Sulfonation of phenols extracted from the pyrolysis oil of oil palm shells for enhanced oil recovery.

Awang, Mariyamni and Goh , Meng Seng (2008) Sulfonation of phenols extracted from the pyrolysis oil of oil palm shells for enhanced oil recovery. ChemSusChem, 1 (3). pp. 210-214. ISSN 18645631

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The cost of chemicals prohibits many technically feasible enhanced oil recovery methods to be applied in oil fields. It is shown that by-products from oil palm processing can be a source of valuable chemicals. Analysis of the pyrolysis oil from oil palm shells, a by-product of the palm oil industry, reveals a complex mixture of mainly phenolic compounds, carboxylic acids, and aldehydes. The phenolic compounds were extracted from the pyrolysis oil by liquid-liquid extraction using alkali and an organic solvent and analyzed, indicating the presence of over 93% phenols and phenolic compounds. Simultaneous sulfonation and alkylation of the pyrolysis oil was carried out to produce surfactants for application in oil fields. The lowest measured surface tension and critical micelle concentration was 30.2 mNm(-1) and 0.22 wt%, respectively. Displacement tests showed that 7-14% of the original oil in place was recovered by using a combination of surfactants and xanthan (polymer) as additives.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:palm oil; phenol; polymer; sulfone; sulfonic acid derivative; surfactant; vegetable oil; alkylation; article; chemistry; cost; isolation and purification; Alkylation; Costs and Cost Analysis; Phenol; Plant Oils; Polymers; Sulfones; Sulfonic Acids; Surface-Active Agents
Subjects:T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Academic Subject Two:Geosciences
Academic Subject Three:petroleum engineering
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Geoscience & Petroleum Engineering
ID Code:2879
Deposited By: Prof Dr Mariyamni Awang
Deposited On:30 Sep 2010 04:21
Last Modified:20 Mar 2017 08:24

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