The Effect of Microemulsion Composition on the Adsorption of Petroleum Sulfonates on Berea Sand/Montmorillonite Clay Adsorbents

  • E. J. Derderian
  • J. E. Glass
  • G. M. Bryant


The adsorption from microemulsion of two petroleum sulfonates, PDM-334 and TRS 10-410, on Berea sand/montmorillonite clay adsorbents has been studied to determine: 1) the effect of microemulsion composition, specifically its relative oil and brine content, on sulfonate adsorption; 2) the effect of adsorption on the microemulsion composition and interfacial tension behavior. Whereas the degree of sulfonate adsorption can be determined by conventional methods (e.g. UV spectroscopy), one must utilize a microemulsion property which is a sensitive function of the relative oil and brine content of the microemulsion in order to determine the adsorption-induced changes in the microemulsion composition. This can be accomplished by the use of the microemulsion specific refraction.


Interfacial Tension Glycol Ether Microemulsion Phase Brine Content Petroleum Sulfonate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. J. Derderian
    • 1
  • J. E. Glass
    • 1
  • G. M. Bryant
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemicals and Plastics Research and Development DepartmentUnion Carbide CorporationSouth CharlestonUSA

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