Bitumen and Mineral Fundamentals

  • Hui Ting Zhang, "Probing Asphaltene Aggregation with Fluorescence Techniques" Obligatory Departmental thesis seminar – Chem 509 January 21, 2010 - oral presentation.                                                                                           

  • Hui Ting Zhang, “Investigation of the Asphaltene Aggregation and the Accessibility of Quenchers to Asphaltene Aggregates using Fluorescence Studies” 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference, Toronto, Ontario – oral presentation -  May 2010                           

  • Cornelia Bohne “Differential Aggregation of Asphaltene Probed with Time-resolved Fluorescence“, XI Petrophase – Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling Conference, Jersery City, NJ, USA - June 2010.  

  • Zi Xin Yang “Using the fluorescence of DBO to study the aggregation of asphaltenes”, Petrophase 2010, Jersey City, USA – June 2010 - poster presentation.

  • Murray R. Gray, Xiaoli Tan, Khalid Azyat, Lauren Veroni Jeffrey M Stryker, Cornelia Bohne, and Rik R. Tykwinski "What binds asphaltenes into nano-aggregates?"  Petrophase 2010, June 2010

  • Hassan Sabbah, Amy L. Morrow, Andrew E. Pomerantz, Oliver C. Mullins, Xiaoli Tan, Murray R. Gray, Khalid Azyat, Rik R. Tykwinski, and Richard N. Zare "Comparing Laser Desorption Laser Ionization Mass Spectra of Asphaltenes with Some Model Compounds" Petrophase 2010 Conference, Jersey City, NJ, June 2010

  • Alexander Scherer, Rik Tykwinski, "Molecular Properties of Synthetic Asphaltene Model Compounds" EuChemMS Conference, Nürenberg, Germany

  • Arash Karimi, Murray R Gray, Kuangnan Qian and Howard Freund  "Thin Film Pyrolysis of Oil Sands Asphaltenes for Structural Analysis" Petrophase 2010 Conference, Jersey City, NJ USA June 13-17, 2010

  • Mohammad Javad Amani, Murray R. Gray, John M. Shaw "Phase Behaviour and Aggregation of Asphaltenes in Supercritical Water" Annual Petroleum Thermodynamics Research Chair Advisory Committee Meeting, November 2010

Bitumen Separation and Upgrading

  • Greg P. Dechaine, Murray R. Gray "Sizes of Vanadyl Petroporphyrins and Asphaltene Aggregates in Toluene" Petrophase Conference, June 13-17th, 2010

  • Arash Karimi, Natalia Semagina, and Murray R. Gray “Catalysis of Steam Gasification of Bitumen Coke”, Canadian Catalysis Conference, Banff, AB, May 2010. (Oral presentation)

  •  A.S.M. Junaid, W. Wang, C. Street, M. Rahman, W.C. McCaffrey, S.M. Kuznicki, "Upgrading of Athabasca oilsands bitumen by low temperature natural zeolite cracking", Accepted for presentation in the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Salt Lake City, November 7-12, 2010. To be presented by: A.S.M. Junaid, November 8, 2010.                                     

  •  A.S.M. Junaid, W. Wang, C. Street, M.M. Rahman, M.  Gersbach, S Zhou, W. C. McCaffrey and S. M. Kuznicki, “Viscosity reduction and upgrading of Athabasca oilsands bitumen by natural zeolite cracking”, International Conference on Chemical Engineering, Amsterdam, September 28-30, 2010, p. 485-490. Presented by: A.S.M. Junaid, September 28, 2010.

  • Junaid A., Wei W., Street C., McCaffrey W. and Kuznicki S., “Upgrading and Extraction of Athabasca Oilsands Bitumen by Low Temperature Natural Zeolite Cracking”, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, November 8, 2010. Presented by: A.S.M. Junaid

  • Dehm, N. A.; Zhang, X.; Buriak, J. M. “Screening of Bimetallic Heterogeneous Nanoparticle Catalysts for Arene Hydrogenation Activity under Ambient Conditions” CSC 2010, May 29 - June 2, 2010, Toronto, ON. (Oral)                     

  • Dehm, N. A.; Buriak, J. M. “Screening of Mono-, Bi- and Trimetallic Heterogeneous Nanoparticle Catalysts Supported on Mixed Metal Oxides for Polyaromatic and Heterocyclic Aromatic Hydrogenation Activity” CSC 2010, , May 29 - June 2, 2010, Toronto, ON. (Poster)

  • J. Shen, K. Loganathan, C.-X. Yin, N. Semagina, "PVP-stabilized monometallic nanoparticles for low-pressure ring opening" 21st Canadian Symposium on Catalysis (9-12 May, 2010, Banff).  Poster.

  • J. Shen, C.-X. Yin, A. Reule, N. Semagina, "Palladium-iridium PVP-stabilized nanoparticles for alpha-ring opening of indan", 60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (24-27 October, 2010, Saskatoon). Oral.


  • Ali Hooshiar, Peter Uhlik, Qi Liu, Douglas G. Ivey and Thomas H. Etsell, "Behaviour of Clay Minerals in the Extraction of Alberta Oil Sands:  Aqueous vs. Non-Aqueous Extraction Processes", 2010 SEA-CSSJ-CMS Trilateral Meeting on Clays, Madrid and Seville, Spain, June 6-11, 2010.

  • Leyli MIRMONTAZERI, Anthony YEUNG and Qi LIU.  “Wetting Dynamics Involving Crude Oil-Water Interfaces”   60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference; October 24-27, 2010; Saskatoon SK.

  • Maryam FOTOVATI, Mehdi OMIDGHANE, Anthony YEUNG and Qi LIU.  “Aggregation of Silica Particles in Non-Aqueous Media” 60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference; October 24-27, 2010; Saskatoon SK.