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Review of Phosphorus-Based Polymers for Mineral Scale and Corrosion Control in Oilfield
Liu, Yuan; Zhang, Ping
Source PublicationPolymers

Production chemistry is an important field in the petroleum industry to study the physic-ochemical changes in the production system and associated impact on production fluid flow from reservoir to topsides facilities. Mineral scale deposition and metal corrosion are among the top three water-related production chemistry threats in the petroleum industry, particularly for offshore deepwater and shale operations. Mineral scale deposition is mainly driven by local supersaturation due to operational condition change and/or mixing of incompatible waters. Corrosion, in contrast, is an electrochemical oxidation–reduction process with local cathodic and anodic reactions taking place on metal surfaces. Both mineral scaling and metal corrosion can lead to severe operational risk and financial loss. The most common engineering solution for oilfield scale and corrosion control is to deploy chemical inhibitors, including scale inhibitors and corrosion inhibitors. In the past few decades, various chemical inhibitors have been prepared and applied for scaling and corrosion control. Phosphorus-based polymers are an important class of chemical inhibitors commonly adopted in oilfield operations. Due to the versatile molecular structures of these chemicals, phosphorus-based polymeric inhibitors have the advantage of a higher calcium tolerance, a higher thermal stability, and a wider pH tolerance range compared with other types of inhibitors. However, there are lim-ited review articles to cover these polymeric chemicals for oilfield scale and corrosion control. To address this gap, this review article systematically reviews the synthesis, laboratory testing, and field applications of various phosphorus-based polymeric inhibitors in the oil and gas industry. Future research directions in terms of optimizing inhibitor design are also discussed. The objective is to keep the readers abreast of the latest development in the synthesis and application of these materials and to bridge chemistry knowledge with oilfield scale and corrosion control practice.

KeywordCorrosion Mineral Scale Oilfield Phosphorus Polymers
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Indexed BySCIE
WOS Research AreaPolymer Science
WOS SubjectPolymer Science
WOS IDWOS:000824160500001
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85133534878
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Document TypeJournal article
Corresponding AuthorZhang, Ping
AffiliationDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, Taipa, 999078, Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Science and Technology
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Science and Technology
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Liu, Yuan,Zhang, Ping. Review of Phosphorus-Based Polymers for Mineral Scale and Corrosion Control in Oilfield[J]. Polymers,2022,14(13):2673.
APA Liu, Yuan,&Zhang, Ping.(2022).Review of Phosphorus-Based Polymers for Mineral Scale and Corrosion Control in Oilfield.Polymers,14(13),2673.
MLA Liu, Yuan,et al."Review of Phosphorus-Based Polymers for Mineral Scale and Corrosion Control in Oilfield".Polymers 14.13(2022):2673.
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