Nanotechnology and Nanostructured Polymers for Oil & Gas Applications

R. Advincula
Case Western Reserve University,
United States

Keywords: polymers, Oil & Gas

Summary:

High performance materials and fluids are essential for meeting the demands of exploration and production (E&P) in the oil and gas industry as it meets challenging extreme environments and unconventional resources. On the other hand, with the low price environment in crude oil and gas, the cost of materials (from stimulation chemicals to coatings) for production needs to be controlled in order to render projects to be viable. The question is if nanotechnology and high performance nanostructured polymers can meet these needs. In this talk, we will highlight different types of technology and materials including methods that can enable efficient production methods and performance in unconventional resources. Some examples include: nanocomposite high performance coatings, stimuli-responsive gels, proppant coatings, graphene and CNT based fluid loss control agents , nanostructuring of surfaces to produce efficient oil and water separators including superhydrophobic anti-corrosion coatings. 3-D printing technologies are also utilized to fabricate high performance polymer and composite parts in a limited production mode with built-in complexity. The PETRO Case Consortium at Case Western Reserve University was established to meet the demand for these technologies to meet the unique needs of the oil and gas industry.