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Synthesis and Interfacial Activity of a New Quaternary Ammonium Surfactant as an oil/gas field chemical

Synthese und Grenzflächenaktivität eines neuen quaternären Ammonium-Tensids als Erdöl-/Erdgasfeldchemikalie
Qiaona Liu, Minlan Gao, Yi Zhao, Jinling Li, Chengtun Qu, Jie Zhang and Gang Chen


Cationic quaternary ammonium surfactant s are widely applied in many fields, such as detergent, cosmetics, petroleum and natural gas industries. However, the study of the effect of anion on cationic surfactants is rare. To research the influence of anions on the surface properties, a cationic surfactant was prepared, (cetyltrimethyl ammonium isonicotinate, CTAIN), and the surface properties were studied, including surface tension, critical micelle concentration, foaming ability and stability, and corrosion inhibition. The results indicated that the minimum surface tension of CTAIN is lower than that of CTAC, the foaming ability and foaming stability of CTAIN is higher than that of CTAC, and the corrosion inhibition efficiency on mild steel of CTAC is more potent than that of CTAIN. All the results indicate that the new cationic quaternary ammonium surfactant is a useful surfactant in the related fields.


Kationische quaternäre Ammoniumtenside werden sehr oft in vielen Bereichen, wie der Waschmittel-, Kosmetik-, Erdöl-und Erdgasindustrie eingesetzt. Die Untersuchung des Einflusses von Anionen auf kationische Tenside ist jedoch selten. Um den Einfluss von Anionen auf die Oberflächeneigenschaften zu untersuchen, wurde das kationisches Tensid Cetyltrimethylammoniumisonicotinat (CTAIN) hergestellt und die Oberflächeneigenschaften wie Oberflächenspannung, kritische Mizellenbildungskonzentration, Schaumfähigkeit und-stabilität sowie Korrosionshemmung untersucht. Die Ergebnisse zeigten, dass im Vergleich zu CTAC das Schaumvermögen und die Schaumstabilität von CTAIN höher, die minimale Oberflächenspannung von CTAIN niedriger und die Korrosionsinhibierung von CTAIN auf Weichstahl geringer sind. Alle Ergebnisse zeigen, dass das neue kationische quaternäre Ammoniumtensid ein nützlichliches Tensid auf den verwandten Gebieten ist.

Correspondence address, Prof. Dr. Gang Chen, Shaanxi Province Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control and Reservoir Protection Technology of Oilfields, Xi'an Shiyou University, Xi'an, 710065, China, Stat e Key Laboratory of Petroleum Pollution Control, CNPC Research Institute of Safety and Environmental Technology, Beijing, 102206, China, E-Mail:

Chen Gang is Professor at Xi'an Shiyou University. His research areas are Oilfield Chemistry and Petroleum Chemistry. He is member of Chinese Chemical Society and Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China. He has finished 20 research projects, and published more than 30 research papers. He is also reviewer of 15 academic journals.

Qiaona Liu is a graduated student of applied chemistry

Minlan Gao is a graduated student of applied chemistry.

Jie Zhang is a professor of applied chemistry.


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Received: 2019-05-08
Accepted: 2019-08-13
Published Online: 2020-01-23
Published in Print: 2020-01-21

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