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

Awang, Mariyamni (2008) Sulfonation of phenols extracted from the pyrolysis oil of oil palm shells for enhanced oil recovery. ChemSusChem, 1 (3). pp. 210-214. ISSN 1864-5631

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cssc.200700083

Abstract

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:biomass, phenols, pyrolysis oil, surfactants
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Formerly known)
ID Code:8567
Deposited By: Norshiela Buyamin
Deposited On:30 Apr 2009 05:17
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 08:09

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