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Congrates Zahra Azimi for her first publication in PermLab team. Zahra investigated cross-linked polymer gels as a temporary plugging agent to control the leakage of fluid during drilling, completion, and workover operations. In this study, various concentrations and size of silica nanoparticles are introduced into the sulfonated polyacrylamide (SPAM)/chromium (III) acetate system to produce a nanocomposite with enhanced mechanical properties. First, the rheological behavior of gelant and viscoelastic properties of synthesized nanocomposites are investigated. Then, the surface chemistry and morphology of the synthesized gels is evaluated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), respectively. Finally, the maximum sealing differential pressure for gels for temporary plugging of a wellbore is measured by applying differential pressure across the nanocomposite gel in a designed set-up. The results showed that the precrosslinking reaction and the gelant viscosity are directly related to the size and concentration of the silica nanoparticles as well as the wellbore temperature. Moreover, it is demonstrated that nanocomposites containing 20-30 nm sized particles have a higher mechanical strength and plugging capability in comparison to composites containing silica particles with sizes of 7-10 nm and 60-70 nm.