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Researchers from IIT Detail Findings in Fuel Research

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Current study results on Fuel Research have been published. According to news reporting from Chicago, Illinois, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This paper presents the results of imbibition tests using a reservoir crude oil and a reservoir brine solution with a high salinity and a suitable nanofluid that displaces crude oil from Berea sandstone (water-wet) and single-glass capillaries."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from IIT, "The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) nanofluid is specially formulated to survive in a high-salinity environment and is found to result in an efficiency of 50% for Berea sandstone, compared to 17% using the brine alone at a reservoir temperature of 55 degrees C. We also present a direct visual evidence of the underlying mechanism based on the structural disjoining pressure for the crude oil displacement using IIT nanofluid from the solid substrate in high-salinity brine. These results aid our understanding of the role of the nanofluid in displacing crude oil from the rock, especially in a high-salinity environment containing Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Results are also reported using Berea sandstone and a nanofluid containing silica nanoparticles."

For more information on this research see: Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Using Nanoparticle Dispersions: Underlying Mechanism and Imbibition Experiments. Energy & Fuels, 2014;28(5):3002-3009. Energy & Fuels can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; Energy & Fuels -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H. Zhang, IIT, Dept. of Chem & Biol Engn, Chicago, IL 60616, United States. Additional authors for this research include A. Nikolov and D. Wasan.

Keywords for this news article include: Energy, Chicago, Illinois, Oil & Gas, Oil Recovery, United States, Fuel Research, North and Central America

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