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Applications of Ionic Liquids in​ ​the Oil Industry

Towards A​ ​Sustainable Industry

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Bentham Science Publishers

The book “Applications of Ionic Liquids in​ ​the Oil Industry: Towards A​ ​Sustainable Industry” includes ten chapters in which some of the most important applications of the use of ionic liquids in the oil industry are reviewed. Chapter 1 describes ionic liquids as chemical products, their properties, synthesis methods, applications in the chemical industry in general. Chapter 2 describes the studies of the application of ionic liquids in the removal of contaminants from oil and its derivatives such as sulfur and nitrogen compounds, in chapter 3, the potential of ionic liquids for the capture of dioxide is shown. of carbon, Chapter 4 shows the application of ionic liquids to the breaking of oil emulsions, and in chapter 5 the application for the transport of heavy crude through the formation of inverse emulsions. Chapter 6 is focused on the study of ionic liquids as corrosion inhibitors in corrosive environments typical of the Oil Industry. Chapter 7 describes the findings on the use of ionic liquids as inhibitors of hydrate formation in deepwater oil wells. In chapter 8, the use in enhanced recovery processes in mature wells. Chapter nine shows us a perspective of the use of ionic liquids as catalysts for the isobutane/butene alkylation reaction and finally, in chapter 10, it briefly deals with some other applications. of ionic liquids in the separation of hydrocarbons, in the stabilization of shale and in the extraction of bitumen from Oil Sand.

The book “Applications of Ionic Liquids in​ ​the Oil Industry: Towards A​ ​Sustainable Industry” may be of interest to students interested in chemistry as a science, chemical processes, the oil industry, and to all researchers dedicated to the fascinating world of ionic liquids.


About the editor:

Dr. Rafael Martínez Palou was born in Havana, Cuba. He studied Chemistry at the Havana University and his MSc. (1998) and PhD. (2001) in Chemical at the National School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. He did a postdoctoral stay at the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP), where he was subsequently hired as a Scientific Researcher. In 2016 he carried out a research stay at the Imperial College of London sponsored by the Newton funds from the U.K. In 2019, he presented the research project "Technology for the transport of heavy crude oil through the formation of crude oil emulsions in water" and was the winner of the call to participate in the Acceleration Program of the Mexican Energy Council (COMENER) in the Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2020.

He work as researcher at Mexican Petroleum Institute since 2002 where he has been Research Project Leader in the development and application of organic chemical products for the Oil Industry and in the valorization of biomass products. He is currently assigned to the Research Department for the Development of Catalysts and Chemical Products and is the leader of research projects and professor at the institute's own graduate school. He belongs to the National System of Researchers, level III (2019-2023).


Dr. Natalya Likhanova (born in Russia in 1974) is a Mexican researcher who has been working at the Mexican Petroleum Institute for 19 years. She pursued doctoral studies in Chemical Pharmaceutical Sciences and her Ph.D. degree was awarded in 2001 by the Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine for the thesis work entitled “Synthesis and study of physical, chemical and biological properties of 1-R-4-hydroxy-2-oxoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid alkylamides,” which was developed at the National Academy of Pharmacy of Ukraine. Her areas of expertise include: organic synthesis, ionic liquids, and oil recovery by chemical processes. She has been the leader of 9 research projects for oil production. More than 70 publications in JSR journals with more than 2300 citations evidence the impact of her work. Dr. Likhanova became the proud recipient of a certificate of recognition bestowed upon her by the prestigious Applied Surface Science journal for the most cited article in 2006-2010. As for her academic and research contributions, she is currently a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico, and was distinguished by the Board of Directors of the Mexican Academy of Sciences with a Research Award in the area of Engineering and Technology in 2015; in addition, in 2018, she received an award from the Mexican Petroleum Institute for the training of human resources. At present, Dr. Likhanova is a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and has been invited and participated as an international evaluator of research projects.



Ionic liquids, Hydrate inhibitors petroleum, Deepwater Oil industry, Catalysts Corrosion inhibitors, Alkylate gasoline demulsifiers, desulfurization Water-oil emulsion, denitrogenation CO2 capture, Shale stabilization Water control in wells, Bitumen extraction pollutants, Oil recovery, Heavy crude oil.


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