Asphaltene Behaviors and Models

One of the challenges for a feasible NAE process is that the final extracted bitumen product is free of water and mineral/clay solids so that it can be used as refinery feed.


This project is a systematic investigation of various asphaltene behaviors and models by combining quantitative intermolecular and surface force measurements and molecular dynamics simulations in NAE processes (e.g., nonaqueous extraction, solvent recovery and product cleaning) and in partially upgraded bitumen.

Adsorption of Violanthrone-79-Based Model Asphaltenes on Quartz Surfaces Studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Tu Lan

Conference/Workshop

Asphaltene Behaviors and Models

Qi Liu, Tian Tang, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng

Conference/Workshop

Interaction Mechanisms of Water-in-Oil and Oil-in-Water Emulsions in Oil Production

Hongbo Zeng

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

Novel Core-Shell Microsphere with Superhydrophilic Polyelectrolytes for Breaking Asphaltenes Stabilized Water-In-Oil Emulsions and the Surface Interaction Mechanism

Hongbo Zeng, Xiaohui Mao, Lei Xie

Conference/Workshop

Probing the Effect of Salt on Asphaltene Aggregation in Aqueous Solutions Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Xiaoyu Sun

Conference/Workshop

Probing the Surface Forces in Bitumen Extraction using a Bubble Probe AFM

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Conference/Workshop

Stabilization Mechanism and Interaction Forces of Emulsions with Asphaltenes

Hongbo Zeng

Conference/Workshop

Understanding the Complex Interfacial Behaviors and Molecular Interaction Mechanisms of Asphaltenes at the Oil/Water/Solid Interfaces

Qi Liu, Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie, Tu Lan, Xiaoyu Sun

Conference/Workshop

Understanding the Interactions and Stability of Emulsions in the presence of Asphaltenes

Hongbo Zeng

Conference/Workshop

Understanding the Interfacial Behaviors and Molecular Interaction Mechanisms of Asphaltenes Using Experimental and Theoretical Methods

Qi Liu, Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu, Lei Xie, Tu Lan, Xiaoyu Sun

Conference/Workshop

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Intermolecular Forces and Interfacial Science

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Engineering Research Award, University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng

Award

FGSR Great Supervisor Award

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

Hongbo Zeng

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

A Molecular Dynamics Study of the Effect of Asphaltenes on Toluene/Water Interfacial Tension: Surfactant or Solute?

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Adsorption kinetics of asphaltenes at oil/water interface: Effects of concentration and temperature

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Bio-inspired, facile and scalable surface functionalization approach with small molecules for multitasking oil decontamination

Qi Liu, Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Xiaohui Mao, Hao Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Effect of Model Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds on the Coalescence of Water-in-Oil Emulsion Droplets

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Effect of Non-ionic Surfactants on the Adsorption of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds at Water/Oil interface: A Molecular Simulation Study

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Xiaoyu Sun

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Effect of charge density of reverse emulsion breaker on demulsification performance for steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) emulsions under high temperature and high pressure

Qi Liu, Hongbo Zeng

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

Interfacial Behavior and Interaction Mechanism of Pentol/Water Interface Stabilized with Asphaltenes

Qi Liu, Tian Tang, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Intermolecular and Interfacial Interactions in Engineering Processes: Emulsions in Oil Production as An Example

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

Intermolecular and Surface Interactions in Engineering Processes

Hongbo Zeng

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Molecular Dynamics Study on the Mechanism of Graphene Oxide to Destabilize Oil-Water Emulsion

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Tu Lan

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Molecular Simulation of Folding and Aggregation of Multi-Core Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Xiaoyu Sun

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Novel Fe3O4 Based Superhydrophilic Core-shell Microspheres for Breaking Asphaltenes-stabilized Water-in-oil Emulsion

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Probing the Effect of Salt on Asphaltene Aggregation in Aqueous Solutions Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Xiaoyu Sun

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Probing the interactions between Pickering emulsion droplets stabilized with pH-responsive nanoparticles

Qi Liu, Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Xiaohui Mao, Lei Xie, Hao Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Recent Advances in Bubble-based Technologies: Underlying Interaction Mechanisms and Applications

Hongbo Zeng, Xiaohui Mao, Xuwen Peng, Lei Xie, Hao Zhang, Tao Wang

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

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

Jingli Luo, Hongbo Zeng

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Synergetic Adsorption of Polymers on Montmorillonite: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Wenyuan Sun

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Temperature-Induced Transition from Indirect to Direct Adsorption of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Quartz: A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Study

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Tu Lan, Jing Liu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Understanding Adsorption of Violanthrone-79 as a Model Asphaltene Compound on Quartz Surface Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Tian Tang, Hongbo Zeng, Tu Lan

Scholarly Refereed Journal