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Reservoir-On-A-Chip: A microfluidic platform for Low cost screening of Thermal EOR Technolgies

Oct 17, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Nexen Annex Theatre (+15 level)
801 - 7th Ave SW
Calgary, AB
This event is currently not open for registration.


In an effort to increase production and reduce emissions from Alberta’s in-situ oil sands facilities, oil companies are evaluating the many new production technologies coming into the market including solvents, surfactants, nano-particles, etc.

Interface Fluidics has developed our microfluidic Reservoir-On-A-Chip platform to understand the pore-scale effects in play when these new production technologies and methods being deployed in the field.

Founded in 2015, and operating a lab at the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, Interface’s team consists of experts in oil sands research and development, microfluidic design, and fabrication. This enables us to work closely with our customer partners to design projects that meet their needs. Interface’s microfluidic devices are manufactured using a wide variety of materials including glass, Teflon, acrylic, or other soft polymers in order to match surface properties, or provide solvent compatibilities as required. One of the founding partners, Dr. David Sinton, has previously worked with the Alberta CO2 Purity Project, a PTAC client, with very successful results.

The ability to screen the plethora of options on the market faster and with a lower investment is increasing the pace of innovation in the industry, and reducing the time and investment required to field implementation.

This presentation will include:

  • Introduction to Interface Fluidics
  • Discussion on Reservoir-On-A-Chip
    o Introduction
    o Case study
    o Comparison of field results to laboratory results
    o Conclusions
  • Other microfluidic capabilities
  • Future of microfluidics for energy
  • Open floor for discussion and questions


The field of microfluidics is the study of fluid flow at the micro scale. The technology was pioneered by the bioscience and semiconductor industries, but has seen significant investment in energy-sector research over the past ten to fifteen years, and has recently reached commercial viability. This technology platform provides an inexpensive and novel method for rigorously controlling variables not traditionally possible with laboratory studies.
Reservoir-On-A-Chip devices allow Interface to perform real-time reservoir and fluid characterization. The ability to visualize flow through porous media at reservoir relevant temperatures and pressures provides a unique understanding of the chemical and physical changes that occur at the micro scale. By controlling the variables, it becomes possible to obtain critical characteristics used in reservoir, chemical and facilities engineering such as emulsion size and distribution, surface wetting, diffusion, dispersion, and condensation fronts.

Who Should Attend

  • Technology directors, managers and advisors
  • Petroleum engineering supervisors and engineers
  • Oil and gas operating companies
  • Specialty chemical producers
  • Service and supply companies
  • Petroleum technology innovators and developers
  • Government policy advisors and managers
  • Regulators
  • Experienced professionals interested in learning about new technologies
Sep 27
12:00 PM Presentation & Discussion
1:00 PM Adjourn
Oct 17
11:30 AM Registration & Lunch
(Noon on Oct 16)
At Event
PTAC Member FREE $25.00


Marc Godin, P.Eng.
Technical Advisor
Katie Blanchett
Operations Manager

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