Asphaltenes are the heaviest and most polar component of carbonaceous materials such as crude oil, bitumen, or coal. In bitumen, asphaltenes content can be as high as 15%v. This will translate to up to 500,000 barrels of asphaltenes being produced per day. Currently, such materials, or the conventionally derived products thereof like petcoke, are burned for fuel and/or landfilled.
This study seeks to identify and develop innovative technologies that will contribute to producing high value products from this by-product. Click the link below to read the full summary by NineSigma.