Nobuo Maeda, Ph. D., P. Eng.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 492-6524
6-245 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Petroleum Engineering



  • PhD Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, 2001
  • MSc Materials Science, JAIST, 1997
  • BEng Applied Physics, Tohoku University, 1992

Honours and Awards

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010)
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering
  • American Society for Engineering Education


Research Interests

  • Phase transitions
  • Nucleation
  • Gas hydrates
  • Ice
  • Flow assurance
  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Colloids
  • Wetting, adsorption, adhesion

Current research projects

Nucleation of ice and gas hydrates: Clathrate hydrates (gas hydrates) are ice-like crystalline solids in which small “guest” molecules are incorporated inside the hydrogen-bonded network of water. Gas hydrates are very similar to ice in some ways – one of the 18 known phases of ice has in fact been made by degassing the guest out of a gas hydrate. We have been systematically investigating the nucleation of ice and of gas hydrates. 

Nucleation of wax:


  • PETE 275
  • PETE 484
  • PETE 694


PET E 275 - Petroleum Reservoir Fluids

Qualitative and quantitative phase behavior of petroleum reservoir fluids through the algebraic and numerical application of thermodynamic theory, equations of state, and empirical correlations. Determination of engineering PVT parameters. Oilfield waters. Introduction to mass transfer. Prerequisite: CHEM 105.

PET E 484 - Oil and Gas Property Evaluation

Principles of property evaluation as a function of resource type, economics, technology, risk, and policies. Investment decision making tools. Cost information for petroleum exploration, drilling, production and development. Case studies on conventional and unconventional resources. Canadian and international oil and gas regulations. International and regional factors impacting oil and gas prices. Corequisite: ENG M 310 or 401 or equivalent.

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