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Nicolas Passade-Boupat


Nicolas Passade-Boupat - Exploration Production - Total

Nicolas Passade-Boupat - Chemical EOR Specialist & Head of Physical Chemistry and Analysis

Nicolas has a doctorate in engineering. Having earned his diploma from the École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris), he completed his thesis in polymer physical chemistry at ESPCI Paris and Paris VI.

In 2001, he joined Total to oversee a rheology laboratory and to work on developing block copolymers, which are polymer ‘surfactants’, at Atofina and later at Arkema.

In 2007, he returned to Total to manage physical chemistry studies of crudes and their interactions with petroleum additives. I

n 2011, he became the head of the Physical Chemistry & Analysis department at Total's Research Center in Lacq (PERL), which strives to understand how microscopic interactions between naturally surfactant types of crudes (asphaltenes, naphthenic acids, bases), petroleum additives (de-emulsifying, surfactant, polymer, anti-corrosion, etc.), water, and rocks will translate at the macroscopic level (recovery factor, separator size, efficiency losses for the treatments, etc.).

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The Physical Chemistry & Analysis department where Nicolas works has participated in:

  • Offshore polymer injection EOR pilot projects in Dalia
  • Polymer transport pilot projects in RMOTC Wyoming as part of the preparation for the Uganda project
  • Pilot projects for injecting surfactants and polymers into hot and saline carbonates in the ABK field
  • Pilot project for treating viscous water with OMV in the Matzen field

In addition to EOR projects, he is also involved in the Flow Assurance and Well projects.



  • Co-director of the joint Total-ESPCI-CNRS-UPMC (PIC) Laboratory, member of the Laboratory for Complex Fluids and their Reservoirs (LFCR), a joint Total-UPPA research unit, chairman of the Board for the NTNU Ugelstad Laboratory (Norway).



  • He has written fifteen patents and sixty articles/papers for peer-reviewed journals and scholarly institutions such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).


Chemical EOR: an Ever-Growing Field of Application