Imperial College London

Professor Erich A. Muller

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Thermodynamics



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BibTex format

author = {Kaimaki, D-M and Haire, B and Ryan, H and Jiménez-Serratos, G and Alloway, RM and Little, M and Morrison, J and Salama, I and Tillotson, M and Smith, BE and Moorhouse, S and Totton, TS and Hodges, MG and Yeates, SG and Quayle, P and Clarke, S and Muller, EA and Durkan, C},
doi = {10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b01390},
journal = {Energy & Fuels},
pages = {7216--7224},
title = {Multiscale approach linking self-aggregation and surface interactions of synthesized foulants to fouling mitigation strategies},
url = {},
volume = {33},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Fouling of oil-exposed surfaces remains a crucial issue as a result of the continued importance of oil as the world’s primary energy source. The key perpetrators in crude oil fouling have been identified as asphaltenes, a poorly described mixture of diverse polyfunctional molecules that form part of the heaviest fractions of oil. Asphaltenes are responsible for a decrease in oil production and energy efficiency and an increase in the risk of environmental hazards. Hence, understanding and managing systems that are prone to fouling is of great value but constitutes a challenge as a result of their complexity. In an effort to reduce that complexity, a study of a synthesized foulant of archipelago structure is presented. A critical perspective on previously described solubility and aggregation mechanisms (e.g., critical nanoaggrerate concentration and critical clustering concentration) is offered because the characterized system favors a continuous distribution of n-mers instead. A battery of experimental and modeling techniques have been employed to link the bulk and interfacial behavior of a representative foulant monomer to effective fouling mitigation strategies. This systematic approach defines a new multiscale methodology in the investigation of fouling systems.
AU - Kaimaki,D-M
AU - Haire,B
AU - Ryan,H
AU - Jiménez-Serratos,G
AU - Alloway,RM
AU - Little,M
AU - Morrison,J
AU - Salama,I
AU - Tillotson,M
AU - Smith,BE
AU - Moorhouse,S
AU - Totton,TS
AU - Hodges,MG
AU - Yeates,SG
AU - Quayle,P
AU - Clarke,S
AU - Muller,EA
AU - Durkan,C
DO - 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b01390
EP - 7224
PY - 2019///
SN - 0887-0624
SP - 7216
TI - Multiscale approach linking self-aggregation and surface interactions of synthesized foulants to fouling mitigation strategies
T2 - Energy & Fuels
UR -
UR -
VL - 33
ER -