Special Issue "The Development of Catalytic Systems for Heavy Oil"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Alexey Vakhin

Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University (KFU), 18 Kremlyovskaya St., P.O.Box: 420008, Kazan, Russia
Interests: synthesis of nano-sized and oil-soluble catalysts for in-situ heavy oil upgrading; investigation of asphaltenes’ composition, structure, and transformation after thermal influences; developing catalytic systems and hydrogen donors for heavy oil recovery applications; investigation of shale deposits (Domanic and Bazhen), their composition, and their maturity degree; transformations after thermo-catalytic treatment; design and modernization of thermal heavy oil recovery technologies
Guest Editor
Dr. Anton Lvovich Maksimov

A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Interests: synthesis of nano-sized unsupported catalysts for hydrocracking, hydrogenation, hydrodearomatization, and hydrotreatment; selective hydrogenation of unsaturated hydrocarbons and oxygen-containing compounds; producing fuels and additives via catalytic conversion of renewable feedstock; biphasic catalysis and catalysis in alternative media; Immobilized catalysts; mesoporous and hybrid materials for petrochemical and organic synthesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The subsequent depletion of the world’s conventional hydrocarbon resources makes the development of heavy oil reservoirs relevant. Moreover, heavy oil resources can be contrasted with conventional hydrocarbon resources. The main problem in the production and transportation of heavy oil is its abnormally high viscosity that is dependent on significant content of resins and asphaltenes. Thermal production methods are applied to recover heavy oil. Heat energy reduces the viscosity of oil in reservoir rocks and particularly transforms the heavy components as a result of aquathermolysis or in-situ oxidation reactions. However, it is possible to increase the efficiency of thermal production methods and consequently the transportation of heavy oil via the introduction of various catalytic systems. This could be oil-soluble transition metal-based compounds that decompose directly in-situ with further formation of the active form of catalysts in reservoir conditions, or stabilized nanoparticle suspensions or emulsions of nanoparticle precursors, etc. The analogical approaches can be applied in downstream processes of heavy oil in order to significantly facilitate the composition of crude oils and transform resins and asphaltenes by using hydrogen. In this case, it is possible to use dispersed slurry systems as well as supported catalysts on specially selected carriers. Among the problems of synthesizing catalysts for heavy oil upgrading, a special focus is given to their formation, structure, and stability in response to conversions.

Understanding the conversion behaviors of heavy oil in various environments as well as reservoir conditions, and the conversion direction of specific compounds and their groups from oil composition such as resin and asphaltene components, is necessary for the design of modern production, transportation, and refinery technologies of heavy oils.

Dr. Alexey Vakhin
Dr. Anton Lvovich Maksimov
Guest Editors

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  • heavy oil
  • aquathermolysis
  • cracking
  • dispersed catalytic systems
  • special selected carriers
  • hydroconversion
  • hydrogen donors
  • transition metals
  • asphaltenes
  • in-situ upgrading

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