New Generation Technology in Deep Carbon Science

DCO is hosting a “New Generation Technology in Deep Carbon Science Symposium" at Rice University from 15-16 January 2014.

The Deep Carbon Observatory is hosting a “New Generation Technology in Deep Carbon Science Symposium," Rice University, Houston, Texas, January 15-16, 2014.

What: The objective of this symposium, sponsored by DCO and Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, and Center for Energy Studies, is to offer a platform for both energy industry and scientists from academic institutions and government labs to discuss current measurement and characterization techniques and propose and evaluate need for future generation technologies in different fields. 

Major topics of mutual research and instrumentation interest include:

Organizing Committee

Rajdeep Dasgupta
Associate Professor, Rice University

Cin-Ty Lee
Professor, Rice University

Taras Bryndzia
Shell International Exploration and Production Company

Jesse Ausubel
Rockefeller University

Russell Hemley
Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington

  • Enhanced oil recovery: novel methods for using natural microbial assemblages for enhancing oil and gas recovery from reservoirs and in-situ upgrading of heavy oil.
  • Characterization of hydrocarbons: development of advanced analytical instruments such as new mass spectrometer and laser-based methods for measuring rare isotopologues that may provide new insight into geochemical characterization of hydrocarbons including unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.
  • Natural gas monitoring: new development of instrumentation for volcanic gas monitoring that may facilitate continuous monitoring of natural gas from conventional and unconventional wells.
  • Hydrocarbon stability and chemistry: novel modeling and experimentation that are providing new insights into hydrocarbon properties and processes at HP/HT conditions.
  • Hydrocarbon source rock: development of high pressure, moderate-temperature bioreactors that may shed new light on to subsurface microbial life and its role in the evolution of unconventional resource plays.
  • Carbon capture and storage: new approaches and methodologies of geologic sequestration of CO2.

The symposium’s format includes a small number of formal presentations on cutting-edge technology and scientific questions on movement, pathways, detection, and characterization of carbon-bearing fluids and gases and their environment. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. Significant time is allowed for informal discussions and breakout groups, with the aim to develop industry-DCO community partnerships for the coming years.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 8 am through an early evening reception; Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8 am through lunch.

Where: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Application: To indicate your interest in attending the symposium, please complete the online application no later than Friday, January 3, 2014.

Note: Preference will be given to researchers and leaders from industry and academia whose interests and activities are closely aligned with the theme of the symposium. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Monday, January 6, 2014. All participants are expected to attend the entire symposium. Funds will be available to cover expenses towards airfare/mileage, hotel accommodations, and meals of the participants. These costs can be reimbursed in accordance with Rice University's travel policies after the symposium.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Rajdeep Dasgupta, the organizing committee chair for the symposium, by phone (713-348-2664) or Rajdeep.Dasgupta [at] rice [dot] edu (subject: DCO%20Technology%20Symposium) email.




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