Characterization of water-in-crude oil emulsions in oil spill response

Qu F. Wei, R. R. Mather, A. F. Fotheringham, R. D. Yang

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The formation of water-in-crude oil emulsions occurs when crude oils are spilled into sea. The water-in-crude oil emulsions significantly change the properties of the spilled crude oils and in turn influence the choices made relating to oil spill countermeasures. The water-in-crude oil emulsions were characterized using various techniques in this study. The environmental scanning electron microscopy observation of water droplets in the emulsions is also presented. It is a powerful tool in emulsion observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-509
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Environmental Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


  • DSC
  • ESEM
  • Oil spill
  • Oil spill response
  • Water-in-oil emulsions


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