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1st Edition

Surface Chemistry and Geochemistry of Hydraulic Fracturing

ISBN 9780367516000
Published April 28, 2020 by CRC Press
235 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Unique in focus, Surface Chemistry and Geochemistry of Hydraulic Fracturing examines the surface chemistry and phenomena in the hydrofracking process. Under great scrutiny as of late, the physico-chemical properties of hydrofracking are fully detailed and explained. Topics include the adsorption-desorption of gas on the shale reservoir surface and relevant waste-water treatment dependent on various surface chemistry principles.

The aim of this book is to help engineers and research scientists recognize the basic surface chemistry principles related to this subject.

Written by a long-time expert in the field, this book presents an unbiased account of the hard science and engineering involved in a resource that is gaining growing attention within the community.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Surface Chemistry Essentials of Hydrofracking. Surface Tension of Liquids and Solids. Surface Chemistry of Shale Deposits. Chemicals Used in Hydrofracking. Surfactants Used in Hydrofracking. Adsorption-Desorption of Gases on Solid Surfaces. Purification of Waste-water. Surface Chemistry Essentials and Hydrofracking. Summary of Hydrofracking Techniques. Appendices.

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K.S.Birdi is the author of a range of books related to various aspects of surface chemistry.
He has contributed with a systematic research on the various aspects of surface chemistry (with applications in industry). In addition he has been member of various international scientific societies and consultant to a large number of industrial companies.


‘This is a comprehensive, unbiased, and technical treatment of a very complex and controversial topic. The author is qualified to evaluate the subject, as he is a widely published expert who has been involved in this and other related areas of research for over 50 years. … Engineers and research scientists involved in the extraction of oil and gas and in waste water treatment will find this work the most helpful.

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.’

M. E. McCallum, Colorado State University for Choice, May 2017, Vol. 54 No. 9.


'This book is an essential pedagogical reference of interfacial processes for the fracking technologist, written in an easy-to-absorb style. Fundamental knowledge of interfacial forces is presented within a thermodynamic context, relating interfacial forces to thermodynamic quantities as well as physical processes. A comprehensive chemical perspective is thereby provided of governing physical phenomena in fracking systems, including wetting, adsorption/desorption, coagulation, flocculation, coalescence, foaming, and fracture-induction. Several experimental analytical techniques are discussed, including calorimetry, gravimetric gas adsorption, and emulsion stability determination. In addition, several techniques are presented for specifically measuring interfacial tension values, including contact angle, pendant drop, and Wilhelmy plate. The classic colloidal stability theory DLVO is presented along with an analysis of electro-kinetic processes and viscous forces. All of the advanced scientific theories are presented and discussed using common colloquial language, facilitating rapid understanding and mastery of the topics.

The rigorous thermodynamic, scientific approach adopted in this book ensures direct application to the design and engineering of industrial fracking fluids, reservoirs, and processes, while simultaneously retaining universal applicability to diverse shale compositions. As such, this book provides an effective roadmap for exploiting interfacial phenomenon within the design of industrial fracking systems. A broader view of the fracking industry is adopted, incorporating ancillary topics such as fracking wastewater treatment, oil spills, adhesion, EOR, and detergency. The overall scientific approach in this book opens up substantial insight into the role of interfacial chemistry within the fracking industry. An important reference book for the fracking technology industry.'

Kristofer Gunnar Paso, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.