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Chemistry, Bioelectrochemistry, and Electrochemistry in Petroleum Processing and Corrosion Prevention of Petroleum Pipeline

Call for Papers

The processing of petroleum vacuum residue has gained interest because of the increasing demand of light oil fractions and depleting reserves of sweet crude oils. It has been recognized that heavy crude oil will be available in much larger quantities as the supplies of light crude oil are gradually dwindling. The heavier crudes yield more high-boiling residues, such as vacuum residue, which may have to be refined to yield lighter and value-added products. Therefore, residue upgradation technologies are constantly being improved, with the objective of improving the process, lowering the capital costs, and addressing safety and environmental concerns. There is also a need to develop the technologies for the coprocessing of vacuum residues with other organic polymers, such as coal, plastics, and biomass, which may replace the role of hydrogen and also yield lighter products. To understand the chemical reactions and chemical transformations, during the coprocessing, it was necessary to characterize the products obtained.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that seek to define the various methods utilized to convert the petroleum residual oil into value-added products and its environmental impact. This special issue will also cover the use of microbes for the enhancement of petroleum recovery and petroleum products, and oil field chemicals, such as surfactants, oxygen scavenger, corrosion inhibitor, scale inhibitor, and biocides/biostats. Electrochemistry of corrosion mechanism and monitoring is also included. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Thermal and catalytic cracking of petroleum residue
  • Development of catalyst for cracking of petroleum vacuum residue
  • Coprocessing of petroleum vacuum residue with plastics, coal, and biomass
  • Newer methods for the desulphurization of heavy petroleum residual oil
  • Characterization of products obtained from cracking as well as cocracking/coprocessing
  • Environmental impact on the efficient utilization of heavy residual oil
  • Removal of toxic substances from wastewater
  • Petroleum microbiology and biochemistry
  • Electrochemistry of corrosion mechanism and monitoring
  • Environmentally friendly biocides/biostats for souring and biocorrosion mitigation
  • Environmentally responsible use and disposal of chemicals in shale oil and gas extraction
  • Treatment of produced or coproduced water from petroleum refinery

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jchem/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/jchem/petroleum.chemistry/chbi/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 4 July 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 26 September 2014
Publication DateFriday, 21 November 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • M. Ahmaruzzaman, Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Silchar, Assam, India

Guest Editors

  • Tingyue Gu, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
  • Dake Xu, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science, Shenyang, China
  • N. V. Deshpande, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, India