Peptization Studies of Asphaltene in Asphalt Systems and Correlation by Solubility Parameter Spectra

  • H. J. Lian
  • J. R. Lin
  • T. F. Yen


Asphaltene particles are dispersed in saturates and aromatic hydrocarbons (gas-oil) with resins as peptizing agents in asphalt or heavy oil. The interaction between resin and asphaltene micelles is not well understood. In the present study, asphaltene has been dispersed into aromatic hydrocarbons (such as toluene), and the precipitations due to additions of paraffinic hydrocarbons (such as pentane) in the presence of a number of amphiphiles have been studied. These amphiphiles certainly affect the asphaltene precipitation, either by retardation or by enhancement, depending on the structural types and quantities of the amphiphiles. We have found that the nature of resin is that it behaves as an amphiphile, since the polar fractions of resin do contain amphiphiles. The solubility parameter spectra of these asphaltenes are discussed.


Stearic Acid Solubility Parameter Nonyl Phenol Carbon Disulfide Toluene Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Lian
    • 1
  • J. R. Lin
    • 1
  • T. F. Yen
    • 1
  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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