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Major Projects

​  Carbon Capture/Utilization/Storage

  • Development of novel functional solvents for CO2 capture (e.g., surface-active amines)

  • CO2 removal by enhanced weathering

  • Electrification of CO2 conversion processes (e.g., bicarbonate electrolysis)

  • Controlling CO2 plume and trapping mechanisms using engineered fluids and materials (e.g., mineral carbonation in basaltic formations, and use of nanofluids for wettability control)

  • Formate species as a carbon and hydrogen carrier and/or as an EOR agent

  • Aqueous nanobubble dispersion of CO2

  • CO2 transport and storage in tight porous media

  • Carbon emission reduction in oil recovery from unconventional reservoirs (heavy oil and tight oil)

​  Enhanced Oil Recovery

  • Gas enhanced oil recovery in tight reservoirs

  • Water-alternating-gas injection in carbonates

  • Wettability alteration in carbonates and tight oil reservoirs (e.g., aqueous solution of ketone solvent)

  • Formate solution for improved water flooding

  • CO2 nanobubble dispersion for tight and conventional reservoirs

  • Steam-solvent coinjection for heavy oil/bitumen recovery (e.g., use of water-soluble solvent)

Selected Topics

CO2 Capture

CO2 capture and in-situ conversion into bicarbonate as a carbon-bearing product using an amine with built-in surface activity

CO2 Nanobubble

Aqueous nanobubble (NB) dispersion of CO2 for geological carbon sequestration and conventional/unconventional oil reservoirs

Formate Species as Carbon and Energy Carriers for CCUS and Hydrogen Energy

Aqueous formate solution is a novel carbon carrier for improved carbon management.

Current and Completed Projects

Project Title (abbreviated)
Project Period
CO2 Dissolution and Mineralization in Deep Saline Aquifers
August 15, 2023 - August 14, 2026
Carbon Utilization and Storage
November 2022 - October 2025
Optimizations of the Large-Scale Geological Carbon Storage
June 2023 - June 2024
DME-Steam Coinjection for Bitumen Recovery
August 1, 2023 - January 30, 2024
Enhanced Oil Recovery in a Carbonate Reservoir
July 2023 - July 2024
Surface Active Amine for CO2 Capture as Bicarbonate
November 2023 - November 2024
CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery in a Carbonate Reservoir
January 2023 - November 2023
Improved Polymer Flooding in a Heavy Oil Reservoir
July 2019 - June 2023
Microbubble Gas Enhanced Oil Recovery
August 2021 - March 2022
Ethane Enhanced Oil Recovery in a Waterflooded Reservoir
September 2021 - March 2022
Carbon Utilization and Storage (Industrial Affiliate Program)
2021 - present
Feasibility Study of Geological Carbon Storage using Aqueous Formate Solution
March 1, 2022 - December 31,2022
Enhanced Oil Recovery in Tight Reservoirs
February 2021 - August 2021
Development of Novel Chemicals to Improve Well Performance in Unconventional Plays
November 2019 - May 2021
Upgrading of Heavy Oil by Hydroxyl Radical near Standard Conditions
October 2020 - September 2021
Relative Permeability in Tight/Shale Formations
July 2021 - December 2021
Solvent-Assisted Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage for Bitumen Recovery
April 2019 - December 2020
Fluid Characterization for Gas Enhanced Oil Recovery
December 2018 - February 2019
Surfactant Applications in Unconventional Reservoirs
July 2018 - July 2019
Slim-Tube Test for CO2 Flooding
September 2018 - January 2019
Solvent-Assisted Low-Salinity Water Flooding for High-Temperature/High-Salinity Carbonate Reservoirs
September 2017 - August 2019
Fluid Characterization for Solvent-Assisted SAGD
February 2018 - August 2018
Fluid Characterization for CO2 Flooding
September 2017 - August 2018
Comparative Study of Ethane and CO2 for Tight Oil
September 2017 - August 2018
Bitumen Recovery
September 2015 - June 2017
Enhanced Oil Recovery of Heavy Oil
September 2015 - August 2017
Numerical Study of Multiphase Oil Displacement by Ethane-Rich Gas Injection
November 2015 - August 2016
Heavy Oil Recovery Using Solvent and Steam
October 2010 - August 2015
Thermodynamic Modelling of Water/Hydrocarbon Mixtures for Thermal Oil Recovery Simulation
September 2014 - August 2015
Numerical Modeling for Improved Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Using Solvent for In-Situ Heavy-Oil/Bitumen Recovery
April 2012 - August 2015
Modeling of Heavy-Oil Displacement Using the Solvent-Rich Liquid Phase in Solvent SAGD
September 2012 - August 2015
Enhanced Oil Recovery
August 2015
Infrastructure for Phase Behavior Studies at High Temperature-Pressure Conditions
April 2015
Modeling of Multiphase Behavior Using an EOS for Solvent-SAGD Simulation
September 2012 - August 2014
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