‘Smart water’ may help maximize reservoir production

WORLD OIL | Now there’s evidence that oil and water do mix. Sort of. Scientists at Brown School of Engineering show that microscopic saltwater droplets emulsify crude oil when each has the right composition. Understanding how they combine is important to enhanced oil recovery.


Rice chemical and biological engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and her colleagues went to great lengths to characterize the three elements most important to oil recovery: rock, water and the crude itself.


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