Jalal Abedi


Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering


University of Toronto


University of Toronto


Abadan Institute of Technology

Contact information


Office: 403.220.5594

Web presence

Personal website


Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology : CCIT 224



Design for Oil and Gas Engineering II (ENPE 531)

Introduction to Reservoir Engineering (ENPE 523)

Design for Oil and Gas Engineering I (ENPE 511)

Partial Differential Equations in Transport Processes (ENCH 401)

Behaviour of Liquids, Gases and Solids (ENGG 201)


Research Seminar in Environmental Engineering (ENEN 601)

Experimental Design and Error Analysis (ENCH 701; ENEN 621)

Computational Methods for Environmental Engineering (ENEN 625)


Research areas

  • Energy and environment
  • heavy oils/solvents
  • biomass/waste gasification and pyrolysis
  • biofuel production

Research activities

Dr. Abedi has established himself as a leading researcher in the field of heavy oil/solvent thermodynamics in both Canadian academia and the energy industry. His leading edge research focuses on the phase behavior of heavy oil or bitumen with solvents. He is also conducting research studies in the renewable fuels field. His major activities in this area involve the production of fuel from renewable sources, such agricultural wastes, and examination of their properties and characteristics. His research group has been successful in developing some extraction procedures for biofuels from different sources.

By improved understanding of the fundamentals of how solvents interact with heavy oil and affect its recovery, Dr. Abedi is enabling better prediction of in situ extraction process performance. His work is developing new solvent-assisted recovery methods that will use less energy and less water to extract the oil we need.


Dr. Jalal Abedi joined Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2004. Dr. Abedi has also served as a petroleum consultant in the North America and the Middle East. He is the principle investigator of SHARP (solvent\heat assisted recovery processes) Research Consortium at the University of Calgary. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 papers and has received the prestigious recognitions from academia and industry through various awards. In 2013, he was nominated by his peers and selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program (2014-15). As a result, Dr. Abedi is sharing his knowledge on the next generation of energy efficient, low-water usage, heavy oil recovery methods with SPE members through visits to local sections.

Cross appointments and affiliations:



Selected publications:

H. Nourozieh, M. Kariznovi, J. G. Guan, J. Abedi. "Measurement of thermophysical properties and modeling for pseudo-binary mixtures of n-decane and Athabasca bitumen" Fluid Phase Equilibria, 347, (6): 62-75, 2013

F. Seyedeyn Azad, J. Abedi, E. Salehi, T. Harding. "Production of hydrogen via steam reforming of bio-oil over Ni-based catalysts: Effect of support" Chemical Engineering Journal, 180: 145-150, 2012

H. Nourozieh, M. Kariznovi, J. Abedi. "Physical properties and extraction measurements for the Athabasca bitumen + light hydrocarbon system: Evaluation of the pressure effect, solvent-to-bitumen ratio, and solvent type" Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 56 (11): 4261-4267, 2011

K. Ghesmat, H. Hassanzadeh, J. Abedi. "The impact of geochemistry on convective mixing in a gravitationally unstable diffusive boundary layer in porous media: CO2 storage in saline aquifers" Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 673: 480-512, 2011

M. Seifi, J. Abedi, Z. Chen. "Application of porous medium approach to simulate UCG process" Fuel, 116: 191-200, 2014

M. Javaheri, J. Abedi. "The effect of heavy oil viscosity reduction by solvent dissolution on natural convection in the boundary layer of VAPEX" Transport in Porous Media, 99 (2): 307-326, 2013


Selected awards:


U Make A Difference Award, University of Calgary

SPE Distinguished Lecturer


SSE Outstanding Research Excellence Award, Schulich School of Engineering

Department Research Excellence Award, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

SPE Regional Distinguished Achievement Award