Computational Design of CO2-Philic Hydrocarbon Polymers to Promote More Efficient Oil Recovery
In order to improve methods of oil recovery, the researchers of this project seek to examine the molecular interactions governing the solubility of polymers and hydrocarbons in supercritical carbon dioxide. Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) injection associated with Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) is an effective oil recovery method, but the low viscosity of scCO2 can result in the loss of high molecular weight hydrocarbons and lower recovery yield. This research aims to address these issues through the examination of factors such as small molecular fragment solubility, polymer solubility and copolymer ternary phase equilibrium in scCO2 and hydrocarbons. Computational methods may include radial distribution functions and multidimensional distribution functions to determine molecular-level fragment interactions.
Principal Investigator: Wick, Collin -- Chemistry, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology
ACS Petroleum Research Fund
|Start Period: 09/01/2010
||End Period: 08/31/2013