Colloids

A team of StFX chemists, including Dr. Gerry Marangoni, Dr. Rom Palepu and Dr. James Cormier are conducting research in the area of colloids and emulsions. This group is synthesizing and characterizing new surfactants, with important applications in areas of interest to the oil and gas industry, such as soil remediation and treatment of sour gas deposits. This research team has submitted a proposal to the Atlantic Innovation Fund (Round 2) for funding to extend this work. A planned Canada Research Chair in Colloid Chemistry will expand the research group's expertise and allow work to broaden in other commercial areas such as herbicide/pesticide application, food processing and formulation of detergents

A dynamic partnership with Newpark Canada Inc. in research and services for the oil and gas industry is bridging the gap between scientific research and industry needs in Atlantic Canada.

On September 22, 2003, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) awarded StFX, through the Atlantic Innovation Fund, approximately $3.5 million to establish a Gemini Surfactants Technologies Research Laboratory for Drilling Mud Remediation within the Centre for Applied Petroleum Sciences. With substantial cash and in-kind contributions from Newpark Canada Inc., Dr. Gerry Marangoni and his team will create and synthesize novel Gemini surfactants for deployment in new remediation technologies for contaminated muds. The Lab will also have the ability to carry out future research and development programs related to new drilling mud systems.

A leading petroleum-industry services company, Newpark Canada Inc., has committed $150,000 in 2003 toward the establishment of a regional high-tech centre and research laboratory in StFX's new Center for Applied Petroleum Sciences. Standing the construction site of the new Physical Sciences Complex, which will house the centre, are Dr. Gerry Marangoni, chemistry Professor and leader of the centre, university president Dr. Sean Riley and Brendan Brothers, vice-president East Coast Operations for Newpark Canada Inc.
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James Cormier, Ph.D. James Cormier, Ph.D.
Phone: 902-867-5080
Fax: 902-867-2414
Email: jcormier@stfx.ca
Gerry Marangoni, Ph.D. Gerry Marangoni, Ph.D.
Phone: 902-867-2324
Fax: 902-867-2414
Email: gmarango@stfx.ca
 Rom Palepu, Ph.D. Rom Palepu, Ph.D.
Phone: 902-867-3886
Fax: 902-867-2414
Email: rpalepu@stfx.ca