Skip to content
Curtin University
Apply now. Find out how
Apply now. Find out how

Curtin University

MPhil Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering

Applications for MPhil are invited from interested and qualified candidates:

The student will conduct research on formulation of water based drilling fluid with improved rheology and filtration properties.

Research Topic:Improving rheology and filtration of water based drilling fluid by application of methyl ester surfactant and polystyrene nanoparticle.

Duration of Studentship: 2 years

Henry Elochukwu, Dr. Raoof Gholami, AP Dr. Sharul Bin Dol

Nature of support available:
Complete tuition fee waiver; stipend (MPhil): RM1,500 per month.

The research is related to nanoparticle application for drilling fluid design. The convention has been to use polymers for fluid loss control but polymers are unable to seal the micro to nanopores of permeable reservoir formation. Again, polymers are temperature sensitive and are subject to mechanical degradation. thus, there is need to design a new type of drilling fluid that can improve fluid loss and withstand HPHT conditions. To achieve this, nanoparticle is a good candidate to be integrated in the drilling fluid design. The nanoparticle of interest here is polystyrene nanoparticles derived from waste polystyrene materials.


  1. Bachelor's in Petroleum Engineering with CGPA 3.0 and above.
  2. Good communication skills.
  3. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  4. Proactive and able to carry out research independently.
  5. Strong reporting and documentation skills.
  6. Hardworking, independent and self-motivated.
  7. Malaysian nationality.

Those interested to apply please kindly send a copy of your CV and cover letter to Henry Elochukwu via email: