Applications of Ionic Liquids in the Oil Industry: Towards A Sustainable Industry

Application of ILs in the Breaking of Emulsions Found in the Oil Industry

Author(s): Rafael Martínez Palou and Natalya V. Likhanova

Pp: 58-74 (17)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815079579123010006

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Emulsions are commonly found in oil and cause major operational problems, so emulsion breakage is a major issue in this industry. Among the alternatives for breaking emulsions is the use of de-emulsifying products and among them, some ILs with amphiphilic properties have gained an important place by demonstrating a very good efficiency as emulsion breakers in combination with other methods such as heating. 

Keywords: Amphiphilic, Demulsifiers, Emulsions, Ionic liquids, Microwave, O/W, W/O.

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