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Surfactants and Emulsions

Level 1

This introductory-intensive course it is dedicated to any business’s staff that expend or produce surfactants in various applications like scattered systems, particullarly emulsions, in various industries: petroleum, paints, polymer, products of personal care, detergent, pulp and paper, food, phytosanitary, etc. At the end of the course the participants will have the basic know-how about phisical-chemical formulation, and how it influences over the properties of multi-phases systems and particularly the micro and macro-emulsions.

Surfactants and Emulsions - Formulations and Applications

Level 2 (advanced)

This course is about the know-how that allows the achievement of the desired relationship between the phisical-chemical formulation and the properties of systems at equillibrium or emulsifyed, that contains surfactants, water and oil for various applications. It is addressed to professionals and superior technicians involved in investigations and development, that has taken the first level of this course’s series and then they has a solid base on the field.

Enhanced Recovery of Oil with Surfactants (ASP)

Present the properties of systems containing surfactant, water and oil, in order to provide a basic understanding and level the knowledge of the participants regarding the fundamentals that govern the interfacial phenomena and the physicochemical formulation, as well as the oil entrapping after secondary recovery by water drainage that only reaches 25-30% of the crude oil on site. Locate these concepts within the framework of oil production through improved recovery processes through the use of alkali, surfactants and polymers (ASP). The recent advances in the selection of surfactant products, the technologies in field testing, and the state of the art in research and development will be discussed, making this method one of the most likely to help solve the planet’s energy problem. in the next decades.

Surfactants, emulsions, y formulations:

Products for home y personal care.

This course is intended for research and development staff and technical personnel preparing products for the home and for personal care using systems with surfactant for actions of removal of dirt and surface treatment. As the mechanisms are similar in terms of the action of the formulation, this course treats both detergent or cleaning products for your home, as well as softer and often more complex products such as gels or creams for personal care. We have offered different in-house versions of this course outside of Venezuela to transnational detergents, cleaners, cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies, and it is the first time that it is offered in Mérida with free access and a demonstrative practice of new techniques of state preparation. art. It is a know-how course on how to relate what is done to what is obtained in the formulation of complex surfactant-water-oil systems to produce micro-emulsion and macro- and nano systems -emulsions in various applications.


Present the properties of systems containing Surfactants, water and oil, with the purpose of providing a basic understanding and leveling the knowledge of the participants regarding the fundamentals that govern the interfacial phenomena, the physicochemical formulation of the emulsions and their properties. Locate these concepts within the framework of petroleum production (surfactant = asphaltenes, oil = crude, water = brine) and apply them to the processes of dehydration and desalination. The methods of selection of a dehydrating product, of the technologies used in the field and of the state of the art in research-development and scientific research will be discussed.

Rheology and Reometry

Rheology is a scientific discipline that has to do with the study of the deformation and flow of materials. Many materials, natural or man-made, exhibit unusual flow behaviors that are often what is expected from such material. An example of this type of behavior is the one that exhibits the paint: it must flow easily when applied with a brush or roller, but the flow must stop almost completely once it has been applied to prevent it from dripping onto the wall . The Rheology deals with the study of this type of fluid, the causes of behavior and its manifestation under flowing conditions. In this sense, the Rheology is based on Rheometry, which is basically a set of techniques to carry out rheological measurements. In this course the basic concepts of Rheology and Rheometry are introduced, as well as the microscopic and macroscopic causes that produce the different rheological behaviors are examined. We also present the cases of several fluids whose behavior can be considered as complex, such as emulsions, suspensions and foams.

Processes and Technologies of Membrane with Separation

This intensive introductory course is aimed at giving an accurate view about the processes of separation with membranes. Membrane separation processes are increasingly used industrially due to their flexibility, simple operation, adaptability to existing processes and ease of expansion. Due to the above, processes with membranes are found in a wide range of industries. At the end of the course the participants will have basic knowledge about the different processes of separation with membranes, its foundations and the possible applications that these may have in their area of work.

Stirring - Mixing - Emulsification

It is an intensive course for the professional and technical personnel of companies that use agitation and mixing processes, either to dissolve one phase in another, either to produce an intimate contact between phases in view of a chemical reaction, either for achieve a certain degree of microscopic dispersion in the form of solid suspension, emulsion, etc. Other operations include the aeration of a fermentation medium, the treatment of waste water, emulsion polymerization, the mixing of colloids and other concentrated and viscous polymer solutions, the mixing in the liquid phase of detergent-type gelled formulations, soaps , or food, the manufacture of complex polyphase systems such as paints, drilling mud, cosmetics, creams and bath gels, the emulsified conditioning of asphalts, the mixture of granular fertilizers, the mixture of powdered pigments or pharmaceutical products, etc.


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