Nagu Daraboina - Faculty & Adjuncts

Nagu Daraboina, PhD

Nagu Daraboina, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemical Engineering
918-631-4135 Website Keplinger Hall Room 3425


PhD – University of British Columbia MS – Indian Institute of Science MBA – University of Tulsa


Nagu Daraboina is an assistant professor at the Russell School of Chemical Engineering and associate director of Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects (TUPDP). He also leads several projects in Tulsa University Center of Research Excellence (TUCoRE).
Dr. Daraboina holds M.E. (2008) degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc, India), and a Ph.D. (2012) degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from University of British Columbia (UBC, Canada). During doctoral degree (2010) Nagu worked as a Visiting Scholar in National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (NRC, Canada) and gained valuable experience in molecular level techniques (Raman, NMR, DSC, XRD etc). From 2012 to 2014, Nagu worked as postdoctoral research fellow in Centre for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE) at Denmark Technical University (DTU, Denmark) and acquired skills in experimental and computational petroleum thermodynamics. His main research interest is in the areas of flow assurance, carbon dioxide capture & storage, petroleum thermodynamics, and polymer degradation. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 publications in these areas.

Research Interests

Flow Assurance
Hydrocarbon Thermodynamics
Energy and Environment

Teaching Interests

Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics


Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

  • Agarwal, J. et al. “Effect of Hydrodynamic Parameters on the Wax Mass Density: Scale up from Laboratory Flow Loop to Crude Production Pipelines.” Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference. Vol. 1. 2017. 664–674. Print.

  • Dubey, Anshul, Yuandao Chi, and Nagu Daraboina. “Investigating the Performance of Paraffin Inhibitors under Different Operating Conditions.” Proceedings – SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. 2017. Print.

  • Daraboina , N., A. Soedarmo, and C. Sarica. “Microscopic Study of Wax Inhibition Mechanism”. Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference, Vol. 2, 2016, pp. 1240-9.
  • Zhong , D., N. Daraboina, and P. Englezos. “Coal Mine Methane Gas Recovery by Hydrate Formation in a Fixed Bed of Silica Sand Particles”. Energy and Fuels, Vol. 27, 2013, pp. 4581-8.

Book Chapters

Courses Taught

  • Research and Dissertation
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Chemical Engineering Lab II
  • Independent Study
  • Equilibrium Thermodynamics
  • Research and Thesis
  • Heat Transfer
  • Master's Project
  • Heat and Mass Transfer

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Petroleum Enginers
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Awards & Honors

  • Thought leader in Energy Research
  • I&EC Research’s 2021 Class of Influential Researchers
  • Most Cited Article 2017-2020
  • Jack Davis Scholarship in Energy Studies
  • Kumar-Gandhi prize for best oral presentation
  • Gold Medal
  • Most cited articles 2011-2015
  • Best Reserach Poster Award
  • Nominated for Young Researcher Award.
  • Energy: Outstanding reviewer Award
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award; Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • Fuel : Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award