Analysis and characterization of petroleum chemical species including asphaltenes, maltenes and their fractions, characterization of carbon-based materials, oils from waste or by-products, among other research.
Phase equilibria, physical properties, physical & chemical associations, fluid interactions, etc.
Emulsions and interfacial phenomena
From fundamental studies to field experience in the understanding and handling of petroleum emulsion in production, refining operations as well as produced water management and waste management.
From fundamental studies to field experience in the understanding and management of flow assurance issues related to hydrates, asphaltenes, wax, and naphthenic acid salts. Behavior and simulation of multiphase flows. Heavy crude oil transportation.
Conventional and unconventional resources
Thermodynamic modelling, gas EoR/IoR, Chemical EoR and Microemulsions, diffusion, adsorption film, new lab experiments, phase kinetics, geochemical kinetic modelling, kerogen interaction, fluid prediction in basin modelling, molecular simulation.
Petroleum and Energy Transition
The challenge of the energy transition in the oil industry focused on decarbonization, CO2 capture and storage, waste treatment (pyrolysis and biomass-based oils), the use of by-products (circular economy), development of new carbon-based materials, among other research.
Upgrading & Fouling
From fundamental studies to field experience in the understanding and management of fouling from asphaltenes, coking, and long chain polymerization (gum deposits) in heat exchangers, furnaces, and other refinery units, as well as upgrading of heavy oil and its application in oil production.