Dr. Sean Sanders


Chemical Oil Sands Program Advisor
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Pipeline Transport Processes

Office: 12-273 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211 - 116 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
Phone: 780.492.0981
Fax: 780.492.2881

Research Areas:

multiphase flows; interparticle and fluid-particle interactions in concentrated slurries; core-annular flow; pipeline conditioning of oil sands; water-assisted heavy oil pipelines; tailings transport and placement; rheology of industrial, non-Newtonian mixtures; centrifugal pump performance; pipeline wear


Dr. Sanders specializes in technology development for oil sand extraction processes, operations’ support and process efficiency improvements. He has extended industry experience, including overseeing all process engineering decisions related to fixed plant operation and bitumen recovery optimization at Syncrude’s Aurora facility. He also served as Principal Investigator for numerous large-scale R&D projects, including Multiphase Pipeline Flows, Bitumen Aeration and Recovery, Tailings Placement. His current research focuses on experimental investigations of multiphase flow systems. Theoretical and numerical analyses are used to frame experimental studies in solid-liquid slurry flows, liquid-liquid flows and gas-liquid flows.

Dr. Sean Sanders