Parviz Rahimi obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 1980 and joined Natural Resources Canada in 1981. For 32 years he has conducted research on upgrading issues related to coal+oil mixture (coprocessing) – first at the CANMET laboratories in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and later on in the oil sands bitumen processability as a senior research scientist in the primary upgrading division of the National Centre for Upgrading Technology (NCUT) and CanmetENERGY in Devon, Alberta, Canada.
His expertise in bitumen chemistry extends beyond molecular characterization and into upgrading processes including field upgrading. He has extensive knowledge of partial upgrading, either using thermal conversion such as visbreaking or partial deasphalting for the purpose of reducing diluent requirements for pipeline transportation. He has assembled a team of experts to address stability and compatibility issues during bitumen and heavy oil production, transportation, and upgrading.
His other research interests include fouling and corrosion related to bitumen processing. He has established a research network for the understanding bitumen/heavy oil processing with universities, government departments, private research organizations, as well as major oil companies across the globe.