Dr. Robert Marriott of the University of Calgary has been appointed the Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd. Industrial Research Chair in Applied Sulfur Chemistry.
Dr. Marriott is an experimental thermodynamicist with research interests in high-pressure sour gas properties and sulfur chemistry. His group focuses on optimizing gas conditioning in the presence of H2S, bulk fluid separation by ionic liquids, water-hydrocarbon mixture chemistry (including hydrates) and fundamental properties of elemental sulfur under industrial conditions.
Research is carried out through an IRC program in the Department of the Chemistry and is sponsored by the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., Husky Oil Operations Ltd., Shell Canada Ltd., Suncor Energy Ltd., Total E&P Canada Ltd., the University of Calgary and Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.
Since 1964, department members at Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd. have applied their chemical research towards helping sour gas producers in western Canada and now world-wide. Currently faculty working with ASRL focus on efficiently separating H2S and CO2 form raw hydrocarbon, achieving higher recovery of elemental sulfur, conditioning gas production fluids and understanding the physical chemistry of injectate fluids. This is helping to reduce the release of SO2 into the environment and creating cleaner fuels for end-users.
Prior to taking his faculty position at the University of Calgary, Dr. Marriott spent eight years with ASRL as a research scientist and project manager with interests in understanding elemental sulfur deposition during the production of sour gas, sulfur solvent properties, water content for acid gas mixtures, sulfur degassing mechanisms, reservoir mineral interactions, and pVT properties for SO2 and H2S mixtures.