characterization




1.      M Masihi, P King and P Nurafza, The Effect of Anisotropy on Finite Size Scaling in Percolation Theory, Physical Review E 74, 042102 (2006).

2.      M Belayneh, M Masihi, S Matthai and P King, Prediction of Vein Connectivity Using the Percolation Approach: Model Test with Field Data, Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 3, 219-229, 2006.

3.      M Masihi, P King and P Nurafza, Fast Estimation of Connectivity in Fractured Reservoirs Using Percolation Theory, SPE Journal, 12 (2), 167-178, 2007.

4.      M Masihi and P King, A Correlated Fracture Network: Modeling and Percolation Properties, Water Resources Research Journal, 43, doi: 10.1029/2006WR005331, 2007.

5.      M Masihi and P R King, Connectivity Prediction in Fractured Reservoirs with Variable Fracture Size; Analysis and Validation, SPE Journal, 13 (1), 88-98, 2008.

6.      P King and M Masihi, Percolation in Porous media, Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, Part 16, 6565-6579, DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_389, 2009

7.      A. M. Paiaman, M. K. Ghassem Al-Askari, B. Salmani, B. D. Al-Anazi and M. Masihi, Effect of Drilling Fluid Properties on Rate of Penetration, NAFTA Journal 60 (3) 129-134, 2009.

8.      M. Tavakoli, R. Kharrat, M. Masihi and M.H. Ghazanfari, Prediction of Asphaltene Precipitation during Pressure Depletion and CO2 Injection for Heavy Crude, Petroleum Science and Technology, 28(09), pp. 892 - 902, 2010

9.      Sara Ma’soum and Mohsen Masihi, Invasion Percolation in the Presence of Gravity, Iranian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 29(1), 71-83, 2010.

10.  M. Fallah, M Masihi, A. Momeni, Recovery Improvement Using Water and Gas Injection Scenarios, Petroleum Science and Technology, 29(03), pp. 290 - 300, 2011.

11.  M. GanjehGhazvini, R. Kharrat and M. Masihi, A new mathematical model for force gravity drainage in fractured porous media, Transport in Porous Media, 83, 711-724, 2010.

12.  S. Razzagh Famian and M. Masihi, Immiscible gas injection to improve recovery from an Iranian naturally fractured reservoir: a case study with emphasize on uncertain parameters, Iranian Chemical Engineering Journal, Special issue (Enhanced Oil Recovery), 8(43), 6-14, 2009.

13.  M Rahimi, A Ramazani and M. Masihi, Automatic history matching for one of the Iranian Fractured Reservoir, Iranian Chemical Engineering Journal, Special issue (Enhanced Oil Recovery), 8(43), 152-165, 2009.

14.  S Sadeghnejad, M Masihi, PR King, A. Shojaei, M. Pishvaei, Effect of anisotropy on the scaling of connectivity and conductivity in continuum percolation theory, Physical Review E 81, 0611191-5, 2010.

15.  H. Darabi, A Kavousi, M. Moraveji, M. Masihi,  3D fracture modeling in Parsi oil field using Artificial Intelligence tools, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 71, 67-76, 2010.

16.  A SadegiBoogar, and M Masihi, New Technique for Calculation of Well Deliverability in Gas Condensate Reservoirs, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 2, 29-35, 2010.

17.  S. Razzagh Famian and M. Masihi, Special features of fracture network in Iranian fractured reservoirs, NAFTA Journal 61 (1) 39-47, 2010.

18.  A. Kakouei, M. Masihi, E. Biniaz and G. Zargar, Facies modeling using back propogation neural networks in southern pars field, Petroleum Research (in Persian), 20(61), 2010.

19.  F. Rasti, M. Masihi, R. Kharrat, Semi-analytical Modeling and Simulation of VAPEX process of “Kuh-e-Mond” heavy oil reservoir, Petroleum Science and Technology, 29(05), pp. 535 - 548, 2011.

20.  S Sadeghnejad, M Masihi, PR King, A Shojaei, M Pishvaei, Reservoir Conductivity Evaluation Using Percolation Theory, Petroleum Science and Technology, 29(10), 2011.

21.  H. Dashtian, G. R. Jafari, M. Sahimi, M. Masihi, Scaling, multifractality, and long-range correlations in well logs of large-scale porous media, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 390 (11), 2096-2111, 2011.

22.  M. Tavakoli, M. Masihi and M.H. Ghazanfari, R. Kharrat, Prediction of Asphaltene Precipitation during Solvent/CO2 Injection Conditions: A Comparative Study on Thermodynamic Micellization Model with a Different Characterization Approach and Solid Model, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, SPE-145638-PA, 50 (3), pp. 65-74, 2011.

23.  A SadegiBoogar, Gerami S. and M Masihi, Investigation on Capability of Modern Decline Curve Analysis for Gas Condensate Reservoirs, Scientia Iranica C, 18(3), 491-501, 2011.

24.  M Tavakkoli, M Masihi, M H Ghazanfari, Riyaz Kharrat, An Improvement of Thermodynamic Micellization Model for Prediction of Asphaltene Precipitation during Gas Injection in Heavy Crude, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 308, 153-163, 2011.

25.  A. Mirzaei-Paiaman, M. Masihi, D. C. Standnes, An Analytic Solution for the Frontal Flow Period in 1-D Counter-Current Spontaneous Imbibition into Porous Media Including Gravity and Wettability Effects,  Transport in Porous Media, 89 (1), 49-62, 2011.

26.  A. Mirzaei-Paiaman, M. Masihi, J. Moghadasi, Formation damage through aqueous phase trapping: a review on the evaluating methods. Petroleum Science and Technology, 29, 1–10, 2011.

27.  A. Ghasemi Nejad, M. Masihi and A Shojaei, Simulation of Fractured Reservoirs using Finite Element with Logarithmic Shape Functions, Iranian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 10(54), 8-21, 2011.

28.  A. Zarei, M. Masihi and K. Salahshor, Comparison of different univariate and multivariate geostatistical methods by porosity modeling of an Iranian oil field, Petroleum Science and Technology, 29(19), 2061 – 2076, 2011.

29.  A. A. Dehghan , S. A. Farzaneh, R. Kharrat, M. H. Ghazanfari, M. Masihi, Experimental and Simulation Studies of the Effect of Vertical Permeability Barriers on Oil Recovery Efficiency during Solvent Injection Processes, Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, 33(20), 1889 – 1900, 2011.

30.  M. Saidian, M H Ghazanfari, M Masihi, R Kharrat, Five-Spot Injection/Production Well Location Design Based on Fracture Geometrical Characteristics in Heavy Oil Fractured Reservoirs during Miscible Displacement: An Experimental Approach, Chemical Engineering Communications, 199 (2):306-320, 2012.

31.  S Sadeghnejad, M Masihi, M Pishvaei, A Shojaei, PR King, Utilization of Percolation Approach to Evaluate the Reservoir Connectivity and Effective Permeability: A Case Study on North Pars Gas Field, Scientia Iranica C, 18(6), 1391-1396, 2011.

32.  M. Masihi, L. Javanbakht, F. BahalooHoreh and M.R. Rasaei, Experimental Investigation and Evaluation of Three-Phase Relative Permeability Models, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 79, 45-53, 2011.

33.  P. Ahmadzedeh and M Masihi, Experimental Study of the parameters of Archie equation under capillary pressure for Asmari Rock Samples, Iranian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 10 (56), 2011.

34.  A. Mirzaei-Paiaman, M.Masihi, D.C. Standnes, Study on Non-equilibrium Effects during Spontaneous Imbibition, Energy and Fuels. 25 (7), 3053-3059, 2011

35.  M. Dejam, M. H. Ghazanfari, M. Kamyab and M. Masihi, The gas-oil Gravity Drainage model in a Single Matrix Block: A New Relationship between Relative Permeability and Capillary Pressure Functions, Journal of Porous Media,14(8):709–720, 2011.

36.  H. Darabi and M. Masihi, Optimizing the position of injection wells along with evaluating the uncertainty, Iranian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 29(4), 125-136, 2011.

37.  H. Dashtian, G. R. Jafari, Z. KoohiLai, M. Masihi, M. Sahimi, Analysis of Cross
Correlations between Well Logs of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
, Transport in Porous Media, 90 (2) , pp. 445-464, 2011

38.            S. Mohamadi, M. Masihi, M. H. Ghazanfari, Characterizing the Role of Shale Geometry and Connate Water Saturation on Performance of Polymer Flooding in Heavy Oil Reservoirs: Experimental Observations and Numerical Simulations, Transport in Porous Media, 91:973–998,( 2012).

39.  S. Sadeghnejad, M. Masihi, Water Flooding Performance Evaluation using percolation theory, Iranian Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, 2, 19-23, 2011.

40.  S. Sadeghnejad, M. Masihi, M. Pishvaei, A. Shojaei, P.R. King, Field scale characterization of geological formations using percolation theory, Transp Porous Med, 92 (2), 357-372, 2012.

41.  S. Mohamadi, M.H. Ghazanfari, M. Masihi, R. Kharrat, Experimental Study of Miscible Displacement with Hydrocarbon Solvent in Shaly Heavy Oil Reservoirs Using Five-Spot Micromodels: The Role of Shale Geometrical Characteristics, Journal of Porous Media, 15 (5): 415–427 (2012)

42.  A Maghzi, S Mohammadi,, M H Ghazanfari, R Kharrat, M Masihi,  Monitoring Wettability Alteration by Silica Nanoparticles during Water Flooding to Heavy Oils in Five-Spot Systems: A Pore-Level Investigation, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 40, 168-176, 2012

43.  S.Ehsan Samimi, Mohsen Masihi, Shahab Gerami, Mostafa Ganjeh Ghazvini, An Improvement on Modeling of Forced Gravity Drainage in Dual Porosity Simulations Using a New Matrix-Fracture Transfer Function, Transport in Porous Media, 94:207–223, 2012

44.  M. Yeganeh, M. Masihi, Fatholahi, S., Estimation of Formation Permeability in a Carbonate Reservoir Using Artificial Neural Network, Petroleum Science and Technology, 30(10), pp 1021-1030, 2012.

45.  Mohsen Masihi, Masood Sobhani, Adel Al-Ajmi, Yahya Al-Wahaibi and Talal Al-Wahaibi, A physically based three dimensional fracture model, Scientia Iranica C, 19 (3), 594–604, 2012.

46.  P. A. Mirzaei, D. Kaveh, I. Oraki, Masihi, M, Moghadasi, J, Study on Key Influential Factors of Gas Reservoir’s Potential for Aqueous Phase Trapping, Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, 34:1541–1549, 2012

47.  M. Parvazdavani, M. Masihi and M.H. Ghazanfari, Gas-Oil Relative Permeability at Near Miscible Conditions: An Experimental and Modeling Approach, Scientia Iranica C, doi:10.1016/j.scient.2012.11.007, 2012.

48.  M. Saidian and M.H. Ghazanfari, M. Masihi, R. Kharrat, Experimental investigation of the effects of fracture physical properties on the development of fingers in heavy oil fractured reservoir during miscibility conditions, Iranian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 30(4), 2011.

49.  Tavakkoli, M., Kharrat, R., Masihi, M., Ghazanfari, M.H., Fadaei, S., Phase Behavior Modeling of Asphaltene Precipitation for Heavy Crudes: A Promising Tool Along with Experimental Data, Int J Thermophys, 33:2251–2266, 2012.

50.  S. Mohammadi, M.H. Ghazanfari, M. Masihi, S. Vossoughi, Effect of Small Scale Flow Barriers Heterogeneities and Connate Water on Displacement Efficiency of Polymer Floods to Heavy Oil Reservoirs, Can. J. Chem. Eng. 9999:1–12, 2013.

51.  S. Jahanbakhshi, M.H. Ghazanfari, M. Masihi, Non-Equilibrium Model of Three-Phase Flow in Porous Media in Presence of Capillary and Gravity Forces, Journal of Hydrology, 478, 119-131, 2013

52.  S. Mohamadi, A. Maghzi, M. H. Ghazanfari, M. Masihi, A. Mohebbi and R. Kharrat, On the Control of Glass Micromodel Characteristics, Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental, 35(3), 193-201, 2013.

53.  Farzad Bashtani, Shahaboddin Ayatollahi, Ali Habibi, Mohsen Masihi, Permeability Reduction of Membranes during Particulate Suspension Flow; Analytical Micro Model of Size Exclusion Mechanism, Journal of Membrane Science, 435: 155–164, 2013.

54.  S. Sadeghnejad, M. Masihi, A. Shojaei, M. Pishvaie, P. R. King, Rock Type Connectivity Estimation Using Percolation Theory, Mathematical Geosciences, 45:321–340, 2013.

55.  S Gholinezhad, M Masihi, A Physical-based Model on Permeability/Porosity Relationship for Southern Iranian Carbonate Reservoirs Rock Data, Accepted for publication in Iranian Journal of Oil & Gas: Science and Technology, 2013

56.   H. Darabi and M Masihi, Well Placement Optimization Using Hybrid Optimization Technique Combined with Fuzzy Inference System, Petroleum Science and Technology, 31: 481-491, 2013.

57.  Parvazdavani M, M. Masihi, Saeid Abasi, Abas Shahrabadi, Ezatollah Kazemzadeh, Determination of relative permeability functions from oil-gas displacement under near miscibility conditions, Petroleum Research (in Persian), 2013.

58.  Saman Jahanbakhshi, Mohammad Hossein Ghazanfari, and Mohsen Masihi, Non-Equilibrium Model of Gravity Drainage in a Single Block, Accepted for publication in Journal of Porous Media 11-JPM-2242, 2013

59.  Hadi Jabari, Ahmad Ramazani S.A, Mohsen Masihi, Experimental Study on Polymer-Surfactant Effects on Enhance Oil Recovery from Dead-End, Journal of American Science, 8(3), 34-39, 2012.