New Orleans, LA, April 25, 2016– As lead R&D Scientist for Golden Leaf Energy, Kevin Roberson, Ph.D., develops LA-7000®, a drilling fluid lubricant for oil and gas exploration. LA 7000® is a bio-based lubricant designed to reduce the coefficient of friction (CoF) in high-performance water-based muds (HPWBM). As high-angle, extended reach wells continue to increase, rotational torque and drag have become critical challenges for water-based muds. LA 7000® raises the bar for
WBMs CoF to those only achievable in oil-based muds. LA 7000® out performs industry standard offerings in friction reduction between the drill pipe and casing and between the drill-pipe and the wellbore. LA 7000® has no hydrocarbons, is non-toxic, ultimately biodegradable, and is stable at high temperatures. This product was launched spring 2016.
Golden Leaf Energy and Roberson used the LA-7000® development process as an opportunity to expose Dillard University (DU) students to corporate level, industrial R&D. The students enrolled in “Chemical Research” gained hands-on experience in a corporate research lab. Research goals for the students included synthesizing active ingredients and measuring the efficacy of proprietary formulas in reducing the CoF.
Strategic partnerships with industry is reported to increase retention and graduation rates, comprehension of STEM curriculum, and workforce development among minority students. “STEM fields are essential to US competitiveness and economic growth, and according to US News, the lack of minorities in the STEM workforce is primarily due to the lack of access. It is my goal to create career pathways for students by integrating career related experiences into the curriculum. I found GLE to be an excellent gateway as these opportunities make DU students more competitive and better prepared for careers in the STEM field.” said Roberson. Students found this opportunity unique and an exciting shift from the traditional university laboratory setting. “This was a very appreciable experience because I gained knowledge of what it feels like to conduct research in an [industrial] lab. Conducting research at Golden Leaf Energy was a very beneficial experience that I will never forget!” said Ms. Aundriana Burtley, a senior chemistry major at DU set to graduate in May 2016.
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