Congrats to Drs. Salehi, Teodoriu and Ahmed! Their research was featured in the front page of the business section of the Oklahoman! The member are working with shape memory polymers that have smart lost circulation materials. The polymers expand into rock fractures near the bore of a well that is being drilled to tap that energy.
Salehi stated the polymers are programmed to undergo chemical reactions to boost effectiveness by expanding when exposed to high temperatures. “They are programmed to only react when temperatures reach a certain level,” he said.