Liquid-Rich Shales topic of Garland Lecture April 13

Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, room 132 - 04/10/18 - 04/13/18

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


The 38th Annual Garland Lecture will take place at Texas A&M University-Kingsville with Dr. Michael A. Reynolds, principal production chemist for Shell in Houston, giving the lecture. The event will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in room 132 of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy.

Reynolds’ presentation is entitled A Chemist’s Role in the Production of Liquid-Rich Shales and Unconventional Gas. His presentation will provide examples of what a chemist does in support of the oilfield, the types of chemicals used in fracturing treatments, the purpose for each chemical and the steps involved in making the selections including analytical techniques. He will use case studies from the field to demonstrate the chemical selection process.

The goal of Reynolds’ presentation is to inform students and faculty on the process of hydraulic fracturing and present examples of how engineers and chemists tackle the daily challenges in the field. 

About Dr. Michael A. Reynolds

In his position with Shell, Reynolds provides expertise for chemistry-related to hydraulic fracturing, water recycle and production technology for the Upstream Americas business. He also has responsibility for implementing and deploying new research and development technologies in the oilfield. During his 14 years at Shell, Reynolds has led projects across upstream and downstream businesses including heavy oil upgrading catalysis, surfactant development for enhanced oil recovery and strategic projects in alternative energy.

Reynolds received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and his doctorate from Iowa State University. Prior to joining Shell, he was a post-doctoral associate at University of Illinois.

He has held elected offices in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Division of Energy and Fuels, the Southwest Catalysis Society, and the North American Catalysis Society. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board for ACS Energy and Fuels and has organized or presented at numerous symposia at national meetings.

Reynolds has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 40 patents in catalysis research and methods for oil and gas production. He also is an adjunct professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice University.                      

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