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Experimental Study of Surfactant Retention on Kaolinite Clay

Wu, Y. and Iglauer, S. and Shuler, P. and Tang, Y. and Goddard, W. A., III (2011) Experimental Study of Surfactant Retention on Kaolinite Clay. Tenside Surfactants Detergents, 48 (5). pp. 346-358. ISSN 0932-3414.

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We measured equilibrium surfactant retention on kaolinite clay for a large array of surfactants. We demonstrate that the mass balance measurements we used are a rapid way to screen surfactants in terms of their potential to be used in enhanced oil recovery applications. Surfactant classes investigated include: alkyl(aryl) sulfonates, ethylene oxide-propylene oxide copolymers, ethoxylated alkylphenols, alkyl polyglucosides, sorbitan ester ethoxylates, alkyl alcohol propoxylated sulfate sodium salts, gemini surfactants, sulfosuccinates and organo silicone-ethylene oxide-propylene oxide terpolymers. We identified several surfactants which had zero retention under the test conditions and which may therefore be suitable as enhanced oil recovery chemicals in surfactant flooding schemes. We discuss surfactant retention mechanisms on kaolinite clay and analyze surfactant structure-retention relationships for several surfactant classes.

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Additional Information:© 2011 by Carl Hanser Verlag. Received: 14.11.2010; Revised: 03.04.2010. The authors thank the Department of Energy (DE-FC26-01 BC15362) for their financial support for this project, and the technical assistance of Chevron and Akzo Nobel. We also wish to thank the Cognis Corporation for supplying APG surfactant samples.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FC26-01BC15362
Subject Keywords:Surfactant retention; kaolinite clay; surfactant flooding; retention mechanism; enhanced oil recovery
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