Editors: Rafael Martínez Palou, Natalya V. Likhanova

Applications of Ionic Liquids in the Oil Industry: Towards A Sustainable Industry

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ISBN: 978-981-5079-58-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5079-57-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2022
DOI: 10.2174/97898150795791230101


This book is a guide to the application of ionic liquids (ILs) in the oil industry. It includes ten chapters that review basic and advanced topics. Starting with a general introduction to IL structure and properties, the book comprehensively explains the use of ILs in key petroleum extraction processes such as pollutant removal, demulsification, crude oil transport and oil recovery. Additional applications that are important for the sustainability management of petrochemical operations such as deepwell hydrate inhibition, CO2 capture, corrosion engineering, catalysis, hydrocarbon separation, bitumen extraction and stabilization are also included. Each chapter also provides bibliographic references for further reading.

The wide range of topics makes this an informative reference to students and professionals in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering programs and any other training course that requires reading material for an understanding of the oil industry. General readers and researchers interested in the fascinating chemistry of ionic liquids will also enjoy this book.


Students, researchers, professionals who need to understand the use of ILs in the oil industry.


Ionic liquids represented a real revolution in Chemical Sciences in recent decades. They have attracted enormous research efforts due to their unique properties, with the potential to replace a range of small- and large-scale processes in which technological processes present severe problems of efficiency, high toxicity, and sustainability.

The Oil Industry has not been an exception, significant advances have been made in the last two decades in new alternatives to solve technical problems with the use of ionic liquids. In fact, the alkylation process for high-quality gasoline production is one of the remarkable industrial success stories that have demonstrated that ILs (Chapter 9 of this book) have the potential to solve safety, environmental and processing issues present in oil refineries.

The Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP), which I had the opportunity to visit a few years ago, is a research center that has devoted relevant efforts to solving technological problems in the oil industry, being the leading institution in its country in the number of patents granted and their applications. Over the years, IMP has dedicated important resources to improve the technological processes of Petróleos Mexicanos with the use of ILs as the reader will learn through this book that can be a source of inspiration and consultation for students, academics, and researchers in the area.

With very best wishes for an enjoyable and fruitful reading.


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