Project Description

Alberta oil sands mining operations use and recycle large volumes of water for bitumen extraction. Significant advancements have been achieved toward the remediation of oil sands process water (OSPW); however, there are still crucial gaps in our knowledge about the treatment of OSPW, including the application of low-energy treatment approaches at a pilot-scale. The goal of this research project is to develop effective and low-energy treatment strategies for better managing OSPW for its safe discharge or reuse. The proposed research project will center on the optimization and scale up of solar-based photocatalysis and electro-oxidation processes.