Mateen Hafiz

Affiliate Scientist

Phone: +919469230201

Source Rock Characterization (Visual Kerogen Analysis, Rock Eval®, SRA)

Mineralogy and Unconventional Reservoir Characterization (XRD, QEMSCAN® and SEM)

Paleoclimatology and Paleoenvironments

Regional & Basin Experience

Geological controls on the shale resource plays of India with expertise in Cambay, Damodar and Himalayan Foreland basins

Ph.D., Department of Geology, University of Jammu, India (2015)

B.S. and M.S. in Geology, University of Jammu, India (2009)

Language Skills

Kashmiri (Native)


American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP)
Indian Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)

Convened a special panel session on “Shale Resources Exploration in India: Promises and Challenges in the Next Decade” at the AAPG-SEG – International Conference and Exhibition (ICE), at ExCeL, London, 18 October 2017.

Organized  “One Day International Shale Oil & Gas Workshop”, in association with “icgenias2015”, Tamil Nadu, India.

Recipient of EGI fellowship, 2012-2013

Hafiz, M., N. Hakhoo, G.M. Bhat, B. Thusu, J. Craig, S. Kanungo and W. Ahmed, 2019. Source Potential and Reservoir Fabric of the Cambay Shale, Cambay Basin: A Potential Tight Gas/Tight Oil Resource for India, AAPG Bulletin (Accepted manuscript).

Naveen Hakhoo, Ghulam M. Bhat, Sundeep Pandita, Gulzar Hussain, Ashan Ul Haq, Mateen Hafiz, Waquar Ahmed, Yudhbir Singh and Bindra Thusu. (2019). Natural Hazards their drivers, mechanisms and impacts in the Shyok-Nubra Valley, NW Himalaya, India. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (IJDRR), Vol. 35. DOI:

J. Craig, N. Hakhoo*, G.M. Bhat, M. Hafiz, M.R. Khan, R. Misra, S.K. Pandita, B.K. Raina, J. Thurow, B. Thusu, W. Ahmed, S. Khullar. (2018). Petroleum systems and hydrocarbon potential of the North-West Himalaya of India and Pakistan. Earth-Science Reviews, Vol. 187, pp. 109-185. DOI:10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.09.012.

Waquar Ahmed, G. M. Bhat, J. McLennan, H. N. Sinha, S. Kanungo, S. K. Pandita, Y. Singh, N. Hakhoo, M. Hafiz, B. Thusu, N. H. Choudhary. (2018). Kerogen typing using palynofacies analysis in Permian Barren Measures Formation in Raniganj sub–basin, East India. The Palaeobotanist, Vol. 67, pp. 113-122.

N. Hakhoo, B. Thusu, D. Mani, G. M. Bhat, J. Craig, J. Thurow, M. Hafiz, S. Kanungo, S. Koul and W. Ahmed, 2016. Hydrocarbon Source Potential of the Proterozoic Sirban Limestone Formation, NW Himalaya, Jammu (India). Journal of the Geological Society of India, Vol. 88, pp. 685-692. DOI: 10.1007/s12594-016-0535-1

N. Hakhoo, B. Thusu, G. M. Bhat, J. Craig, J. Thurow and M. Hafiz, 2016. Rhenium (Re) – Osmium (Os) Geochronology of the Proterozoic Sirban Limestone Formation, NW Himalaya, Jammu (India). Journal of the Geological Society of India, Vol. 88, pp. 267-272. DOI: 10.1007/s12594-016-0489-3

D. Mani, D. J. Patil, A. M. Dayal, S. Kavitha and M. Hafiz, N. Hakhoo and G. M. Bhat, 2014. Gas Potential of Proterozoic and Phanerozoic Shales from the NW Himalaya, India: Inferences from Pyrolysis. International Journal of Coal Geology, Vol. 128-129, pp. 81-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2014.04.007

J. Craig, A. Absar, G. Bhat, G. Cadel, M. Hafiz, N. Hakhoo, R. Kashkari, J. Moore, T. E. Ricchiuto, J. Thurow, B. Thusu, 2013: Hot springs and the Geothermal Energy Potential of Jammu & Kashmir State, N.W. Himalaya, India. Earth-Science Reviews, Vol. 126, pp. 156–177. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.05.004

G. M. Bhat, J. Craig, M. Hafiz, N. Hakhoo, J. W. Thurow, B. Thusu and A. Cozzi, 2012: Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of Neoproterozoic – Cambrian Basins in Asia: an introduction. Geological Society London, Special Publication, Vol. 366, pp. 1-17. DOI: 10.1144/SP366.15

Hafiz, M., S. Kanungo, N. Hakhoo, and M. Pathak (eds.), 2017, International Workshop Proceedings – Indian Shale Oil and Gas Exploration, January 2016: Salt Lake City, Utah, Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI), University of Utah.