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Practical Nanotechnology for Petroleum Engineers

1st Edition

By Chun Huh, Hugh Daigle, Valentina Prigiobbe, Masa Prodanovic

CRC Press

350 pages | 20 Color Illus. | 116 B/W Illus.

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This book is a concise but well-organized introduction to nanotechnology (NT) which the upstream oil industry is now vigorously adapting to develop its own unique applications for improved oilfield operations and, oil and gas production. Its reader will learn nanotechnology fundamentals, be introduced to important NT products and applications from other industries and learn about the current state of development of various NT applications in the upstream oil industry, which include innovative use of nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery; drilling and completions; reservoir sensing; and production operations and flow assurance.

Key Features

  • Exclusive title on potential of nanoparticle-based agents and interventions for improving myriad of oilfield operations
  • Unique guide for nanotechnology applications developers and users for oil and gas production
  • Introduces nanotechnology for oil and gas managers and engineers
  • Includes research data discussions relevant to field
  • Offers a practical applications-oriented approach

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1. Why are Nanoparticles so Exciting?

1.2. What is There with Nanotechnology for Petroleum Engineers?

1.3. Summary of Chapters of the Book


Chapter 2: Nanoparticle Synthesis and Surface Coating

2.1. Requirements for Nanoparticles for Oilfield Use

2.2. Synthesis in the Liquid Phase

2.3. Synthesis in the Gas Phase

2.4. Nanoparticle Surface Modification & Functionalization

2.5. Other Forms of Nanomaterials

2.6. Characterization of Produced Nanoparticles

2.7. Examples of Nanoparticle Synthesis and Surface Coating

2.8. Concluding Remarks


Chapter 3: Nanoparticles in Fluids

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Dispersion Stability of Nanoparticles in Fluids

3.3. Nanoparticle Transport in Porous Media


Chapter 4: Nanoparticles at Fluid Interfaces

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Mechanism of Adsorption of Nanoparticles at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces

4.3. Stability of Thin Film Between Bubbles Within a Foam


Chapter 5: Nanomagnetism

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Nanomagnetism Basics

5.3. Hydrodynamics of Superparamagnetic Nanoparticle (SNP) Displacements

5.4. Ferrofluids

5.5. Magnetic Sensing

5.6. Hyperthermia Heating

List of Abbreviations



Chapter 6: Nanotechnology and the environment

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Release of Nanoparticles into the Environment

6.3 Human Health Risk Assessment

6.4 Environmental Regulation


Chapter 7: Drilling and Completions

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Drilling Fluids

7.3 Fracturing Fluids

7.4 Cement Integrity

7.5 Improved Hardware Materials

7.6 Smart Coatings



Chapter 8: Production Operations and Flow Assurance

8.1. Introduction

8.2 Emulsion and Colloidal Particulate Removal from Produced Fluids

8.2.1 Magnetic Nanoparticle-Based Removal of Oil Droplets from Produced Water

8.3 Inhibition of Scale/Organic Particulate Deposition

8.4 Flow Assurance for Oil/Gas Pipelines and Surface Facilities

8.5 MNP-Based Brine Hardness Reduction

8.6 Improved Conformance Control Using Temperature Responsive Gel

8.7 Fines Migration Control


Chapter 9: Reservoir Sensing

9.1. Enhanced Reservoir Imaging

9.2. Nanoparticles as Intelligent Tracers

9.3. Downhole Monitoring


Chapter 10: Enhanced Oil Recovery: Foams And Emulsions

10.1. Introduction

10.2. CO2 Foams for Improved Mobility Control

10.3. CO2 Foams Stabilized by Fly Ash and Other Nanoparticles

10.4. Emulsions for Improved Reservoir Sweep


Chapter 11: Enhanced Oil Recovery: Wettability Alteration And Other Topics

11.1. Introduction

11.2. Wettability Alteration and Imbibition Enhancement

11.3. Use of Nanoparticles for Surfactant/Polymer EOR

11.4. Nanoparticle-Stabilized CO2 Hydrate Structure for Improved CO2 Sequestration

11.5. Concluding Remarks


Chapter 12: Heavy Oil Recovery

12.1. Introduction

12.2. Nanoparticle-Based Oil Recovery Enhancement

12.3. Development of Catalysts for In-Situ Heavy Oil Upgrading

12.4. Development of In-Situ Upgrading Processes

12.5. Field Testing of Nano-Catalysts

12.6. Concluding Remarks


Chapter 13: Conclusions and Future Directions

13.1. Conclusions

13.2. Future Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry

13.3. Challenges in Nanotechnology Implementation

About the Authors

Prof. Chun Huh is one of the world’s leading experts on surfactant- and polymer-based enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods. “Chun Huh equation,” which predicts ultralow interfacial tension from microemulsion solubilization, is widely used for the design of surfactant-based EOR processes. He is also the formulator of “Huh-Scriven paradox,” whose resolution is still being proposed by fluid mechanics researchers working on dynamics of wetting. Since joining UT Austin in 2004, Dr. Huh has started research on use of nanoparticles for a variety of upstream oil industry applications. Some of the applications being developed are: use of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (i) for efficient removal of “contaminants” from oilfield produced water, (ii) for improved oil and gas production flow assurance, and (iii) for precision conformance control; and use of silica nanoparticles for EOR mobility control.

Prof. Masa Prodanovic, Dept. of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

Prof. Hugh Daigle, Dept. of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

Prof. Valentina Prigiobbe, Dept. of Civil, Environmental & Ocean Engineering, Stevens Inst. of Technology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Fossil Fuels