(717g) Self-Assembly and Phase Behavior in Alkane/Water/Surfactant Mixtures with Two or Three Liquid Phases

Authors: 
Siepmann, J. I., University of Minnesota
Harwood, D. B., University of Minnesota
Cortés-Morales, A. D., University of Minnesota
Peters, C. J., Petroleum Institute
Bai, P., University of Minnesota

Multi-component mixtures that exhibit a liquid–liquid miscibility gap are of utmost importance for the oil and gas industries because of the prevalence of hydrocarbons and water in many processes.  Here we present configurational-bias Monte Carlo simulations in the Gibbs ensemble to investigate the liquid-liquid and liquid-liquid-liquid equilibria for binary and ternary mixtures containing water/(n-decane or n-dodecane)/(2-butoxyethanol or ethanol).   Analysis of the simulation trajectories yields a wealth of information on self-assembly and other microheterogeneous features present in the different liquid phases.
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