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Project Descriptions 2013 - Current

Project Descriptions 2013 - Completed with Abstracts


Oil Sands 2012 Conference - Student Presentations

Role of Caustic in Processing of Oil Sands, Meghan Curran, August 28, 2012

Effect of Residual Bitumen on Polymer-based Flocculation of Mature Fine Tailings, Colin Klein, August 30, 2012

Stabilizing Temporary Emulsions with Switchable Wetting Particles, Chen Liang, August 28, 2012

Characterizing Rag-Forming Solids, Morvarid (April) Madjlessikupai, August 28, 2012

Student Presentations: January 2016 – December 2016

Review on the Technologies of Bitumen Recovery from Alberta Mineable Oil Sands, Mr. Yeling (Yale) Zhu, January 21, 2016

Study water-in-CO2 microemulsions using SANS, Dr. Ci Yan, January 21, 2016

Using thin liquid film technique to evaluate demulsifiers, Ms. Xinrui Ma, March 17, 2016

Review on theories of wetting dynamics and bitumen liberation study, Mr. Rui Li, March 17, 2016

Enhancing fine particle recovery using a novel dual bubble generator, Mr. Jian Huang, April 21, 2016

Using methylene blue and XRF analysis to measure clay properties, Ms. An Li, April 21, 2016

The New Volute Screw Press (VSP) Applications in Fine Tailings Dewatering, Mr. Chen Wang, September 21, 2016

Dual Bubble Generator in a Flotation Column, Mr. Vitalii Dodonov, September 21, 2016

Synthesis of Interfacially active and magnetically responsive Janus particles for demulsification, Mr. Xiao He, October 26, 2016

Surface Forces in Oil Sands Processing, Ms. Nina Ivanova, October 26, 2016

Student Presentations: January 2015 – December 2015

Applications of Quaternized Amine (QA) - acrylamide Based Copolymer Flocculants in Oil Sands Tailings Treatment, Mr. Chen Wang, January 22, 2015

Surface Force Measurement between Hydrophobic Surfaces and Froth Flotation, Dr. Zuoli Li, January 22, 2015

Interactions Between a Colloid Probe and Interfacial Materials Present at Diluted Aslphaltene/Bitumen-Water Interfaces Using AFM, Ms. Natalie Kuznicki, February 19, 2015

Thin Liquid Film Drainage between An Air Bubble and Solid Surfaces, Ms. Xurui Zhang, February 19, 2015

Hydrolysis of Zetag® Flocculant and Generation of a Flocculation Aid in Tailings Treatment, Mr. Chen Wang, March 19, 2015

Understanding Oil Sands Processability using Symbolic Regression, Mr. Yixin Zhang, March 19, 2015

Design, Synthesis and Application of Temperature Switchable Block Co-polymer to Oil Sands Extraction, Mr. Chao Han, April 16, 2015

Demulsification Performance of EO-PO Copolymer at Elevated Temperature/Pressure Studied by FBRM, Ms. Zhen Niu, April 16, 2015

Removing Water from Emulsions using Responsive Composite Particles, Mr. Chen Liang, September 24, 2015

Review on the surface properties of Phyllosilicates and Its Influence on Tailings Measurement, Mr. Yuechao Tang, September 24, 2015

Adsorption of Asphaltenes on Different Solid Surfaces, Ms. Adriana Briones, October 15, 2015

Fatty Acid-Asphaltene Interactions at Oil/Water Interface, Ms. Xi Wang, October 15, 2015

Role of Asphaltenes in Stabilization of W/O Emulsions, Mr. Peiqi Qiao, December 3, 2015

Combining AFM and Rheology Measurements for Better Understanding of Droplet Deformation in Oil Sands Extraction, Ms. Natalie Kuznicki, December 3, 2015

Student Presentations: January 2014 – December 2014

Performance Characteristics of PEO-PPO Demulsifiers at Ambient and Elevated Temperatures, Ms. Liang (Emily) Chen, January 23, 2014

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Clay/Water Interactions, Mr. Deniz Karatas, Istanbul Technical University, January 23, 2014

Effect of Ethylcellulose on the Physical Properties of Stabilizing Films at the Oil-Water Interface, Ms. Yin Liang, February 27, 2014

Particle-bubble attachment in flotation, Dr. David I. Verrelli, Macquarie University, Australia, February 27, 2014

Flow in particulate systems, Dr. David I. Verrelli, Macquarie University, Australia, February 28, 2014

Bitumen Displacement Dynamics from Silica Surfaces, Mr. Bauyrzhan Primkulov, March 27, 2014

Mechanistic Study on Solvent-enhanced Bitumen Liberation from Oil Sand Ores, Mr. Lin He, Tianjin University, China, March 27, 2014

Synthesis, Characterization and Application of pH-Switchable Zwitterionic Copolymers, Mr. Jian Guo, September 18, 2014

Study of Nano-Aggregation of Asphaltene Model Compound by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS), Dr. Lan Liu, September 18, 2014

Role of Caustic Addition in Bitumen-Clay Interaction, Ms. Marjan Tamiz, October, 30, 2014

Interfacial Properties of an Asphaltene Model Compound: C5Pe, Ms. Jiebin Bi, October 30, 2014

Some Thoughts on Tailings Densification, Dr. Jacob Masliyah, November 20, 2014

Effect of salinity in the warm-water based processing of oil sands, Mr. Tong Chen, December 4, 2014

Asphaltene sub-fractions responsible for stabilizing water in crude oil emulsions - A Thin Liquid Film Study, Mr. Fan Yang, December 4, 2014

Student Presentations: January 2013 – December 2013

Interfacial Rheology in the Petroleum Industry, Dr. David Harbottle, February 22, 2013

A Robust Model for a Hydrocyclone: Methodology and Application, Mr. Morteza Ghadirian, February 22, 2013

Wetting of Micro-Sized Bitumen Drops on Solid Spheres in Water: Effect of Solid Surface Modification and Solvent Addition to Bitumen, Dr. Feng Lin, May 9, 2013

Role of different bitumen fractions in stabilization of W/O emulsions - A thin liquid film study, Mr. Fan Yang, May 9, 2013

Performance of polymeric EO-PO demulsifiers to break water-in-oil demulsions, Dr. Erica Pensini, September 19, 2013

Design and Synthesis of pH-Switchable Polymers for Tailings Management, Dr. Yunhui Li, September 19, 2013

A Review of Laboratory Based Extraction Methods for Bitumen Recovery: The Role of Caustic, Ms. Meghan Curran, October 17, 2013

Study on the detachment mechanism of oil from hydrophilic and hydrophobic silica surfaces by molecular dynamics simulation, Dr. Qian Liu, November 7, 2013

Application of Temperature-Responsive Polymer for Oil Sands Tailings Management, Mr. Ian Osborn, November 7, 2013

Aggregation behaviors of asphaltenes, Dr. Zifu Li, December 5, 2013

Thin liquid films: Application to water-in-crude oil emulsion stability, Dr. Plamen Tchoukov, December 5, 2013

Student Presentations: January 2012 – December 2012

Effect of Solid Contamination on Stability of Model Oil-Water Emulsions, Ms. Sima Khademi, January 19, 2012

Adsorption and conformational transition of thermal-sensitive polymers CP05 and AI-CP05 on solid surfaces, Dr. Shengqun Wang, January 19, 2012

Controlling emulsion stability using CO2-responsive particles, Mr. Chen Liang, February 16, 2012

Challenges in Analysis of Natural Surfactants in Oil Sands Processing Water, Ms. Yuan Ma, March 15, 2012

Probing Structure-Nanoaggregation Relations of Polyaromatic Surfactants: A Molecular Dynamics Study, Mr. Robel B. Teklebrhan, March 15, 2012

Enhancement of Bitumen Recovery by In-situ Gas Nucleation, Mr. Haipeng Li, April 12, 2012

Effect of Humidity on Asphaltene Films: Possible evidence of Hydration Layer, Mr. Anand Natarajan, April 12, 2012

Asphaltenes and Petroleum Emulsions Stability, Dr. Jan Czarnecki, October 23, 2012

Understanding and Developing New Methods for Treating Oil Sands Tailings, Mr. Aditya Kaura, December 6, 2012

Are clays correctly understood in oil sands processing?, Ms. Lujie Yan, December 6, 2012

Student Presentations: January 2011 – December 2011

Adsorption Kinetics of AI(OH)3-PAM on Bitumen: Implications on Bitumen Extraction, Dr. Alana Alagha, January 26, 2011

Role of Viscosity Control in Bitumen Recovery from Athabasca Oil Sands, Ms. Mei Zhang, January 26, 2011

Quantification of Carboxylic Surfactants in Tailings Water Using FTIS, Ms. Marjan Tamiz, March 16, 2011

Study of Demulsification in Diluted-Bitumen by FBRM, Dr. Zhuqi (David) Chen, March 16, 2011

Impact of Caustic Addition on Recovery, Zeta Potential Distribution and Induction Time, Ms. Qian (Judy) Zhu, April 13, 2011

A Novel Fe-PAM Flocculant for Oil Sands Tailings Treatment, Ms. Yuanchun Hu, April 13, 2011

Effect of residual polymer in process water on air bubble-bitumen attachment studied by induction time measurement, Mr. Chanho Brian Shim, September 15, 2011

Use of Polymers in Bitumen Froth Treatment, Mr. Timothy Skwarok, September 15, 2011

Flocculation Study of Kaolinite and Illite Suspensions Using Polyacrylamide-based Polymers, Mr. Mingda Li, September 15, 2011

Understanding the Role of Caustic Addition:  A Comparison of Sodium and Ammonium Hydroxide, Mr. Chris Flury,
October 13, 2011

Flocculation of Kaolinite Suspensions and Oil Sands Tailings by Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Polymers, Ms. Shiqing Wang, November 10, 2011

Study of the rag layer: Characterization of the solids, Ms. Morvarid Madjlessikupai, November 10, 2011

Role of Ethyl Cellulose (EC) in Bitumen Flotation and Froth Cleaning, Ms. Jen Hou, December 8, 2011

Adsorption of Polyacrylamide-based Polymers on Kaolinite Studied by Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Dr. Lana Agha, December 8, 2011

Student Presentations: January 2010 – December 2010

Designing a Novel Apparatus for Studying Bubble-Bitumen Interactions, Mr. Louxiang Wang, January 11, 2010

Role of Carbon Dioxide in Consolidation of Oil Sands Fine Tailings, Mr. Ren (Robin) Zhu, January 11, 2010

Understanding AI-PAM Assisted Oil Sands Tailings Treatment, Ms. Lina Guo, February 8, 2010

Indigenous Surface Active Components in Crude Oils and Colloidal Structures in W/O Systems, Dr. Johan Sjoblom, February 8, 2010

Study of AI(OH)3-PAM Adsorption Kinetics on Silica and Alumina by Quartz Crystal Microbalance: Implications in Oil Sands Tailings Management, Dr. Lana Alagha, March 15, 2010

Thermal Sensitive Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Polymers for Oil Sands Tailings Treatment, Ms. Margo Chan, March 15, 2010

Aggregation of Asphaltene and Naphthenic acid Model Compounds in Water-Oil Systems, Dr. Lingling Ge, April 12, 2010

Surface Forces Apparatus & Its Application in Oil Sands, Mineral Processing and Other Research Fields, Dr. Hongbo Zeng, April 12, 2010

Study of interaction of particles from zeta-potential distribution measurement, Ms. Blen Jimma, September 15, 2010

The effects of Weather on Bitumen Properties, Mr. Davis Wang, September 15, 2010

Removing of Residual Water in Diluted Bitumen through Functionalized Magnetic Particles, Ms. Judy Chen, September 15, 2010

Water chemistry on demulsification, Ms. Amy Komaratat, September 15, 2010

Wettability Control of Oil-contaminated Solids by Ethyl Cellulose, Ms. Shengqun Wang, October 20, 2010

Fundamentals of Bubble-Particle Interactions in Flotation, Ms. Chendi Wu, October 20, 2010

Interactions of an asphaltene model compound C5Pe in organic solvents, Ms. Jing Wang, December 1, 2010

Study of Interfacial Film in Diluted Bitumen-Water Emulsions Using Molecular Dynamic Simulation, Mr. Robel Teklebrhan, December 1, 2010

Student Presentations: December 2008 – December 2009

UV-Induced Modifications in Bitumen Langmuir Films, Dr. Paolo Mussone, December 15, 2008

Demulsification Mechanisms of Water-In-Bitumen Emulsions by a Biodegradable Polymer, Dr. Xianhua Feng, December 15, 2008

Dewatering of Mature Fine Tails, Mr. Mohammad Reza Salehi, February 2, 2009

Extraction and Characterisation of Solids from Different Oil Sand Ores, Ms. Adebukola Adegoroye, February 2, 2009

Bitumen Production from Mined Oil Sands using Water-based Processes: Challenges and Opportunities, Dr. Zhenghe Xu & Dr. Jacob Masliyah, March 2, 2009

Physicochemical Studies of Oxide Zinc Mineral Flotation, Dr. S. Hamid Hosseini, March 2, 2009

The Impact of Solvent Type on Wettability of Solids in Froth Treatment, Mr. Fan Yang, April 6, 2009

A Novel Synthetic Approach to Armchair Carbon Nanotubes Using Polydiacetylene Blocks, Dr. Lana Zakaria Al-Agha, April 6, 2009

Effect of Hydrocarbon Removal by Flotation on Dewatering of MFT by Filtration, Mr. Tenny E. Thomas & Ms. Lina Guo, May 25, 2009

Study of Bitumen Liberation from Oil Sand Ore, Mr. Sundeep Srinivasa, May 25, 2009

Effect of Water Chemistry on Water in Diluted Bitumen Emulsions, Mr. Mohamed Sharshar & Dr. Paolo Mussone, September 16, 2009

AFM Study on Effect of Ethylcellulose on Adsorbed Asphaltene Layers, Ms. Nataliya Segin & Ms. Shengqun Wang, September 16, 2009

Study of Bitumen Liberation and Quantification, Mr. Andreas Mako Kusuma, September 16, 2009

Consolidation of Mature Fine Tailings Using Polymer Aids, Mr. Aurangzeb Alamgir, October 21, 2009

Dissolved air flotation (DAF) of microparticles: characterization of microbubbles and measurements of bubble-particle interaction forces, Dr. Alexandre H. Englert, October 21, 2009

Asphaltenes and the Stability of Petroleum Water in Oil Emulsion, Dr. Jan Czarnecki, December 9, 2009

Generation and Attachment of Submicron Size Bubbles to Colloidal Solids, Ms. Chendi Wu, December 9, 2009

Previous Student Presentations 2008 (Dr. J. Masliyah)

Microscopy and rheology in Flatland: An outlook on emulsions stability, Dr. Paolo Mussone, February 2008

Studies on Flocculation of Mature Fine Tailings, Mr. Kingsley Ezeagwula, March 2008

Asphaltene Micro-Fibers by Electrospinning, Mr. Anand Natarajan, March 2008

Slurry Conditioning effects on Bitumen Recovery, Mr. Longhui Qiu, April 2008

Use of Polymers in Froth Treatment, Dr. Xianhua Feng, April 2008

Role of Solids in Water-Based Bitumen Extraction from Oil Sands, Dr. Trong Dang-Vu, June 2008

Polymer Aids for Settling and Filtration of Oil Sands Tailing, Ms. Xiaoyan Wang, June 2008

Use of Short-chain Amine in Bitument Flotation, Mr. Louixang Wang, October 2008

Instrumentation of Oil Sand Research Group at the UofA, Ms. Shiau-Yin Wu, November 2008

Hydrocarbon Recovery from Tailings of Solvent Recovery Unit (TSRU), Mr. Tenny Thomas, November 2008

Previous Student Presentations 2007 (Dr. J. Masliyah)

Effect of Weathering on Oil Sands Processability, Dr. Sili Ren, January 2007

Effect of Operating Temperature on Water-based Oil Sands Processing, Dr. Jun Long, March 2007

Stability of Water-in-Diluted Bitumen Emulsions, Ms. Song Gao, April 2007

Impact of solvent addition on bitumen recovery and froth quality, Mr. Sanjay Harjai, May 2007

Wettability of Solids from Oil Sands and its Relation to Oil Sands Processability, Mr. Rahul Jha, June 2007

Flocculation and Filtration of Oil Sand Tailings, Ms. Xiaoyan Wang, September 2007

Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy of A1(OH)3-Polyacrylamide Hybrid and its Flocculation Mechanism, Dr. Wei Sun, September 2007

Flotation Optimization Art or Science, Mr. Andy Stradling, Teck Cominco, November 2007

Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett Film of Bitumen and with a De-emulsifier, Dr. Sharath Mahavadi, November 2007

Previous Student Presentations 2006 (Dr. J. Masliyah)

Oxidized Ore at the Suncor Steepbank Mine: The Role of Bitumen Chemistry in Recovery and Froth Quality, Mr. Randy Mikula and Mr. Doug Cox, May 2006

Towards Enhancing the Processability of Oxidized Ores, Mr Adeolu Adetowubo, May 2006

Relationship between Oil Sands Processability and Solids Wettability, Mr. Rahul Jha, September 2006

Solid Particles – Bubbles Interaction in a Flotation Column, Ms. Adebukola Adegoroye, September 2006

Thin Film Breakup by Electric Field: Development of Microfluidic Device for Emulsion Stability Studies, Mr. F. Mostowfi, October 2006

An Examination of the Significant Factors Affecting the Aging of Athabasca Oil Sands, Mr. Michael Farron, Co-op Student working at Albian Sands Energy Inc., October 2006

Exploratory Studies on Solids Wettability of Oil Sands, Dr. Trong Dang-Vu, December 2006

Impact of Solvent Washing on Froth during Froth Generation, Mr. Sanjay Harjai, December 2006