2015

Bitumen Upgrading and Characterization

  • F. Spillebout, O. Zelyak, S. R. Stoyanov, J. M. Stryker, and A. Kovalenko, A density functional theory investigation of planar and cubane tetrametallic complexes of first-row transition metals for catalytic hydrotreatment, Oral presentation at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015, 15-20 December 2015, Honolulu, HI, USA Conference

Non-Aqueous Extraction

  • Siddhant Panda, Krupal Pal, Murray R Gray, Qi Liu and Phillip Choi (2015). Role of bitumen    migration in solvent removal from extracted Alberta oilsands. Petrophase 2015, June 7th to 11th Riviera Maya, Mexico. International (Poster Presentation).       

  • Non-aqueous extraction methods for the recovery of bitumen using kaolinite as a model compound; D. Baitan; International Master in Advanced Clay Science (IMACS) presentation; Poitiers (France) September 2015.

  • “Progress on mechanistic studies in complex systems using fluorescence applied to two case studies: Enhanced chirality for a bimolecular reaction in human serum albumin and aggregation of asphaltenes”, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.  April 2015

  • Mirjavad Geramian, Omid H. Ardakani, Hamed Sanei, T. H. Etsell, Douglas G. Ivey and Qi Liu, “Nano and Micro-Sized Species in Non-Aqueous Bitumen Extraction from Alberta Oil Sands”, presented at COSIA Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference , Edmonton, April 28-29, 2015.

  • Duran, J.A.; Schoeggl, F.F., Yarranton, H.W., Measurement and Modeling of Asphaltene Flocculation near Onset Conditions, Heavy Oil and Oilsands Symposium, Can Chem. Eng. Conference, Calgary, Oct. 4-7, 2015.

Tailings Process Fundamentals

  • Y. Zhu, X. Tan and Qi Liu, 2015. Cationic and anionic dual polymer pairs for mature fine tailings flocculation and dewatering. Presented at the 65th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Calgary, AB, October 4-7, 2015.

  • Entezari, I., Speta, M., Rivard, B. and Geramian, M. 2015. Hyperspectral characteristics of oil sand clay mineral assemblages. COSIA oil sands clay conference and workshop. Edmonton. April 28-29.

  • S. Nusri, X. Tan, P. Choi and Qi Liu, 2015. Using surface geopolymerization reactions to strengthen Athabasca oil sands mature fine tailings. University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium, June 16, 2015, Edmonton, Alberta. Best presentation for Engineering for Sustainable Future Session.

  • Kovalenko, Molecular theory of solvation: A mental microscope into structure and effective interactions in multiscale description of chemical and biomolecular nanosystems, Plenary Lecture at the 34th International Conference on Solution Chemistry, 28 Aug – 04 Sept 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.

  • S. R. Stoyanov, S. Hlushak, and A. Kovalenko, Polymer-Induced Flocculation and Dewatering of Mining Tailings: Mechanistic Insights Revealed by Multiscale Computational Modeling, Oral presentation at the 12th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC-12), Royal Soc. Chem., 20-23 July 2015, York, UK.

  • S. R. Stoyanov and A. Kovalenko, Non-aqueous Extraction of Bitumen Components from Oil Sands: Insights from Multiscale Computational Modeling, Oral presentation at the 16th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling (PetroPhase), 7-11 June 2015, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

  • S.R. Stoyanov and A. Kovalenko, Molecular theory of solvation: From heavy petroleum to plant biomass valorization, Oral presentation at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015, 15-20 December 2015, Honolulu, HI, USA

  • S. Hlushak, S.R. Stoyanov, and A. Kovalenko, Evaluation of effective interactions of kaolinite nanoparticles in aqueous electrolyte solution with polymer by molecular theory of solvation, Oral presentation at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015, 15-20 December 2015, Honolulu, HI, USA

  • S. Hlushak, S.R. Stoyanov, and A. Kovalenko, Mechanism of Action of Polymer Additives for Enhanced Flocculation and Accelerated Dewatering of MFT, Poster presentation at the COSIA Innovation Summit, 31 March – 2 April 2015, Banff, AB

  • S.R. Stoyanov and A. Kovalenko, Supramolecular assembly model for asphaltene aggregation: Mechanistic insights from computational modeling, Oral presentation at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015, 15-20 December 2015, Honolulu, HI, USA

  • S.R. Stoyanov and A. Kovalenko, Multiscale Computational Modeling: From Heavy Petroleum to Plant Biomass Valorization, Oral presentation at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Processes (CCECP 2015), 26-27 January 2015, Singapore.

  • Akemi Darlington, How Ion Identity, Ion Concentration, and pH History Affect the Silica/Water Interface, Goldschmidt 2015, Prague, Czeck Republic, August 18, 2015

  • Julianne Gibbs-Davis, Where and  What?:  Understanding the Origin of our Second Harmonic Signal at the Calcium2+(aq)/Silica Interface, Surface Potential Workshop, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, September 9, 2015

  • Akemi Darlington (POSTER), The Effect of Divalent Ions and Butylamine on the Acid/Base Chemistry of the Silica/Water Interface, COSIA Conference on Clays, Edmonton, AB, April 28-29, 2015

  • Akemi Darlington (POSTER), IOSI Stewardship, Edmonton, AB, May 13-14, 2015

  • Ben Rehl (POSTER), IOSI Stewardship, Edmonton, AB, May 13-14, 2015

  • R. Neelakantan and R.S. Sanders, Rheological degradation mechanisms in the pipeline transport of model thickened tailings, CSChE Conference, Calgary AB, Oct. 5-7, 2015.

  • Zeinab Naderi Khorshidi, Phillip Choi, Qi Liu and Xiaoli Tan, 2016. Dissolution of Kaolinite in an Alkali Solution: A Molecular Dynamics Study. Submitted to the Materials Research Society (MRS) conference on October 15th, 2015.

  • S. Shende, S. Pendharker, Z. Jacob, N. Nazemifard, “TIRF microscopy to investigate the surface coverage of fine clays with residual bitumen”, 65th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, 2015.