Light-ends incorporation and new catalysts for hydroconversion of heavy oils

The proposed project seeks to improve the processing of Canadian oilsands bitumen using two key technical advancements associated with the upgrading of bitumen to fuels. Firstly, we will seek to reduce the consumption of costly hydrogen by using light-ends as a source of hydrogen and secondly we will improve the catalysts used to control the chemical reactions and thereby enhance liquid product yields.

Amiratabak Asadi
Faculty Supervisor: 
Kevin Smith
British Columbia