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- 6Xu, Zhenghe (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
- 3Gupta, Rajender (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
- 3Liu, Qingxia (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
- 3Zeng, Hongbo (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
- 2Gray, Murray R. (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
- 2Stryker, Jeffrey M (Chemistry)
The demand for a new solvent to treat oilsands was behind the purpose of this project; molecular dynamics simulation was used in this study. Supercritical water, supercritical carbon dioxide and other selected organic solvents in their supercritical state were studied. Meso-tetraphenyl porphyrin...
A Preliminary Study on Pyrolysis and Gasification of Asphaltenes and Coal-Asphaltenes Slurry in Entrained Flow ReactorDownload
The aim of this work is to study pyrolysis of coal-asphaltenes slurry in an atmospheric entrained flow reactor. Athabasca asphaltenes and Genesee coal, both from Alberta in Canada, were selected as the feedstock. Char characteristics and the structure of asphaltenes and slurry chars including...
A Surface Forces Apparatus (SFA) was used in this study to investigate the fundamental surface forces in oil sand processing research. Asphaltene coated surfaces were chosen as the research topic due to the critical role of asphaltenes in oil sands processing, from bitumen extraction, froth...
Two alkyl-bridged aromatic compounds, with molecular weights of 899.70 g/mol and 1127.99 g/mol, were thermally cracked with 1-hexadecene, 1- octadecene, or trans-stilbene, in a batch microreactor at 375–430 °C for 15 to 45 min. The objective of the study was to investigate the kinetics of the...
This work investigated different acid catalysts and olefinic alkylating agents for the alkylation of an industrial asphaltenes feed. The working hypothesis was that alkylation would change the solubility parameter and increase the H/C ratio of asphaltenes sufficiently to cause some asphaltenes...
Athabasca oil sands contain 8 to 14% bitumen and are recovered using surface mining or steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). During primary upgrading of bitumen, the vacuum residuum from the distillation column is sent to the solvent de-asphalting unit where a paraffinic solvent is used to...
This thesis explored the properties of asphaltene nano-aggregates in crude oil and toluene based solutions and fouling at process furnace temperatures, and the links between these two phenomena. The link between stability of asphaltenes at ambient conditions and fouling at the conditions of a...
Canadian oilsands bitumen contains one of the highest amounts of asphaltenes (16-20 wt %) among all crude oils. Asphaltenes are the lowest value fraction of bitumen. It differs from the other fractions of bitumen because of its insolubility in paraffinic solvents. Asphaltenes are insoluble in...
Asphalt pavements are the most common type of pavements in North America. Increasing traffic demand, harsh weather conditions, and the tendency for infrastructure operators to reduce the cost (and, therefore, the frequency) of maintenance are the major reasons for asphalt performance improvement...
The self-association properties of two model compounds of asphaltene, 2,6-bis[2-(pyren-1-yl)ethyl]pyridine (PyPPy, C41H29N) and 2,6-bis[2-(phenanthren-9-yl)ethyl]pyridine (PhPPh, C37H29N), were studied in deuterated chloroform and deuterated methylene chloride. 1H NMR spectroscopy titration...