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Dr. Michael Urynowicz

Director

Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3295

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4398

Email: murynowi@uwyo.edu

Conferences and Events

Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research

Upcoming Events

Biogenically Enhanced Recovery and Bioremediation in Fossil Fuel Reservoirs - March 22-26, 2015 - Denver, CO

CALL FOR PAPERS -

Recent scientific discoveries show that much of the natural gas recovered from fossil fuel reservoirs may be biogenic in origin.  This discovery creates the exciting possibility that microbial methanogenesis can be exploited to extend the productive life of oil and gas wells as well as depleted coal and shale deposits.  In addition to allowing for the production of methane from residual oil, the in situ biological transformation of oil could also enhance oil recovery by reducing the viscosity of the oil and re-pressurizing the reservoir.  Biogenic natural gas production can also be envisioned as a closed-loop process where anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) is converted to methane, providing a sustainable source of renewable energy.  In addition, bioremediation techniques could also be used to treat the waste products associated with fossil fuel recovery including both produced fluids and solid wastes.

This symposium will include the latest information on biogenically enhanced recovery and bioremediation in fossil fuel reservoirs including the technical challenges, environmental effects, and political and regulatory climate.  Presentations on novel approaches and existing research on biogenic enhanced recovery, microbial hydrocarbon formation and transformation, and bioremediation as well as all related topics are welcome.

The topics that would be covered in this session are, but are not limited to:

  • Biogenically enhanced recovery in coal, petroleum, shale and natural gas reservoirs
  • In situ stimulation of methanogenic biodegradation of oil
  • Stimulating microbial methane production in coals
  • Kinetics of microbial conversions in fossil fuel reservoirs
  • Geochemical factors influencing microbial activity
  • Microbial hydrocarbon formation and transformation
  • Novel or enhanced enzyme pathways​
  • Microbial processes in petroleum reservoirs and coal seams​
  • Identification of metabolic pathways and mechanisms
  • Identification of the microbial consortia
  • Increased bioavailability of coal and shale to naturally occurring microbial communities
  • Bioremediation of produced fluids from unconventional reservoirs​
  • Bioremediation of solid waste produced from oilfields and oil and tar sands​
  • COstorage/conversion to CH4 in depleted petroleum reservoirs
  • Regulatory issues and perspectives
  • Laboratory methods


Please submit your abstracts using the ACS Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS) at http://abstracts.acs.org. Any other inquiries should be directed to the symposium organizers:


Michael Urynowicz Ph.D., P.E.

University of Wyoming

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering                             

murynowi@uwyo.edu

 

Donna L. Drogos, P.E.                                                                                          

University of Wyoming

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering

ddrogos@uwyo.edu


Past Events

Secondary Biogenic Coal Bed Natural Gas Conference - June 20-21, 2012 - Laramie, WY

 


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Dr. Michael Urynowicz

Director

Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3295

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4398

Email: murynowi@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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