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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 150256, 9 pages
Research Article

A Study on the Morphology of a Dispersed Particle Gel Used as a Profile Control Agent for Improved Oil Recovery

1School of Energy Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
2Key Laboratory of Marine Reservoir Evolution and Hydrocarbon Accumulation Mechanism, Ministry of Education, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
3Key Laboratory of Shale Gas Exploration and Evaluation, Ministry of Land and Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
4Power, Environmental and Energy Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA 91722, USA
5School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, Shandong 266580, China

Received 15 April 2014; Accepted 27 June 2014; Published 20 July 2014

Academic Editor: Yu Xin Zhang

Copyright © 2014 Qing You et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To achieve in-depth profile control of injection water and improve oil recovery, a new profile control agent, termed as dispersed particle gel (DPG), has been developed and reported. In this paper, the morphology of DPG and the factors that influence its morphology are systematically investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM studies show that DPG is composed of small pseudospherical particles and that their sizes can be controlled by adjusting the shearing rate, the initial polymer mass concentration, and the salinity. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) is used to study the effects of the initial polymer mass concentration, the shearing rate, the salinity, and the high-temperature aging on the particle size of DPG. The aggregation ability of DPG is explained using the DLVO theory and space stability theory. This work provides a scientific basis and technical support for the formula design of DPG and its application in the oil and gas field.