Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
The research proposed is unique in that we plan to create a practical experiment in order to confirm the conclusions that have only been drawn from theoretical models and computer simulations. I will be examining a binary system of ethane and heptane in a PVT (pressurevolume-temperature) cell with and without volumetric confinement and I will compare my findings to both previous studies of phase behavior in nano-porous media and the results I obtain from a simulation program called SOPE (Simulation of Phase Equilibrium). These funds would allow me to etch the nano-channels that simulate nano-pores and obtain some of the experimental cell components, safety supplies and chemicals I need to begin experimenting. I expect to finish constructing the apparatus this semester and conclude the experiment during the fall of2015. I believe that the results of this experiment will support previous findings in terms of bubble point and in-situ density suppression because the additional variables such as mineral composition, wettability, adsorption and structural heterogeneity will be eliminated with the use of an artificial pore system. Further studies must be conducted to understand the role that each of these parameters plays individually in phase behavior.