Understanding polymer retention in porous formations using microfluidics

Antonia Sugar, Maged F. Serag, Ulrich Buttner, Satoshi Habuchi, Hussein Hoteit

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Understanding polymer transport through porous media is key to successful field implementations of polymer-based enhanced oil recovery (EOR) schemes. The proposed approach of integrating microfluidics and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy represents a novel approach to replicate polymer flow in porous formations and to obtain molecular scale visualization of polymer retention mechanisms. For the first time, we achieved direct visualizations of two polymer transport mechanisms: mechanical entrapment and hydrodynamic retention, that manifest at dynamic conditions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication24th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2020
PublisherChemical and Biological Microsystems Society
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781733419017
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


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