B.E/Tech. Education
M.E/Tech. Education

E E E  Coordinator  -
Igor N. Evdokimov,  professor of the Physics Department

Evdokimov I.N

               Why EEE?

          We wanted to emphasize some of the key concepts in our teaching and research (T&R) activities. The main subjects of these T&R are petroleum disperse systems,  particularly  entities with reduced dimensions such as supramolecular assemblies, nanoparticles, surfaces and interfaces.

ENERGETICS.     A common wisdom is that the genesis of petroleum on a geological time scale (from macromolecular kerogen to thermodynamically favored low-MW compounds) is determined by intramolecular energetics supplied by strong chemical bonds. In our T&R we support an opinion that on an “industrial” (present day) time scale of equal importance is intermolecular energetics of comparatively weak bonds in supramolecular aggregates, molecular nanoclusters and the like. In this respect, some of the most “energetic” petroleum species are self-associating asphaltenes.

EVOLUTION.       Dramatic changes in industrially important macroscopic bulk properties of petroleum may be caused by evolution / transformation of supramolecular / nanosize structures. The respective weak bonds may be relatively easily affected by variations in a number of parameters of the system, such as temperature, pressure and also by changes in the composition of the surrounding environment. The evolution of a petroleum nanodispersion is viewed as a kinetically controlled process where intermediate structures are apparently separated from the equilibrium states by large kinetic barriers and may be (meta)stable for months or years.

ECOLOGY.            The main emphasis of T&R is on transformations of reservoir properties induced by technological operations. Among these are adsorption at rock surfaces of petroleum components and of chemicals from drilling and EOR fluids, contamination of underground waters, build-up of mechanical stresses due to pressure / matter depletion, surface subsidence, etc.

The long-term goal of our work -
development of the scientific basis for emerging
[Russian – Language presentation]

            A set of our publications on petroleum nanotechnologies (prior to 2007)  was awarded 
N.K. Baybakov Prize by International Fuel and Energy Association
[PDF - submission letter for the Prize by the Rector of Oil and Gas University (in Russian)]
[PDF - copy of the Prize diploma]

        In 2009, the research "Control of Indigenous Crude Oil Nanocolloids as the Basis of “Clean” Petroleum Nanotechnologies” was nominated for
The Eni Award “New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons”
[PDF - version of the Candidature Proposal]

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Last update : 25.02.2009