(57f) Designing Brine-Stable, Transportable Nanoparticles for Downhole Sensing
- Conference: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Year: 2012
- Proceeding: 2012 Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety
- Group: 1st International Conference on Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance
- Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 11:00am-11:30am
The continuing increase in worldwide energy demand has motivated recent efforts of designing nanomaterials with signaling, sensing, and detection capabilities for oil exploration.
Contrast-enhancing agents help detect specific targets at threshold levels and through nanoscale properties, enhance response and resolution of existing x-ray, electromagnetic and seismic-based detection methods. We recently synthesized carbon-based nanoparticles with hydrocarbon sensing capability, in which a hydrophobic compound is released when transporting through oil-containing rock (Berlin et al., Energy Environ. Sci., 4:2, 505-509, 2011). I will discuss the design and synthesis of this material, and present evidence for their colloidal stability and transport in briny fluids.