Bitumen-­Solvent Product Cleaning

Nonaqueus extraction (NAE) of oil sands can eliminate the use of fresh water in recovering bitumen from oil sands. However, the extracted bitumen must be free of water and mineral/clay solids so that it can be used directly as a refinery feed without the need of upgrading.


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

Alteration and Impact of Mineral Solids in Hydrothermal Treatment of Bitumen Froth

Arno De Klerk, Annapurna Sri Sowmya Turuga

Conference/Workshop

Asphaltene adsorption on sodium-citrate-modified magnetite nanoparticles

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Xuyang Liu

Conference/Workshop

Attendance of CSChE conference

Juan Darius

Conference/Workshop

Bitumen Froth Cleaning Using Hydrothermal Treatment Plus Hot Filtration

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen, Shahrad Booran

Conference/Workshop

Bitumen Froth Cleaning Using Hydrothermal Treatment Plus Hot Filtration

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen, Shahrad Booran

Conference/Workshop

Bitumen-solvent product cleaning

Tony Yeung, Juan Darius

Misc

Destabilization of Bitumen-coated Fine Solids in Organic Media Induced by Water-assisted Biomolecule Flocculants Extracted from Guar Beans

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

Conference/Workshop

Effects of low-temperature hydrothermal treatment on the properties and removal of fine solids from nonaqueous extraction (NAE) bitumen

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen, Menatalla Ahmed

Conference/Workshop

FES open house poster

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Xuyang Liu

Event

Hydrothermal treatment of bitumen froth between 200 and 300 ºC

Arno De Klerk, Annapurna Sri Sowmya Turuga

Conference/Workshop

Hydrothermal treatment of bitumen froth diluted with kerosene

Arno De Klerk, Joao Felipe Pereira Bassane

Conference/Workshop

Impact of Mineral Solids on Thermal Treatment of Bitumen Froth: A Literature Review

Arno De Klerk, Annapurna Sri Sowmya Turuga

Event

Impact of Solids on Bitumen Properties in Hydrothermal Treatment of Bitumen Froth

Arno De Klerk, Annapurna Sri Sowmya Turuga

Conference/Workshop

In-Situ Hot Filtration of Bitumen Streams to Produce Dry and Solids-Free Bitumen Product

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen, Shahrad Booran

Conference/Workshop

Innovative Process for Bitumen Froth Cleaning Using Hydrothermal Treatment Plus Hot Filtration

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen, Shahrad Booran

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

Non-Aqueous extraction: Removal of hydrophobic bitumen-coated fine solids from NAE bitumen using water droplets and biopolymers

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

Conference/Workshop

Optimization of Fine Solids settling from NAE Bitumen Induced by Water-assisted High Molecular Weight Guar Gum

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

Conference/Workshop

Partial Upgrading During Froth Treatment: A Possible Dream?

Arno De Klerk, Natalia Montoya Sanchez, Joao Felipe Pereira Bassane

Conference/Workshop

Potential for Partial Upgrading by Thermal Treatment of Bitumen Froth

Arno De Klerk, Joao Felipe Pereira Bassane

Conference/Workshop

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 NAE bitumen using water droplets with modified interfacial chemistry and bio-inspired polymers

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu

Event

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

Solvent Enhancement of Fine Solids settling from NAE Bitumen Induced by Water-assisted High Molecular Weight Guar Gum

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

Conference/Workshop

Stability of Colloidal Solids in Non-Aqueous Media

Tony Yeung, Juan Darius

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

International Award for Outstanding Young Chemical Engineer

Hongbo Zeng

Award

NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Hongbo Zeng

Award

Bitumen Froth Cleaning and Upgrading using Hydrothermal Treatment Plus Hot Filtration

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen, Shahrad Booran

Article in professional or trade journals

A Janus facilitated transport membrane with asymmetric surface wettability and dense/porous structure: enabling high stability and separation efficiency

Qi Liu, Hongbo Zeng, Fenglin Liu

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

Destabilization of Bitumen-coated Fine Solids in Oil through Water-assisted Flocculation using Biomolecules Extracted from Guar Beans

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

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

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

High Molecular Weight Guar Gum Assisted Settling of Fine Solids in Diluted Bitumen: Effect of Solvents

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Hongbo Zeng, Camila Santander

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Hydrogen transfer activity in bitumen froth: effect of temperature

Arno De Klerk, Joao Felipe Pereira Bassane

Research Report

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

In-Situ Hot Filtration of Hydrothermally Upgraded Bitumen Products

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Qiang Chen

Misc:

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

New insights into the interfacial behavior and swelling of polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) during Zn (II) extraction process

Qi Liu, Hongbo Zeng, Jing Liu

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

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

Removing Fine Solids from Oil through Water-assisted Flocculation using Biomolecules Extracted from Guar Beans

Camila Santander

Masters Thesis

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

Arno De Klerk, Natalia Montoya Sanchez

Research Report

Role of Molecular Architecture in the Modulation of Hydrophobic Interactions

Hongbo Zeng, Lei Xie, Hao Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Surface-modified magnetite nanoparticles for fine solids removal from non-aqueous extracted bitumen

Qi Liu, Xiaoli Tan, Xuyang Liu

Article in professional or trade journals

Techniques for treating slop oil in oil and gas industry: A short review

Qi Liu, Hongbo Zeng, Wenshuai Yang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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, Lei Xie, Jing Liu

Scholarly Refereed Journal