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The work presented in this dissertation provides a novel technique of manipulation of colloidal entities during membrane filtration based on an AC electrokinetic phenomenon called dielectrophoresis. First, the influence of dielectrophoretic (DEP) forces created on a membrane surface to levitate...
A major challenge to any “solvent-based” bitumen extraction technology is the removal of suspended fine solids from the hydrocarbon medium (i.e. diluted bitumen). To address this problem, we examined how colloidal solids could be made to aggregate in a hydrocarbon medium and thus be separated by...
Poor settling of solids increases land requirement for tailings containment and imposes severe constraints on the water balance. Consequent to these considerations, the alternating current electrocoagulation (AC/EC) technique emerged as a candidate for enhancing the settling behaviour of...