White paper on Nano Dispersion Transport in Reservoir Rock

Howard Schmidt (Rice), Andrew Barron (Rice), Chun Huh, Steven L. Bryant

Funding source: Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC)

Funding amount: $30K

The invention and deployment of engineered nano objects and devices could significantly improve recovery of oil from reservoirs. A crucial prerequisite for most applications, particularly those associated with advanced sensing or "illuminating the reservoir," is that the nanoparticles be able to migrate arbitrarily far through the pores of sedimentary rock. The objective of this small project is to carry out a literature survey on the transport of nanoparticles in porous media, to identify requirements for their effective transport in reservoir rocks.