Determination of the asphaltene and carboxylic acid content of a heavy oil using a microfluidic device

Bowden, S. A., Wilson, R. , Parnell, J. and Cooper, J. M. (2009) Determination of the asphaltene and carboxylic acid content of a heavy oil using a microfluidic device. Lab on a Chip, 9(6), pp. 828-832. (doi:10.1039/B814495H)

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Abstract

Heavy oil utilisation is set to increase over the coming decades as reserves of conventional oil decline. Heavy oil differs from conventional oil in containing relatively large quantities of asphaltene and carboxylic acids. The proportions of these compounds greatly influence how oil behaves during production and its utilisation as a fuel or feedstock. We report the development of a microfluidic technique, based on a H-cell, that can extract the carboxylic acid components of an oil and assess its asphaltene content. Ultimately this technology could yield a field-deployable device capable of performing measurements that facilitate improved resource management at the point of resource-extraction

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Biodegradation, chip, component, crude oils, deep subsurface, device, England, extraction, hydrocarbons, petroleum, science, system, technologies, technology
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Robert and Cooper, Professor Jonathan
Authors: Bowden, S. A., Wilson, R., Parnell, J., and Cooper, J. M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Lab on a Chip
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1473-0197
ISSN (Online):1473-0189
Published Online:05 December 2008

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