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Kun Guo - My very first impression of Norway!

Looking back to what I have experienced since I moved here in April, I think I have made a brave choice to study in Norway. It is never easy to study abroad, and it is even harder when I decided to jump from one research field to another, that I do not have much expertise in. Fortunately, the story so far is turning out quite nice. What I need to do is to be persistent and have some patience to keep it going.

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    One of the many perks of studying in Norway: The amazing nature.
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    A picture from the lab
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    SEM image of uniform silica spheres

First, I would like to take the chance to express my thanks to the National IOR Centre of Norway for giving me the opportunity to study petroleum engineering in the esteemed University of Stavanger. Frankly speaking, I do not know much about our Centre until the IOR NORWAY 2015 Conference. Back then, I did not even know the scientific difference between IOR and EOR. I started out with a little frustration, both in research work and daily life, and I realized I have a lot of work to do. However, it is so good that the people of The IOR Centre are always there to support and help us.

Without much time to handle the cultural shock, I am assigned the first task to equip the laboratory. I have to invest most of the time and energy to identify what I need, where to buy and how to operate for future experiments. After several months of work, the lab is now well equipped and experiments are up and running. Additionally, some results are already achieved, like the uniform silica spheres shown in the SEM image. It is beautiful! Meanwhile, I have finished two review papers to enrich the knowledge of my research field, with one published and the other to be submitted. In terms of a rather regulated country here, my big trouble is that I need time to get used to those rules. As I am concerned, the point for the existence of regulations is just to break it (JOKE!). Herein, I really appreciate the help from Inger Johanne, at IPT. She is really NICE!

For a PhD student, research is strongly preferred rather than blah blah, so I am gonna talk about my research work. In my PhD project, the main objective is realize the in-situ upgrading and recovery of heavy oil simultaneously. Chemical methods, specifically, the introduction of nanomaterials as catalysts, will be utilized to develop more sustainable and eco-friendly EOR methods. Having a good background of catalysis and chemistry but not petroleum, I wish myself the best of luck for researching this interesting topic for the next three years.

Again, special thanks go to The National IOR Centre of Norway, and I am looking forward to the coming team-building activity and even more in the future.

To be continued.

Kun Guo

2015-09-16