Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Malcolm Greaves

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Emeritus Professor Malcolm Greaves

BTech, PhD, CEng, FIChemE, SPE


Professor Malcolm Greaves studied for a BTech degree in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University and subsequently for a PhD, after working for ICI Mond Division and Shell Refining Company Limited.

He spent five years as Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and then joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Bath as a lecturer, becoming Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor.

He was Chairman of the South Western Branch and Member of Council of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

He was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2004.


Research Areas:

  • Improved Oil Recovery/Enhanced Oil Recovery processes
  • Heavy Oil Upgrading
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Horizontal Wells
  • Downhole Gasification
  • Light Oil Air Injection

Malcolm's main research interests are in advanced processes for in situ recovery and upgrading of heavy oil and bitumen. These crude oils are very difficult to produce because of their high viscosity.

He has researched new air injection methods using horizontal well technology that have led to the development of two new processes: THAI or Toe-to-Heel Air Injection and CAPRI an ‘add-on’ catalytic upgrading process. Both processes have been piloted in the Athabasca Oil Sands region of Canada, the largest single source of crude oil in the world. THAI is now operating commercially at Kerrobert in Saskatchewan, Canada. Work on catalytic upgrading of heavy oils currently involves colleagues at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester.

Reservoir simulation is a key tool for investigating detailed behaviour of reservoir production processes, including in situ combustion kinetics. We use Computer Modelling Group’s STARS reservoir software, which provides advanced features such as dynamic gridding and parallel processing.

In addition to heavy oil reservoir research, IOR studies are also investigating light oil applications, where air injection can be used as an injectant gas for medium and high pressure reservoirs, in the North Sea and other parts of the world. We also carryout experimental studies on downhole gasification (DHG) in light oil reservoirs for the purpose of generating in situ gas for improved oil recovery and hydrogen production/storage – generating a large scale source of hydrogen for the future ‘Hydrogen Economy’.


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