Useful Science​

FIRP Lab is a unique facility at the Universidad de Los Andes. We consider ourselves a supporting facility of the industrial and productive sector, bringing knowledge to understand phenomena and know-how to solve actual problems.

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History of FIRP Laboratory​

FIRP Lab is a unique facility at the Universidad de Los Andes. We consider ourselves a supporting facility of the industrial and productive sector, building knowledge to understand phenomena and know-how to solve actual problems. In the last 40 years, our applied/fundamental research, i. e. our “helpful science”, has been translated into know-how for research and development (R&D), training and outreach, and technical services and consulting (counseling and coaching). Our know-how is at the service both of petroleum industries dealing with surfactant applications such as enhanced oil recovery (EOR), remediation of formation damage, drilling fluids, crude oil dehydration, among others, and of industries outside the petroleum area.  Our outstanding contribution has resulted in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate thesis, and more than 700 publications and communications, including a few chapters and patents.

The FIRP Laboratory is the largest scientists and engineers’ association in Latin America working on surfactant science, interfacial phenomena, suspensions, emulsions and foams, and one of the well-recognized applied research centers worldwide.

Our clients and partners include PDVSA, INTEVEP, PECHINEY, LAFARGE, COGNIS, Institut Français du Pétrole, SCHLUMBERGER, BAKER – HUGHES DRILLING FLUIDS, PROCTER & GAMBLE, LIPESA, BASF, QUIDECO, ELF-AQUITAINE, ENITECNOLOGIE, CLARIANT, RHODIA, AKZONOBEL, UNILEVER, RESINAS MULTIPLES, OXITENO, WHEATHERFORD, CHAMPION, PLUSPETROL, TOTAL, ECOPETROL, CEPSA, CENOVUS etc., in Venezuela and abroad.

Technologies

Comercialized Equipments

Equipos
para I&D

Innovación en Formulación

Equipos
pilotos

Industry - University Relationship

We have an employment and academic relationship with both the university and the industrial union, through our various departments of technical development, equipment and conferences. For more information, refer to the sections indicated below:

Teaching

For Academics

Products for learning and training: bibliographic support (FIRP notebooks, presentations, general bibliography), as well as open access publications. Our industrial partners have preferential access to our electronic bookstore.

For Industrials

Non-Conventional University Products: support services in research, development and innovation, for the productive sector, continuous training and extension courses for know-how transfer, training and internship for the productive sector.

Creation

For Academics​

Research and development projects, oriented to the training of our professionals in the different areas that comprise the knowledge of our laboratory through all our years of experience.

For Industrials

An important feature in this type of training corresponds to “in-house” courses with programs designed “on demand” and confidential, for industrialists who ask for training with a strong know-how component.

Consultancy

For Academics​

Products for learning and training: bibliographic support (FIRP notebooks, presentations, general bibliography), as well as open access publications. Our industrial partners have preferential access to our electronic library, in particular they receive guidance on what to read and in what order to solve a problem.

For Industrials

We offer support services in research, development and innovation, for the productive sector, for Venezuela and abroad. In the FIRP laboratory, we are a group of more than 20 professors from the ULA, engineers, pharmacists, chemists with competence and experience in various areas of knowledge, some with previous experience in the industry.

Treasure

Thesis

Publications

FIRPBOKK

Multimedia

Extras

Some of our clients