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View challenge: C-7140-0102 - Seeking novel asphaltene inhibitors and asphaltene dispersants for the oil industry
Our Client is seeking novel asphaltene inhibitors and asphaltene dispersants for the oil industry

Our criteria

Cost efficient
Suitable for the intended application
Safe to use

Background

During oil processing asphaltene builds up on pipes and other equipment. Asphaltenes are a class of compounds present in the most liquid oil and gas streams and concentrated in the high-temperature distillation residue of petroleum (> 530C). Asphaltene deposition is a major problem both upstream and downstream in the petroleum industry. Asphaltene can precipitate deep inside the reservoir, in pipelines or onto safety equipment and cause blockages and severe emulsion formation resulting in reservoir damage, loss of crude oil recovery and escalating costs. There are two types (classes) of additives used to tackle the asphaltene problem at the production sites. These are asphaltene dispersants (AD) and asphaltene inhibitors (AI). AI additives prevent the aggregation of asphaltene molecules, whereas AD additives are usually non-polymeric surfactants. AI agents are polymeric resinous materials that stabilize the asphaltenes and prevent destabilization, agglomeration and flocculation of asphaltenes by forming strong association with asphaltene moieties.

Our client's research and development laboratories in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia are staffed with industry experts and state of the art analytical and application equipment. Utilizing R&D best practices we have developed many patented technologies, proprietary products/processes and new applications. We are dedicated to a culture of learning and keep abreast of market and research trends via customer partnerships, academic collaboration and industry trade association participation.

We Offer:

Full funding for selected technologies
Analytical laboratories, pilot facilities and high level R&D teams based on ICL's central R&D institute and the various advanced additives R&D labs
The Advanced Additives business unit as an industrial commercialization partner

IP Collaboration

Funded research
Exclusive IP licensing
Joint development

The proposal would need to clearly describe the technical concept (chemical approach, structure if IP protected) and proof of concept results, if available
Importance
Key Expectation from the solution
Must Meet
 Cost efficient
Must Meet
 Suitable for the intended application
Must Meet
 Safe to use
Good if Met
 
Good if Met
 
Good if Met
 
Challenge Start date: 26-Apr-17         
End date: 16-Mar-18
 Scheduled
 Completed
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 Need attention
Funded research, Exclusive IP licensing, Joint development
 

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