Special Issue "Application of Nanoparticles for Oil Recovery"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: fundamentals of flow in porous media; experimental reservoir engineering; routine and special core analysis; use of microfluidics in reservoir engineering research; enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods; nanofluids for EOR; wettability of reservoir rocks; measurements of wettability; alteration of wettability; interaction of nanoparticles with porous materials; pore scale studies of EOR processes by micro-CT
Due to their large surface-area-to-volume ratio and enhanced chemical reactivity, nanoparticles have attracted interest among researchers in the upstream petroleum industry for oil recovery applications. Nanoparticles have been studied as additives to waterflooding from day one of production as well as additives at later-stage waterflooding (secondary and tertiary recoveries). Many types of nanoparticles have been tested, and the aims of the nanoparticles have been either to reduce the mobility of the injected fluid relative to that of oil or to increase the ratio of viscous to interfacial forces (i.e., capillary number).
The research on nanotechnology for oil recovery has shown potential, but the mechanisms for oil recovery are not fully understood. Studies on the use of surface-functionalized particles for special reservoir rock and fluid properties and reservoir conditions might be the way forward for understanding the mechanisms involved. Our improved ability to study multiphase flow in porous media on pore scale by using microfluidics and micro-CT equipment will also be important for the development of nanotechnology for oil recovery.
This Special Issue welcomes the submission of original research papers and comprehensive reviews that demonstrate or summarize significant advances in the understanding of recovery mechanisms by using nanoparticles in oil recovery. Example topics include: pore scale analysis, mechanisms of recovery due to nanoparticles, adsorption and transport of nanoparticles, wettability alteration, interfacial tension reduction, modelling of nano-EOR processes, and nanoparticles together with other EOR agents.
Prof. Dr. Ole Torsaeter
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- enhanced oil recovery
- mobility control
- interfacial tension
- wettability alteration
- adsorption and transport of nanoparticles
- modelling of nano-EOR processes
- nanoparticles combined with other EOR methods