Surface Activity And Dynamics Of Asphaltenes

  • Eric Y. Sheu
  • M. M. De Tar
  • D. A. Storm


A series of surface tension measurements were performed to study the surface activities as well as the dynamics of Ratawi asphaltenes in organic solvents. Nitrobenzene and pyridine were found to be good candidates for this study. The results indicate that asphaltene molecules are surface active and thermodynamically reversible during the micellization and dissociation processes, similar to surfactant solutions. Due to the structural complexity, the micellization and dissociation kinetics are considerably slower than surfactant systems. This study provides solid evidence that asphaltenes are surfactant-like molecules, unlike the previously hypothesized concept that maltenes are the only surfactant-like component in petroleum.


Surface Tension Critical Micelle Concentration Surfactant Solution Surface Tension Measurement Desorption Kinetic 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Sheu, E. Y., DeTar, M. M. and Storm, D. A.; Solution Properties of Colloids Formed by Petroleum Vacuum Residue; Macromolecular Reports, A28, 159–175, 1991.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Mack, C., Phys. Chem.36, 2901, 1932.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Pfeiffer, J. P. and Saal, R. N. J., J. Phys. Chem., 44/ 1159, 1940.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Eiler, H., J. Phys. Chem., 51, 1195, 1949.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Ray, B. R., Witherspoon, P. A. and Grim, R. E., J. Phys. Chem., 61, 1296, 1957.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Speight, J., Wernick, D.L., Gould, K. A., Overfield, R. E., Rao, B. M. L. and Savage, D. W., Revue de L’institut Fracancis de Petrole, 40., 51, Janvier-Fevrier, 1985.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Rosen, M. J., Surfactant and Interfacial Phenomena, John Wiley & Sons, New York, pp207, 1978.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Y. Sheu
    • 1
  • M. M. De Tar
    • 1
  • D. A. Storm
    • 1
  1. 1.Research and Development Department TexacoBeaconUSA

Personalised recommendations