Bitumen-­Solvent Product Cleaning

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


This project is a systematic investigation of various physical and chemical methods aimed at cleaning up the NAE bitumen from oil sands to meet this target while maintaining high bitumen recovery.

Attendance of CSChE conference

Juan Darius

Conference/Workshop

Bitumen-solvent product cleaning

Tony Yeung, Juan Darius

Misc

FES open house poster

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Xuyang Liu

Event

Hydrothermal partial upgrading: Year 1 status

Arno De Klerk, Sowmya Turuga, Natalia Montoya, Joao Felipe Pereira Bassane

Misc

Probing Molecular Interactions of Bitumen-coated Mineral Solids in Organic Solvents

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu

Conference/Workshop

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

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Conference/Workshop

Removal of Fine Solids from Bitumen by Polymer Flocculants during Non-aqueous Extraction of Oil Sands

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu

Conference/Workshop

Removal of hydrophobic bitumen-coated fine solids from bitumen using water droplets with amphiphilic chemicals during non-aqueous extraction of oil sands

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu, Camila Santander

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

Hatch Innovation Award, Chemical Institute of Canada

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Destabilization of Fine Solids Suspended in Oil Media through Wettability Modification and Water-Assisted Agglomeration

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu, Camila Santander

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Hydrogen transfer activity in bitumen froth: effect of temperature

Arno De Klerk

Research Report

Hydrothermal treatment of bitumen froth between 200 and 300 ºC

Arno De Klerk, Sowmya Turuga

Research Report

In-Situ Hot Filtration of Hydrothermally Upgraded Bitumen Products

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen

Misc:

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

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie, Xinwei Cui

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Probing the Interaction Mechanism between Air Bubbles and Bitumen Surfaces in Aqueous Media Using Bubble Probe Atomic Force Microscopy

Qi Liu, Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Researching hydrothermal treatment of bitumen froth: A three phase system challenge

Arno De Klerk, Natalia Montoya

Research Report

Understanding the Stabilization Mechanism of Bitumen-coated Fine Solids in Organic Media from Non-Aqueous Extraction of Oil Sands

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu, Lei Xie

Article in professional or trade journals