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Dr. Arash Abarghani is a Research Scientist at the EERC, where he conducts laboratory analyses and interprets laboratory data to support research activities related to improved production of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery in unconventional and conventional formations, and subsurface storage of CO2 and/or rich gas. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of North Dakota; an M.Sc. degree in Sedimentary Geology from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, Iran; and a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Tabriz, Iran. Prior to his position at the EERC, Arash served as a Subsurface Geologist for the Exploration Directorate of the National Iranian Oil Company for 14 years.

Arash’s principal area of interest and expertise is the characterization of unconventional source rocks using organic petrology, geochemistry, and other advanced methods, including atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based nano IR spectroscopy (AFM–IR) and high-resolution AFM. He serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Coal Geology and the journal Fuel. 

“I am passionate about scientific research, and that’s what it’s all about at the EERC. I’m excited to work with other researchers here and be able to contribute to the projects taking place here,” Arash said. “I spent the last 7 months of my Ph.D. coursework at the EERC as a research assistant and found that the EERC was somewhere I was doing work I can really be proud of!” 

Arash is from Iran and is a permanent resident of the United States. He and his wife, Rozita, have an 8-year-old son, Ariya. In his free time, Arash enjoys music and plays the Tar, a traditional Iranian instrument. He also enjoys spending time in nature and nature photography, playing chess, and traveling. His family also likes to travel, and they are always looking for opportunities to visit national parks and historical and cultural places.