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Materials 2017, 10(4), 369;

Research Advances of Microencapsulation and Its Prospects in the Petroleum Industry

School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, China
Drilling Research Institute, China National Petroleum Corporation, Beijing 102206, China
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Academic Editor: Franz E. Weber
Received: 18 February 2017 / Revised: 13 March 2017 / Accepted: 16 March 2017 / Published: 31 March 2017
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Additives in the petroleum industry have helped form an efficient system in the past few decades. Nowadays, the development of oil and gas has been facing more adverse conditions, and smart response microcapsules with the abilities of self-healing, and delayed and targeted release are introduced to eliminate obstacles for further exploration in the petroleum industry. However, limited information is available, only that of field measurement data, and not mechanism theory and structural innovation data. Thus we propose that the basic type, preparation, as well as mechanism of microcapsules partly depend on other mature fields. In this review, we explore the latest advancements in evaluating microcapsules, such as X-ray computed tomography (XCT), simulation, and modeling. Finally, some novel microencapsulated additives with unparalleled advantages, such as flexibility, efficiency, and energy-conservation are described. View Full-Text
Keywords: microcapsule; petroleum industry; self-healing; corrosion inhibitor; controllable release microcapsule; petroleum industry; self-healing; corrosion inhibitor; controllable release

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Hu, M.; Guo, J.; Yu, Y.; Cao, L.; Xu, Y. Research Advances of Microencapsulation and Its Prospects in the Petroleum Industry. Materials 2017, 10, 369.

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