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[en] Highlights: • A cylindrical oil model was performed inside a silica nanopore. • Molecular dynamics simulation was used to obtain the aggregation of oil phase. • Steered MD simulation was performed to study oil migration inside silica nanopore. • Solvent accessible surface area was used to study the oil migration process. Two suggested systems of oil in the porosity of the reservoir rock after water flooding were built with an oil cylinder inside a silica nanopore. A series of MD simulations were performed to obtain the aggregation structure of oil phase. The results revealed that heavy oil components showed different distribution position inside silica nanopore in the two oil systems. Heavy oil molecules in heptane can precipitate and adsorbed on silica surface. Steered MD simulation was used to study the oil displacement. By analyzing solvent accessible surface area (SASA), we demonstrated the migration of heavy oil components at molecular level.
[en] Highlights: • The reasons of betaine to enhance the stability of foam films are investigated by molecular simulation. • An electrostatic structure is formed at the air/water interface due to the electrostatic interaction. • The electrostatic structure becomes denser with the increasing concentration of betaine. - Abstract: Zwitterionic betaines are widely used as foam boosters due to these can enhance the stability of foam films. In this paper, mechanistic insights of betaine to improve the stability of alkyl-polyoxyethylene carboxylate (AEC) foam are provided by molecular simulation. In the simulation, we observe the electropositive nitrogen atoms in betaine interact with the electronegative sulfur atoms, an electrostatic structure is formed at the air/water interface. Interaction energies of the mixed surfactants are calculated by the quantum chemistry methods. The calculations show betaine-AEC and betaine–betaine possess attractive interaction, and that AEC–AEC has repulsion to each other. In the other words, the repulsion between the headgroups of anionic surfactants is relaxed by betaine. Additionally, the influence of concentration of betaine on the stability of foam films is also simulated. The RDF and coordination numbers show that the electrostatic structures become denser with the increasing concentration of betaine. Therefore, entry barrier is enhanced accordingly. The SMD simulation also demonstrates the same variation tendency of entry barrier. The simulation details provide vital supplements to experiments.
[en] Highlights: • Translocation mechanism of preformed particle gel in nanopore was investigated. • Effects of surface chemistry and heterogeneity on translocation was scrutinized. • Properties of hydration layer around different nanopores were compared. The translocation behavior of preformed particle gel (PPG) in porous media is crucial for its application in enhanced oil recovery. By means of non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation, the translocation mechanism of PPG confined in different silica nanopores were investigated. The influence of surface chemistry and chemical heterogeneity of silica nanopore on the translocation process was revealed. As the degree of surface hydroxylation increases and the heterogeneity decreases, the pulling force needed to drive PPG decreases. We infer that the nanopore’s surface (i.e. surface chemistry and heterogeneity) affects the translocation of PPG indirectly by forming different hydration layers.
[en] Highlights: • We model the adsorption of mussel protein on two film surfaces. • We investigate the conformation of the adsorbed protein and the interaction between the protein and films. • While adsorption on the films is ruled by van-der Waals interactions. • The interfacial water molecules near the solid films have a profound influence on adsorption behavior of protein. The adhesion of marine life would produce a certain degree of corrosion effect on the hull surface. Shellfish organisms, such as barnacles and mussels, were always used to research the impediment of coating material to protein adsorption. In this work, the adsorbed behaviors of mussel protein on the PDMS and C7F16-SAM surfaces were explored by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Simulation results showed that protein was strongly adsorbed onto the hydrophobic surface, as reflected by the large interaction energy; while the adsorption onto the hydrophilic PDMS surface was weak due to two strongly adhered water layers.