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Title: "Smart" Multifunctional Polymers for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Abstract

Recent recommendations made by the Department of Energy, in conjunction with ongoing research at the University of Southern Mississippi, have signified a need for the development of 'smart' multi-functional polymers (SMFPs) for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) processes. Herein we summarize research from the period of September 2003 through March 2007 focusing on both Type I and Type II SMFPs. We have demonstrated the synthesis and behavior of materials that can respond in situ to stimuli (ionic strength, pH, temperature, and shear stress). In particular, Type I SMFPs reversibly form micelles in water and have the potential to be utilized in applications that serve to lower interfacial tension at the oil/water interface, resulting in emulsification of oil. Type II SMFPs, which consist of high molecular weight polymers, have been synthesized and have prospective applications related to the modification of fluid viscosity during the recovery process. Through the utilization of these advanced 'smart' polymers, the ability to recover more of the original oil in place and a larger portion of that by-passed or deemed 'unrecoverable' by conventional chemical flooding should be possible.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
University of Southern Mississippi
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
924164
DOE Contract Number:
FC26-03NT15407
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; PETROLEUM; ENHANCED RECOVERY; EMULSIFICATION; MOLECULAR WEIGHT; POLYMERS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; FLUID INJECTION

Citation Formats

Charles McCormick, and Andrew Lowe. "Smart" Multifunctional Polymers for Enhanced Oil Recovery. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/924164.
Charles McCormick, & Andrew Lowe. "Smart" Multifunctional Polymers for Enhanced Oil Recovery. United States. doi:10.2172/924164.
Charles McCormick, and Andrew Lowe. Tue . ""Smart" Multifunctional Polymers for Enhanced Oil Recovery". United States. doi:10.2172/924164. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/924164.
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title = {"Smart" Multifunctional Polymers for Enhanced Oil Recovery},
author = {Charles McCormick and Andrew Lowe},
abstractNote = {Recent recommendations made by the Department of Energy, in conjunction with ongoing research at the University of Southern Mississippi, have signified a need for the development of 'smart' multi-functional polymers (SMFPs) for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) processes. Herein we summarize research from the period of September 2003 through March 2007 focusing on both Type I and Type II SMFPs. We have demonstrated the synthesis and behavior of materials that can respond in situ to stimuli (ionic strength, pH, temperature, and shear stress). In particular, Type I SMFPs reversibly form micelles in water and have the potential to be utilized in applications that serve to lower interfacial tension at the oil/water interface, resulting in emulsification of oil. Type II SMFPs, which consist of high molecular weight polymers, have been synthesized and have prospective applications related to the modification of fluid viscosity during the recovery process. Through the utilization of these advanced 'smart' polymers, the ability to recover more of the original oil in place and a larger portion of that by-passed or deemed 'unrecoverable' by conventional chemical flooding should be possible.},
doi = {10.2172/924164},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Mar 20 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue Mar 20 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}

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