Nanoparticles in upstream applications

Muhammad Arif, Ravi Shankar Kumar

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    The use of nanoparticles (NPs) in the hydrocarbon industry has seen a remarkable interest lately due to their tremendous potential while the stability issues associated with NPs remain a key challenge in terms of the large-scale application. This chapter demonstrates the use of several NPs such as SiO2, TiO2, CuO, Al2O3, and ZnO, in oil field applications, and addresses their inherent stability as a governing factor. Moreover, this chapter illustrates the advantages, applicability, and technical qualifications of NPs to understand the pertinent governing principles from a physicochemical perspective. Several oil field practices such as drilling, cementing, fracturing fluid, stimulation, and enhanced oil recovery are demonstrated in this chapter via a critical analysis of the laboratory investigations and field trials. Thus, this chapter summarizes the NP applications for the upstream industry and may add value to understanding the real field challenges and provide insights into the outlook of the subject matter.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationDevelopments in Petroleum Science
    Number of pages30
    StatePublished - Jan 2023

    Publication series

    NameDevelopments in Petroleum Science
    ISSN (Print)0376-7361


    • Cementing
    • Drilling
    • Enhanced oil recovery
    • Fracturing
    • Nanoparticles
    • Stability


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