Wettability alteration and improved flow transport by engineered nanoparticles for petroleum application (WINPA)
Objective: The primary objective is to design and control inorganic nanoparticles enabling interfacial wettability alteration and enhanced flow transport in confined space towards petroleum applications through multiscale experiments and simulations.
Project summary in English:
The continuing increase in worldwide energy demand has motivated recent efforts of nanotechnology enhancing oil recovery. The average oil recovery factor in Norway is much higher than the global average, about 46% compared to only 26% globally. Nevertheless, more than half of the hydrocarbon resources are still sleeping underground with the conventional oil recovery technology. Meanwhile, nanotechnology has significantly contributed to technological advancement in a number of industries, such as microelectronics, biomedicine, materials science etc., while research and application of nanotechnology in the petroleum engineering discipline have been very limited. The most recent surge of interest on nanotechnology applications in upstream oil industry is the functional nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). WINPA is a knowledge building project with the primary objective to establish a fundamental understanding of the physics of nanoparticles dispersed in confined space by means of multiscale experimental and computational methodologies. The central research problems will be related to the interaction of nanoparticles with surrounding environment; explore nanoparticle transport mechanisms in oilfield environment; predict and optimize the flow transport; establish a multiscale model to link nanoparticle structural properties to the transport behavior in reservoir.
Project summary in Norwegian:
Økende globalt energibehov har motivert den siste tids innsats innen nanoteknologi for å øke utvinningsgraden av oljeforekomster. Den gjennomsnittlige utvinningsgraden i Norge er mye høyere enn det globale gjennomsnittet, ca. 46% sammenlignet med bare 26% globalt. Med dagens teknologi blir likevel mer enn halvparten av petroleumsressursene igjen i bakken. Nanoteknologi har bidratt vesentlig til teknologisk utvikling innen en rekke bransjer, som mikroelektronikk, biomedisin, materialvitenskap osv., mens forskning og anvendelse av nanoteknologi innen petroleumsteknologi har vært svært begrenset. Siste trend innen nanoteknologiapplikasjoner i oljebransjen er nanopartikler for økt oljeutvinning (EOR). WINPA er et kompetanseprosjekt med brukermedvirkning der hovedmålet er å etablere en grunnleggende forståelse av fysikken i nanopartikler spredt i avgrenset rom ved hjelp av både eksperimentell og numerisk multiskalametodikk. De sentrale problemstillinger vil være knyttet til samspillet mellom nanopartikler og omgivelsene, utforske transportmekanismene til nanopartikler i et oljereservoar, prediktere og optimalisere transport og etablere en multiskalamodell for å knytte nanopartiklenes strukturelle egenskaper til transportegenskapene i reservoaret.
2018-01-12 Article Atomistic Insights into the Nanofluid Transport through Ultra-confined Capillary is published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
2017-11-21 Article Deformation and Stability of Core–Shell Microgels at Oil/Water Interface is published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.
2017-04-08 Article Effect of Nanoparticles on Spontaneous Imbibition of Water into Ultraconfined Reservoir Capillary by Molecular Dynamics Simulation is published in Energies.
2017-03-07 Article Size and shape effects on thermodynamic properties of nanoscale volumes of water is published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
2016-12-14 Article Displacement Mechanism of Oil in Shale Inorganic Nanopores by Supercritical Carbon Dioxide from Molecular Dynamics Simulations is published in Energy&Fuels.
2016-09-29 Article Molecular Dynamics Study of di-CF4 Based Reverse Micelle in Supercritical CO2 is published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
2016-09-22 Article "The behavior of hydrophobic-core/hydrophilic-shell structured microgels at an interface: from Mickering emulsion to colloidosomes with dual-level controlled permeability" is published in RSC Advances.
2016-09-21 3rd WINPA project meeting
2016-01-19 4th Nano-Petroleum seminar
2015-11-18 3rd Nano-Petroleum seminar
2015-11-10 Article "A SERS Study on the Assembly Behavior of Gold Nanoparticles at the Oil/Water Interface" is published in Langmuir.
2015-03-11 2nd WINPA project meeting
2015-02-04 2nd Nano-Petroleum seminar
2015-01-14 PhD candidate Xiao Wang started
2014-10-31 1st Nano-Petroleum seminar between NTNU Nano and Petroleum
2014-08-14 PhD candidate Bjørn Strøm started
2014-03-26 Project kick-off meeting at NTNU, Trondheim
Project news in Norway Exports Oil & Gas, 2015-10. read more.
Project leader Jianying He was interviewed by Gemini, Kuler kan få meir olje ut frå reservoara, 2014-10-24. read more.
Project news in Dagens Næringsliv, Små kuler, store inntekter, 2014-10-23. read more.
Prof. Ole Torsæter received Darcy Award and Technical Achievement Award, 2014-09-14. read more.
Prof. Zhiliang Zhang co-organized SPE workshop on Exploiting Nanotechnology for Efficient Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery, 23-26 June 2014 in London UK.
Associate Professor Jianying He became one of Outstanding Academic Fellows of NTNU, 2014-06-18. read more.
A popular science article at the Magazine for The Norwegian metacenter for computational science, 2014-05-12. read more.
Project news in Nano2021 programme webpage Nanoteknologi får ut gjenstridig olje, 2013-12-20. read more.