A Novel Sulfonated Alkyl Ester Surfactant to Reduce Interfacial Tensions in a Wide Range Salinity with Monovalent and Divalent Ions

  •  Taufan Marhaendrajana    
  •  Rani Kurnia    
  •  Deana Wahyuningrum    
  •  Iqbal Fauzi    


A novel sulfonated alkyl ester (SAE) was developed. The sulfonated alkyl ester has unique chemical structures that aimed to combine the advantages of ester-based and sulfonate-based surfactant in one compound. This surfactant was studied for its performance to reduce interfacial tensions in a wide range of salinity with monovalent and divalent ions and in a light and heavy oil samples. The study showed that the sulfonated alkyl ester surfactant gives a good performance in a light oil sample in a high monovalent ion concentration and also give a good performance in a heavy oil sample in both low and high concentration of monovalent and divalent ions solution.

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