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Tuesday, March 31 • 11:15am - 11:30am
Tessa E. Bartges: Characterization of Interfacial Material Isolated from Athabasca Bitumen by FT-ICR MS

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Stable emulsions are an unavoidable consequence of bitumen oil sands recovery, where bitumen and brine are co-produced. In order to avoid refining complications, emulsions must be broken to reduce brine content before bitumen is upgraded. Knowledge of compounds present at the oil/water interface can help determine the most effective method to break undesirable emulsions. Here, we will isolate interfacial material (IM) from Athabasca bitumen using a novel wet silica method. Isolated IM will be characterized by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS).


Tuesday March 31, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am EDT
Civic Center - Meeting Room C - Ground Floor 505 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301