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Water-in-oil (W/O) emulsions create many processing problems in petroleum industry. The enhanced stability of droplets and poor separation of emulsions are often associated with the interfacial accumulation of asphaltenes. The complex nature of asphaltenes has complicated the understanding of...
Recently, a commercially available biodegradable polymer, ethyl cellulose (EC) has been found to be effective in destabilizing water-in-diluted bitumen emulsions. In this study, the role of hydroxyl content and molecular weight of ECs and the effect of mixing and operating temperature in...