in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs
About the Canada Excellence Research Chair
Dr. Steven Bryant joined the University of Calgary in 2014, as the institution’s first Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC). With a focus on improving and optimizing in-situ oil recovery in unconventional oil reservoirs using advances in nanotechnology, Dr. Bryant and his highly skilled team aim to use less steam, recover more oil, and reduce – and ultimately eliminate – the carbon footprint of unconventional hydrocarbon extraction.
Facilities and Services
The state-of-the-art 850 m2 CERC lab space in the Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building houses unique equipment and acts as a fully functioning wet and analytical lab space, plus a workroom for creative ideation.
The CERC team has made exciting discoveries in nanostructured complex fluids, whose properties and behaviour can change dramatically in response to external conditions, showing promise for a variety of applications.
Our application of a simple, inexpensive, yet extraordinarily sensitive method to measure the concentration profile of paramagnetic particles within a porous medium revealed new particle transport mechanisms relevant to a wide variety of field applications.
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