Affiliate Scientist




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Study of effect of presence of kerogen and confinement on PVT properties of liquids in shales

Thermodynamic modeling of fractionation of oil through kerogen- absorbed v/s free oil

Enhanced recovery through CO2 sequestration in shales

Reservoir characterization and simulations

Basin and petroleum systems modeling

Big data and predictive modeling using data analytics

Regional & Basin Expertise

  • Major US shale play basins
  • Onshore Netherlands and North Sea
  • Onshore and offshore Myanmar
  • Indian Shale play basins

Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering (2017), University of Utah

B.S. and M.S. in Applied Geology (2013), Indian School of Mines, INDIA

Language Skills

  • English
  • Hindi


  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Recipient of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) STAR fellowship, Rocky Mountain Region, USA

President, Air and Waste Management Association: student chapter at the University of Utah (2014-2015)

Vice President, Society of Petroleum Engineers: student chapter at the University of Utah (2014-2015)

Chaired the technical session in 76th EAGE Annual conference, Amsterdam, 16-19 June, 2014

Reviewer of extended abstracts submitted for presentation in 76th EAGE Annual conference, Amsterdam, 2014

Recipient of EGI fellowship and INSPIRE scholarship for academic excellence, a prestigious scholarship of Govt. of India

Pathak M., Deo M., Application of Nanofluidics in Understanding Fluid Flow in Tight Rocks. Accepted in AIChE Annual Conference, 2016

Pathak M., Kweon H., Deo M., Changes in Bubble Point of Hydrocarbons in Shales: Effect of Confinement and Presence of Kerogen. Accepted in AIChE Annual Conference, 2016.

Pathak M., Panja P., Huang H., Deo M.D., Enhanced Recovery in Shales: Molecular investigation of CO2 energized fluid for re-fracturing shale formation in URTeC 2016

Panja P., Pathak M., Guachalla R.V., Deo M.D., Least Square Support Vector Machine: An Emerging Tool for Data Analysis in SPE Low Permeability Symposium, 2016

Pathak M., Deo M., Levey R and Craig J., Overpressure in Shales: Implications for the Sweet Spots in Eagle Ford Play. International Conference on Geosciences and Environment & 32nd Annual Convention of Indian Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)-2015 during 7-10, January, 2016, Annamalai University, India

Basu S., and Pathak M., Applications of the Inorganic Geochemistry for Preliminary Resources Evaluation of the Shale Formations. International Conference on Geosciences and Environment & 32nd Annual Convention of Indian Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)-2015 during 7-10, January, 2016, Annamalai University, India

Pathak, M., Pawar, G., Huang, H., & Deo, M. D. Carbon Dioxide Sequestration and Hydrocarbons Recovery in the Gas Rich Shales: An Insight from the Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Carbon Management Technology Conference. (2015, November 17), Woodlands TX. doi:10.7122/439481-MS

Pathak, M., Deo, M. D., Panja, P., & Levey, R. A., The Effect of Kerogen-Hydrocarbons Interaction on the PVT Properties in Liquid Rich Shale Plays. Society of Petroleum Engineers Unconventional Resources Conference, Calgary, Canada (2015, October 20), doi:10.2118/175905-MS

Pathak M., Deo M., Levey R., Examination of the Generation of Overpressure in Eagle Ford. 65th Annual Convention Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, September 20-22, 2015, Houston, USA

Pathak M., Deo M., Craig J., Levey R., Geologic Controls on Production of Shale Play Resources: Case of Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara published in Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, August 2014

Pathak M., Craig J., Thusu B., Tectonics and Petroleum Prospects in South East Asia: A Tertiary Play Model in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Manipur (India) in 2014 annual conference of European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)

Pathak Manas, Petroleum Prospectivity in Manipur and its Comparison with that in Regions along Same Subduction Zone – Myanmar & Assam, AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90181, 2013 AAPG/SEG Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, September 27-30, 2013

Pathak et al., Petroleum Prospectivity along the Himalaya Suture Zone in Manipur, India in National Conference on Sedimentation and Tectonics with Special Reference to Energy Resources of North-East India and 30th Convention of Indian Association of Sedimentologists, November 28-30, 2013

Pathak M. and Sharma S., Myanmar’s Potential for Oil and Gas – The Next Giant? in 75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013 held in London from 10-13 June, 2013 (rewarded as one of the best paper)

Spencer Joel Q.G., Oviatt Charles, Pathak Manas, Fan Yuxin and Legget Andrea, Testing and refining the timing of hydrologic evolution during the latest Pleistocene regressive phase of Lake Bonneville in Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis , USA (9–12 Oct 2011) Vol. 43, No. 5, pg 275 and Quaternary International journal, 03/2015; pg 362

Pathak M. and Singh A., The basic workflow followed in an Oil Industry to explore Hydrocarbons in, presented in annual conference of Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG) 2012, Hyderabad

Pathak Manas, Kumar Nitish, Asthana Deepanker, The ~2.5 Ga. Malanjkhand Batholiths are primarily Cordilleran-type granitoids in International Symposium on Precambrian Accretionary Orogens, India (2-11 Feb, 2011), proceedings pg 70-72