Dr. Chandra W. Angle

Senior Research Scientist

Colloid and Interfacial Phenomena

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects


I have a deep passion for discovery and building new knowledge. The freedom in youth nurtured my scientific enquiry. Over 35 year career in inter-disciplinary scientific research and leadership still assert an undiminished joy in: unravelling stability mechanisms for films, suspended coals, clays, emulsions, bitumen/oil, tailings with polymers and surfactants; I develop new concepts, lead and direct innovative research, built state of art laboratory for interfacial phenomena in multiphase systems, fluid flow.


Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Dewatering Fundamentals of clays, tailings, and MFT.
  • Treatments of suspensions for separations by using sand, and polymers.
  • Flow and stability of bitumen, heavy oil, suspensions and emulsions.
  • Properties of bitumen from non-traditional sources e.g. carbonates.
  • Stability and microstructure of Langmuir oil films on water and surfactants.

Professional activities / interests

  • Leader of a joint research/partnership with University of Melbourne in Chemical and Biological Engineering.
  • Peer reviewer for several International Journals.
  • Mentor for over 90 students, junior scientists, VFs, technical staff.
  • Examiner for PhD students.
  • Technology advisor for SME’s.
  • Reviewer of grants applications for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


  • Different schools and institutes: Columbia U, IIT, UF, U MELB, UMIST-U of Manchester (Chemical Engineering and Alumni), U of Stratclyde (UK), U of Calgary, U of Alberta (alumni and Chemical-Materials Engineering), Dalhousie U (Chemical Engineering), McGill (Chemical Engineering), U of Paris-Sud, BC Research.

Education and awards


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, UMIST, Manchester, UK, 2004.

M.Sc. Mineral Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, 1989.

M.Sc. short courses - Colloid Science, University of Bristol Spring School, U.K, 1983.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Biochemistry, University of Alberta, Canada, 1975.


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award (2013).


National Research Council President award for excellent service with IRAP.

NRCan Long term service awards (5 times).



Key publications

  1. Hua,Yujuan and Angle, Chandra W. 2013. Brewster Angle Microscopy of Langmuir Films of Athabasca Bitumens, n-C5 Asphaltenes, and SAGD Heavy Oils during Pressure-Area Hysteresis. Langmuir. 29, 244-263; doi10.1021/la304205t.
  2. Angle Chandra W. and Tadeusz Dabros. 2013. Grosmont Dolomite Cores from Various Formation Depths after Bitumen Extraction: Dissolution in Brine and Interfacial Properties as a Function of Common Lattice Ion and pH .Energy & Fuels. 27(6), 3050-3060.
  3. Angle, C.W. 2004. Effects of sand fraction on toluene-diluted heavy oil in water emulsions in turbulent flow. Canadian Journal Chemical Engineering. 82(2), 722-734.
  4. Angle, C.W. Long,Y., Hamza, H.A. and Lue, Leo. 2006. Precipitation of asphaltenes from solvent-diluted heavy oil and thermodynamic properties of solvent-diluted heavy oil solutions. Fuel 85, 492-506.
  5. Angle, C.W., Zrobok, R. and Hamza, H.A. 1993. Surface properties and elasticity of oilsands derived clays . J. Applied Clay Sicence. 7(6), 455-470.


Honorary Fellow/Adjunct Professor, Dept Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.