Introducing the new ACPA Seminar Series, a monthly webinar series including various topics of interest related to advancing the Chemical Profession in Alberta. For the seventh seminar in this series, we are happy to introduce Tom De Haas, Co-Founder of Interface Fluidics to speak on 'Microfluidics at 1000 bar. Applications of high-pressure microfluidics and nanofluidics in the energy industry.' on February 15, 2022.  Each seminar will be eligible for 1 PDC credit.


6:45 - 6:59 PM MT - Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM MT - Presentation and Q&A

Microfluidics at 1000 bar. Applications of high-pressure microfluidics and nanofluidics in the energy industry.

The energy industry is in the midst of a major transition. Large oil and gas producers are seeking to reduce their carbon emissions and improve efficiency. In order to make these changes, companies need data on critical fluid properties. Traditional laboratory methods for the analysis of fluids at high-pressure (up to 1000 bar or 15,000 psi) and high temperature (>200C) are expensive and slow. 

In this presentation, I will review new microfluidic and nanofluidic methods for analyzing the properties of reservoir fluids. These analyses include minimum miscibility pressure, phase behaviour, nano-confined phase behaviour, and measuring the performance of chemicals in recovering oil from rock. These methods have all been developed over the past 5 years by the team of scientists and engineers at Interface Fluidics.

Speaker Bio

Tom De Haas, Co-Founder of Interface Fluidics

Tom leads the development of the software and hardware in Interface’s automated nanotechnology platform. Tom co-founded Interface Fluidics in 2015 with Stuart Kinnear and David Sinton. Since 2015, Interface Fluidics has many of the world's largest energy companies as clients, has raised 15 million dollars in funding, and has grown to employ more than 40 people across offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Houston.

Tom brings practical experience to Interface through his experience working at Suncor Energy, developing and applying new technologies to improve business outcomes across steam extraction processes, piping, and pressure vessel design.

He earned a Masters of Applied Science specializing in microfluidics for energy applications from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria.

Registration Information

Cost:  FREE
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2022

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