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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2017, Article ID 2473175, 15 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2473175
Review Article

Recent Advances in Nanoparticles Enhanced Oil Recovery: Rheology, Interfacial Tension, Oil Recovery, and Wettability Alteration

1Center for Integrative Petroleum Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Petroleum Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
3Schlumberger Dhahran Carbonate Research Center, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
4Center of Research Excellence in Renewable Energy, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Abdullah S. Sultan; as.ude.mpufk@sanatlus

Received 14 June 2017; Accepted 10 August 2017; Published 8 October 2017

Academic Editor: Minea A. Adriana

Copyright © 2017 Muhammad Shahzad Kamal 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.

Abstract

Chemically enhanced oil recovery methods are utilized to increase the oil recovery by improving the mobility ratio, altering the wettability, and/or lowering the interfacial tension between water and oil. Surfactants and polymers have been used for this purpose for the last few decades. Recently, nanoparticles have attracted the attention due to their unique properties. A large number of nanoparticles have been investigated for enhanced oil recovery applications either alone or in combination with surfactants and/or polymers. This review discusses the various types of nanoparticles that have been utilized in enhanced oil recovery. The review highlights the impact of nanoparticles on wettability alteration, interfacial tension, and rheology. The review also covers the factors affecting the oil recovery using nanoparticles and current challenges in field implementation.