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NameQian Zhang


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Ph.D. 10/2016 - 10/2020: Applied Geosciences, RWTH Aachen University, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Ralf Littke)

M. Sc 09/2013 - 06/2016: Mineral Resource Prospecting and Exploration (oil and gas), China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China (Supervisor: Prof. Wenhui Huang)

B. Sc 09/2009 - 06/2013: Petroleum Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China

Professional Experience

3/2020 - present: Postdoc. Peking University, China (Supervisor: Prof. Zhijun Jin)

Research Interests

Source rock characterization

Deposition of organic-rich shales

Thermal maturity of organic matter

Transport and storage of unconventional hydrocarbons

Fractionation during primary migration

Geological carbon dioxide sequestration

Geothermal utilization

Nuclear waste disposal

Research Skills

Petrophysics (porosity, permeability, pore structure, sorption)

Geochemistry (Rock-Eval pyrolysis, GC-FID/MS)

Petrography (maceral groups, vitrinite reflectance)

Rock mechanics (creep behaviors, elastic modulus, rock strength)

Professional Contributions

Co-supervising master and doctoral students

Leading practical course

Reviewers for International Journal of Coal Geology, Fuel, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Geoscience Frontiers, Natural Gas Industry.

Selected Publications

Zhang, Q., Fink, R., Krooss, B., Jalali, M., Littke, R. (2021). Reduction of shale permeability by temperature-induced creep. SPE Journal, 26(02), 750-764.

Zhang, Q., Fink, R., Grohmann, S., Baniasad, A., Littke, R. (2021). Molecular differences in sequential extracts obtained by core flooding of the early mature ultra-tight Posidonia Shale. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 123, 104706.

Zhang, Q., Grohmann, S., Xu, X., Littke, R. (2020). Depositional environment and thermal maturity of the coal-bearing Longtan Shale in southwest Guizhou, China: Implications for shale gas resource potential. International Journal of Coal Geology, 103607.

Zhang, Q., Littke, R., Zieger, L., Shabani, M., Tang, X., Zhang, J. (2019). Ediacaran, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Permian shales of the Upper Yangtze Platform, South China: Deposition, thermal maturity and shale gas potential. International Journal of Coal Geology, 103281.

Zhang, Q., Huang, W., Hu, Z., Zhou, H., Lu, X., Lin, K., Xia, X. (2017). Study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing at different dip angles for the development of coalbed methane: a case study in the southeast part of Qinshui Basin, China. International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology 14(1-2), 186-200.

Hu, Z., Gaus, G., Seemann, T., Zhang, Q., Littke, R., Fink, R., 2021. Pore structure and sorption capacity investigations of ediacaran and lower silurian gas shales from the upper yangtze platform, china. Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources, 7(3).