Unlocking the Physics and Chemistry of Bitumen, Water, Solvent, and Porous Media Interfaces- an Enabling Technology for New Production Process Development

The oil sands industry currently faces significant challenges. Its social license is in question at a time when environmental regulation is tightening, all coupled with depressed oil prices and high capital costs for new projects. In the near term at least, oil sands-related activity will likely not focus heavily on development of new large-scale surface-facility capital projects. Instead, the focus will and should be on developing and applying new technology to improve the effectiveness of ongoing sub surface operations. Improvements to ultimate recoveries from reservoirs, improvement in energy efficiency (i.e. reduced steam-oil-ratio) in heterogeneous reservoirs, and the ability to access the parts of current producing fields that have production challenges such as top gas and bottom water. New insights into these problems will allow for extension and improvement of existing thermal operations, provide access to top gas/bottom water zones that are currently second tier resources, and promote the development of next generation production technologies with significantly lower environmental impacts. One leading suggestion to achieve these goals is the use of solvents combined with alternative technologies for steam generation.

Extensional Rheological Role on the Viscoelastic Polymer Flooding: Unanswered Questions, Myth or Reality?

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Conference/Workshop

Interactions of Emulsion Drops and Gas Bubbles in Complex Fluids: Hydrophobic Interaction in Water and Hydrophilic Interaction in Oil

Hongbo Zeng

Conference/Workshop

Investigating the Viscoelastic Polymer’s Rheological Influences on the Sweep Efficiency and Injectivity During Heavy Oil Recovery Applications

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Conference/Workshop

CSC Doctoral Scholarship

Haisheng Yu

Award

CSC Doctoral Scholarship

Award

Engineering Research Award, University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng

Award

FGSR Great Supervisor Award

Juliana Leung

Award

FGSR Great Supervisor Award

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Faculty of Engineering Graduate Teaching Award

Juliana Leung

Award

Faculty of Engineering Mid-Career Research Award

Juliana Leung

Award

Hatch Innovation Award, Chemical Institute of Canada

Hongbo Zeng

Award

International Award for Outstanding Young Chemical Engineer

Hongbo Zeng

Award

NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Hongbo Zeng

Award

U of A Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship

Haisheng Yu

Award

A geomechanically-constrained dynamic fractal wormhole growth model for simulating cold heavy oil production with sand simulation

Juliana Leung, Haisheng Yu

Conference Proceedings

A sand arch constrained dynamic fractal wormhole growth model for simulating cold heavy oil production with sand simulation

Juliana Leung, Haisheng Yu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Analysis of non-equilibrium foamy oil flow in cyclic solvent injection processes

Apostolos Kantzas, Juliana Leung, Tong Chen

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Buckling Effect of Sole Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8 Nanoparticles Adsorbed at the Water/Oil Interface

Hongbo Zeng, Xiaohui Mao

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Design Of steam alternating solvent process operational parameters considering shale heterogeneity

Juliana Leung, Zhiwei Ma

Conference Proceedings

Design of warm solvent injection processes for heterogeneous heavy oil reservoirs: a hybrid workflow of multi-objective optimization and proxy models

Juliana Leung, Zhiwei Ma

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Does Polymer& rsquo$\mathsemicolon$s Viscoelasticity Influence Heavy-Oil Sweep Efficiency and Injectivity at 1 ft/D?

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Does Polymer's Viscoelasticity Influence Heavy Oil Sweep Efficiency and Injectivity at 1ft/day?

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Conference Proceedings

Evaluating the Performance of CO2 Foam and CO2 Polymer Enhanced Foam for Heavy Oil Recovery: Laboratory Experiments in Unconsolidated and Consolidated Porous Media

Japan Trivedi

Conference Proceedings

Evaluation of Polymer-Assisted Carbonated Water Injection in Sandstone Reservoir: Absorption Kinetics, Rheology, and Oil Recovery Results

Japan Trivedi, Tushar Sharma

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Extensional Rheological Data from Ex-situ Measurements for Predicting Porous Media Behaviour of the Viscoelastic EOR Polymers

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Hydrophobic Interactions in Water and Hydrophilic Interaction in Oil of Polymers, Emulsions and Bubbles

Hongbo Zeng

Invited/Keynote

Hydrophobic/Hydrophilic Interactions and Surface Wettability

Hongbo Zeng

Invited/Keynote

Intermolecular and Surface Forces at Solid/Oil/Water/Gas Interfaces in Petroleum Production

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie, Xinwei Cui

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Intermolecular and Surface Interactions at Solid/Oil/Water/Gas Interfaces in Oil Production

Hongbo Zeng

Invited/Keynote

One-Step Nanoextraction and Ultrafast Microanalysis Based on Nanodroplet Formation in an Evaporating Ternary Liquid Microfilm

John Shaw, Xuehua Zhang, Zixiang Wei

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Probing the Interaction Mechanism between Oil Droplets with Asphaltenes and Solid Surfaces Using AFM

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Quantification of the viscoelastic effects during polymer flooding: a critical review

Japan Trivedi, Madhar Azad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Recent Advances in Hydrophobic Interactions and Surface Wettability

Hongbo Zeng

Invited/Keynote

Recent Advances in the Quantification and Modulation of Hydrophobic Interactions for Interfacial Applications

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Role of Molecular Architecture in the Modulation of Hydrophobic Interactions

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie, Hao Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Single-Step Silica Nanofluid for Improved Carbon Dioxide Flow and Reduced Formation Damage in Porous Media for Carbon Utilization

Japan Trivedi, Tushar Sharma

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Static and Dynamic Performance ofWet Foam and Polymer-Enhanced Foam in the Presence of Heavy Oil

Japan Trivedi

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Surface Interactions between Water-in-Oil Emulsions with Asphaltenes and Electroless Nickel–Phosphorus Coating

Jingli Luo, Hongbo Zeng

Scholarly Refereed Journal