• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Christopher M. Smith

Advanced Hydrocarbon Stratigraphy

Senior Chemist

Christopher Smith has been a Senior Chemist with Advanced Hydrocarbon Stratigraphy (AHS) since January 2019 and is based in Midland TX working on data analysis, instrumentation, client engagements, and business development. Since 2020 a significant portion of Christopher’s work has been geared toward expanding the uses of AHS’s unique patented technologies into non-traditional fields for AHS beyond oil and gas – these include successful engagements and projects with academia, government, and operators on subsurface studies in fields important to the energy transition such as carbon capture and sequestration, inert gas helium exploration, and geothermal power. Additionally, he has pushed AHS to be involved in scientific studies on permafrost in the Artic and the paleo environment before, during, and after the Chicxulub impact. Prior to working for AHS, he received his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Arizona with focuses on instrumentation, data analysis programing, spectroscopy, electrophysiology, surfactants, and surface modification chemistries. He also completed a MA in history in 2012 at the University of Tulsa as a Henneke Research Fellow which included studies at Cambridge University and field work in the Caribbean. He completed his undergraduate work cum laude in 2011 with degrees in chemistry, history, and biochemistry also from the University of Tulsa.

Sessions With Christopher M. Smith

Tuesday, 7 March

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 05:30 pm - 07/mar/2023 06:15 pm

    Advanced Hydrocarbon Stratigraphy | Scaling Viable, Safe CCS Activities by Derisking Projects and Capital

    Advancing opportunities for safe sequestration of injected CO2 is critical for rapid scaling of CCS to meet the nation’s decarbonization goals. Advanced Hydrocarbon Stratigraphy’s Rock Volatiles Stratigraphy (RVS) is now used to help verify viable sites as well as identify those that have a subsurface history of CO2 migration or leakage, and/or other features that can pose a risk to storage of injected CO2 for 1% or less of the cost previously associated in evaluating a site for a Class VI well. Using RVS prior to committing to a site avoids costly, unnecessary drilling, saves time and derisks the millions of dollars involved in a full site assessment.