Special Issue "Upgrading Tar Sands and Heavy Crude"
A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2014)
Prof. Dr. Russell R. Chianelli
Director of the Materials Science and Technology Institute , The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968, USA
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Interests: fundamental & applied aspects of materials science applied to petroleum catalysis; fuel cell electrodes; organic/inorganic complex materials and biofuels; bioremediation/environmental catalysis; phytoremediation; environmental statistics; materials research
When one considers North American (including the United States’, Mexico’s, and Canada’s) reserves of Tar Sands and Heavy Petroleum Crude Oils, the estimated reserves are enormous. If we include the Caribbean and South America, we see that we are becoming the “New Middle East”, thus creating great benefits for the economy. However, taking advantage of our huge reserves will require better conventional technology and novel technologies. For advancing conventional technologies, better catalyst are required and a deeper understanding of Asphaltenes (which are at the bottom of Heavy Petroleum Crude Oils) and how to convert them is required. In addition, novel technologies for conversion of these feedstocks are becoming available. These novel technologies promise low pressure, inexpensive conversion of the feedstocks. This Special Issue covers all aspects of research in the described areas and invites all interested contributors who are making significant progress in this area.
Prof. Dr. Russell R. Chianelli
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- tar sands
- heavy petroleum crude oils
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Confirmed author list
Iori Shimada Shinshu University, Japan
Toru Takatsuka Shinshu University, Japan
Pedro Pereira Almao University of Calgary, Canada
Nashaat N. Nassar University of Calgary, Canada