SXT Presented at ECIS 2016

Last month, the CSGI team presented 3 posters showcasing their work in SXT, at ECIS 2016: the 30th Conference of the European Colloid and interface Society, which took place in Rome, between September 4-9.


Lo Nostro P. “Innovative systems for the control of viscosity of polymer dispersions for shale gas applications” [See PDF]

Tatini D. “Physico-chemical properties of green hydraulic fracturing fluids for European shale gas extraction” [See PDF]

Sarri F. “Rheology of green gelling agents in fracturing fluid formulations for shale gas exploitation” [See PDF]


Summer Challenge: Engineering Solutions from Nature

On July 26th, 10 talented prospective engineers completed the first ShaleXenvironmenT ‘Summer Challenge’. They learned about the UCL departments of Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering, and about the Institute of Making.

They learned about shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, fuel cells, fluorescent algae and catalysts, among other things, and they also saw how chemical engineers contribute to producing pharmaceuticals. Inspired by nature, the 10 students then successfully completed an individual project and presented enthusiastically their refreshing ideas.

We wish these young scientists the best of luck for their future career, and we hope to see them in our classrooms in 2017.

Learn more about the UCL Summer Challenge programme.

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ShaleXenvironmenT’s First Annual Meeting

The ShaleXenvironmenT consortium gathered in Liblice, Czech Republic for its First Annual Meeting between June 19-22, 2016.

10 months into the project,  this meeting was an opportunity for all the researchers working on the project to meet and update each other on their research progress. Moreover, students in the different research groups joined the meeting, and a poster presentation of their work was organised.

It was the first time the Industry Practitioners and the External Advisory Boards (see members here) had a chance to meet, and they fed back valuable advice to the consortium.

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External Boards recruited

ShaleXenvironmenT’s two external boards, the ‘External Advisory Board’ and the ‘Industry Practitioners Board’ are now complete. Almost all members in both boards will be attending the upcoming annual consortium meeting.

A full list of the external board members is available here.

European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbons Extraction – Annual Conference in Brussels


Prof. Alberto Striolo, ShaleXenvironmenT’s Coordinator, presented the project and the consortium’s first results at the European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbons Extraction Annual Conference.

The Conference, bringing together practitioners from industry, research, academia and civil society, took place in Brussels on February 23rd 2016, and Prof. Striolo’s presentation can be consulted here.

More information and the other speakers’ presentations are available on the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre website.


CSGI is looking for an early-stage researcher

2 September 2015

CSGI is looking for a young talented person with a Master degree in Chemistry (or equivalent) with expertise in physical chemistry of formulations, colloid and surface sciences and a documented experience in using the instrumental techniques that are relevant to the project, but with no more than four years of experimental work after the achievement of the Master degree. Time period: 1 November 2015 – 31 October 2016. The contract is renewable annually up to three years
Gross salary: up to EUR. 16.200 for the time period above specified. More information on how to apply…

ShaleXenvironmenT’s kick-off meeting

14-15 May 2015

ShaleXenvironmenT’s partners and collaborators gathered up at UCL in London prior to the start date of the project, in order to discuss the project’s objectives and discuss its first priorities. The meeting featured a presentation of all work packages, brainstorming sessions and discussions centered around the project’s management (finances, meetings, communication, etc.).

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