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Clarence A Miller
Professor
Louis Calder Professor in Chemical Engineering
 
e-mail:camill@rice.edu
 
  • BA, BS (1961) Rice University
  • PhD (1969) Univ. of Minnesota
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Environmental and Energy Systems Institute
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    Research Areas
     Interfacial phenomena in emulsions, foams, enhanced oil recovery, environmental remediation
     
    Enhanced Oil Recovery with Surfactants
     Joint research with George Hirasaki to determine suitable surfactants for enhanced oil recovery processes and help individual companies select suitable formulations for selected reservoirs. Funded by oil companies.
     
    Breaking crude oil and diluted bitumen emulsions
     Joint program with George Hirasaki to understand mechanisms of emulsion stabilization and how to choose suitable chemical demulsifiers to break crude oil and diluted bitumen emulsions. Supported by industrial grants and porous media consortium.
     
    Teaching Areas
     transport phenomena, interfacial phenomena
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    H. ShamsiJazeyi, C.A. Miller, M.S. Wong, R. Verduzco, J.M. Tour "Polymer-coated nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery." J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 131 (2014) : DOI: 10.1002/app.40576.

     
     

    M.C. Puerto, G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, C. Reznik, S. Dubey, J.R. Barnes, S. van Kuijk "Effects of hardness and cosurfactant on phase behavior ofalcohol-free alkyl propoxylated sulfate systems ." Soc. Petrol. Enj. J.In Press

     
     

    G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, O.G. Raney, M.K. Poindexter, D.T. Nguyen, J. Hera "Separation of produced emulsions from surfactant enhanced oil recovery processes." Energy and FuelsIn Press

     
     

    Robert Feng Li, Wei Yan, Shunhua Liu, George J. Hirasaki, Clarence A. Miller "Foam mobility control for surfactant enhanced oil recovery." SPE Journal, 15 (4)

     
     

    S. Liu, R.F. Li, C.A. Miller, G.J. Hirasaki "Alkaline/surfactant/polymer processes: wide range of conditions for good recovery." SPE Journal, 15 (2010) : 282-293.

     
     

    T. Jiang, G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, S. Ng "Effects of clay wettability and process variables on separation of diluted bitumen emulsion." Energy and FuelsIn Press

     
     

    Tinmin Jiang, George J. Hirasaki, Clarence A. Miller "Characterization of kaolinite zeta potential for interpretation of wettability alteration in diluted bitumen emulsion." Energy and Fuels, 24: 2350-2360.

     
     

    I.H. Kayali, S. Liu, C.A. Miller "Microemulsions containing mixture of propoxylates sulfates with slightly branched hydrocarbon chains and cationic surfactants with short hydrophobes of PO chains." Colloids and Surfaces A, 354 (2010) : 246-251.

     
     P.R. Garrett, D. Carr, D. Giles, G. Pierre-Louis, E. Staples, C.A. Miller, B.H. Chen, “Solubilisation of triolein by microemulsions containing C12E4/hexadecane/water: equilibrium and dynamics,” J. Colloid Interface Sci. 325, 508-515 (2008).
     
     

    T. Jiang, G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, and K. Moran, “Methods for removal of the rag layer containing clay solids using silicate and pH control,” Energy and Fuels, 22, 4158-4164 (2008).

     
     S. Liu, D. Zhang, W. Yan, M. Puerto, G.J. Hirasaki, and C.A. Miller, "Favorable Attributes of Alkali-Surfactant-Polymer Flooding," SPE Journal 13, 5-16 (2008)
     
     

    S. Liu, D. Zhang, W. Yan, M. Puerto, G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller "Favorable attributes of alkali-surfactant-polymer flooding." SPE JournalIn Press

     
     Energy and Fuels 21 1325-1336 2007
     
     

    Bai, Jinhua; Miller, Clarence A. "Experiments and modeling of growth of myelinic figures in Aerosol OT/water system." Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicoche. Eng. Aspects, 244 (2004) : 113-119.

     
     

    Pe?a, Alejandro A.; Hirasaki, George J,; Miller, Clarence A. "Chemically induced destabilization of water-in-crude oil emulsions." Industrial and Engineering Chemistry ResearchIn Press

     
     

    Zhang, Hui; Miller, Clarence A.; Garrett, Peter R.; Raney, Kirk H. "Defoaming effect of calcium soap." Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 279 (2004) : 539-547.

     
     

    Zhang, Hui; Miller, Clarence A.; Garrett, Peter R.; Raney, Kirk H. "Lauryl Alcohol and Amine Oxide as Foam Stabilizers in the Presence of Hardness and Oily Soil," ." Journal of Surfactants and DetergentsIn Press

     
     

    C. A. Miller, Alejandro Pena "Transient behavior of polydisperse emulsions undergoing mass transfer." Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 41 (2002) : 6284-6296.

     
     

    D. Tanzil, G. J. Hirasaki, C. A. Miller "Mobility of foam in heterogeneous porous media: flow parallel and perpendicular to stratification." SPE Journal, 7 (2002) : 203-212.

     
     

    H.W. Meinardus, V. Dwarakanath, J. Ewing, R.E. Jackson, J.S. Ginn, G.A. Pope, J.T. Londergan, M. Jin, G. J. Hirasaki, C. A. Miller "Performance assessment of NAPL remediation in heterogeneous alluvium." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 54 (2002) : 173-193.

     
     

    Hui Zhang, K.H. Raney, P.R. Garrett, C. A. Miller "Mechanism for defoaming action in aqueous systems by oils and calcium soaps." Journal of Colloid and Interface ScienceSubmitted

     
     

    Jinhua Bai, J.E. Wilson, C. A. Miller "Disintegration of granules made from pure nonionic surfactants and surfactant mixtures." Journal of Surfactants and DetergentsIn Press

     
     Articles
     C.A. Miller, “Antifoaming in aqueous foams,” Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Sci., 13, 177-182 (2008).
     
     

    Hui Zhang, Clarence A. Miller, Peter R. Garrett, Kirk H. Raney "Mechanism for defoaming by oils and calcium soap in aqueous systems." Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 263 (2003) : 633-644.

     
     

    Jinhua Bai, Clarence A. Miller "Experiments and Modeling of Growth of Myelinic Figures in AOT/Water System." Colloids and Surfaces ASubmitted

     
     

    Jinhua Bai, Clarence A. Miller, John E. Wilson "Disintegration of Granules Made from Nonionic Surfactants and Mixtures." Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 6 (2003) : 7-13.

     
     Books
     Miller, C.A. and Neogi, P., Interfacial Phenomena: Equilibrium and Dynamic Effects, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2008.
     
     

    Clarence A. Miller and P. Neogi "Interfacial Phenomena: Equilibrium and Dynamic Effects, 2nd ed.."  (2007) : 501.

     
     Book chapters
     

    C. A. Miller "Soil removal by surfactants during cleaning processes." Surfactant Science and Technology: Retrospects and Prospects (2014) : Chapter 20.

     
     C.A. Miller, “Behavior of emulsions and microemulsions – implications for nanosystems,” chapter in Nano Science: Colloidal Background, V.M. Starov (ed.), in press.
     
     Miller, C.A., Dissolution rates of surfactants, Advances in Polymer Science, 218, 3-24 (2008)
     
     

    Miller, Clarence A. "Spontaneous emulsification: Recent developments with emphasis on self-emulsification." Emulsions and Emulsion Stability, 2nd ed.Submitted

     
     

    C. A. Miller "Micellar systems and microemulsions: solubilization aspects." Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, 2nd ed. (2002)

     
     Book reviews
     

    Clarence A. Miller "Transport Phenomena in Multiphase Systems: Book Review." Chemical EngineeringIn Press

     
     Conference papers
     

    Y. Li, W. Zhang, B. Kong, M. Puerto, X. Bao, O. Sha, Z. Shen, Y. Liu, S. Gu, C. Miller, G. Hirasaki "Mixtures of anionic-cationic surfactants: a new approach for enhanced oil recovery in low-salinity, high-temperature sandstone reservoir ." SPE Symposium on IOR (2014) : SPE 169051.

     
     

    Maura Puerto, George J. Hirasaki, Clarence A. Miller, Julian R. Barnes "Surfactant systems for EOR in high-temperature, high-salinity environments." 

     
     

    J.L. Lopez-Salinas, C.A. Miller, K.H.K. Yoo, M. Puerto, G.J. Hirasaki, Viscometer for opaque, sealed microemulsion samples, presented at SPE International Symposium on Oilfield Chemistry, Woodlands, Texas, April, 2009.

     
     F. Li, W. Yan, S. Liu, G.J. Hirasaki, and C.A. Miller, “Foam mobility control for surfactant EOR,” SPE 113910 presented at Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Tulsa, OK, Apr., 2008.
     
     . G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, and M. Puerto, “Recent Advances in Surfactant EOR”, SPE 115386 presented at Annual Technical Conference, Denver, Sept., 2008.
     
     S. Liu, F. Li, G.J. Hirasaki, and C.A. Miller, “ASP processes: Wide range of conditions for good recovery,” SPE 113936 presented at Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Tulsa, OK, Apr., 2008.
     
     

    Bhide, Vikram; Hirasaki, George; Miller, Clarence; Puerto, Maura; Norman, Lewis; Robb, Ian "Foams for controlling water production." Submitted

     
     

    D. Tanzil, G. J. Hirasaki, C. A. Miller "Conditions for foam generation in homogeneous porous media." SPE/DOE Preprint 75176 (2002)

     
     Other
     

    Alejandro A. Pe?a and Clarence A. Miller "Kinetics of compositional ripening in emulsions stabilized with nonionic surfactants." Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 244 (2001) : 154.

     
     

    Bing-Hung Chen, Clarence A. Miller, Peter R. Garrett "Dissolution of Nonionic Surfactant Mixtures." Colloids and Surfaces A, 183-185 (2001) : 191-202.

     
     

    Clarence A. Miller "Detergency for Engineering Applications of Surfactant Solutions." Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (in press)

     
     

    Clarence A. Miller "Self-emulsification of oil produced by diffusion and chemical reaction ." Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (2001)

     
     

    Clarence A. Miller "Solubilization in surfactant systems." Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, 2nd edition (in press)

     
     

    Taisei Nishimi and Clarence A. Miller "Spontaneous emulsification produced by chemical reactions ." Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 237 (2001) : 259-266.

     
     

    Bing-Hung Chen, Clarence A. Miller, John M. Walsh, Patrick B. Warren, J. Noel Ruddock, Peter R. Garrett "Dissolution Rates of Pure Nonionic Surfactants." Langmuir, 16 (2000) : 5276-5283.

     
     

    Dicksen Tanzil, George J. Hirasaki, Clarence A. Miller "Mobility of Foam in Heterogeneous Media: Flow Parallel and Perpendicular to Stratification." Soc. Petrol. Eng. Preprint 63228 (2000)

     
     

    Taisei Nishimi, Clarence A. Miller "Spontaneous Emulsification of Oil in AOT/Water/Hydrocarbon Systems ." Langmuir, 16 (2000) : 9233-9241.

     
     

    Clarence A. Miller and Moon-Jeong Rang "Spontaneous Emulsification in Oil-Water-Surfactant Systems." Emulsions, Foams, and Thin Films (in press)

     
     

    Moon-Jeong Rang and Clarence A. Miller "Spontaneous Emulsification of Oils Containing Hydrocarbon, Nonionic Surfactant, and Oleyl Alcohol." Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 209 (1999) : 179-192.

     
     

    B.H. Chen, C.A. Miller, P.R. Garrett "Rates of Solubilization of Triolein/Fatty Acid Mixtures." Langmuir, 14 (1998) : 31-41.

     
     

    G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, R. Szafranski, D. Tanzil, J.B. Lawson, H. Meinardus, M. Jin, J.T. Londergan, R.E. Jackson, G.A. Pope, W.H. Wade "Demonstration of the Surfactant/Foam Process for Aquifer Remediation." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (submitted)

     
     

    M.J. Rang, C.A. Miller "Spontaneous Emulsification of Oil Drops Containing Hydrocarbon, Nonionic Surfactant, and Oleyl Alcohol." Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (accepted)

     
     

    M.J. Rang, C.A. Miller "Spontaneous Emulsification of Oil Drops Containing Surfactants and Medium-Chain Alcohols." Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science, 109 (1998) : 101-117.

     
     

    R. Szafranski, J.B. Lawson, G.J. Hirasaki, C.A. Miller, N. Akiya, S. King, R.E. Jackson, H. Meinardus, J. Londergan "Surfactant/Foam Process for Improved Efficiency of Aquifer Remediation." Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science, 111 (1998) : 162-167.

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    presented at Annual Meeting of AOCS, San Antonio

     
     

    International Conference on Surfactants in Solution, Coimbra, Portugal

     
     Invited Papers
     

    Supervised work, presented talk.  "Rates of Solubilization of Mixed Oils in Nonionic Surfactant Solutions." American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans. (March, 2003) With A. Peża, J.C. Lim

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Speaker.  "Separation of crude oil and bitumen emulsions." Surfactants in Solution, Melbourne, Australia. (Nov. 15, 2010) With T. Jiang, G.J. Hirasaki, O. Raney, S. Ng, D.T. Nguyen, M. Poindexter, J. Hera

     
     

    speaker.  "Surfactants for enhanced oil recovery at high temperatures and high salinities." Surfactants in Solution, Melbourne, Australia. (November 18, 2010) With Maura Puerto, George J. Hirasaki, Julian R. Barnes

     
     

    "Surfactants and surfactant processes for enhanced oil recovery." (June, 2009)

     
     

    "Transport and phase transformation in surfactant systems." AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City. (Nov., 2007)

     
     

    "Mass transfer in emulsions stabilized by nonionic surfactants." Dept. Chem. Eng., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL. (March 1, 2004)

     
     

    "Rates of solubilization of mixed oils in nonionic surfactant solutions." 15th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution, Fortaleza, Brazil. (June, 2004) With A. Pe?a, J.C. Lim

     
     

    Made Presentation.  "Mechanism of Mass Transport in Polydisperse Emulsions." University of Missouri - Rolla, Rolla, MO. (August, 200s)

     
     

    Presenter.  ""Mechanism of Solubilization and Other Transport Processes in Emulsions,"." International Conference on Surfactants in Solution, Barcelona. (June, 2002) With Alejandro Pe?a

     
     

    presented talk.  ""Mechanism of Solubilization and Other Transport Processes in Emulsions,"." Max Planck Institute for Colloid and Surface Science, Potsdam, Germany. (June, 2002) With Alejandro Pe?a

     
     

    presented departmental seminar.  "Self-Emulsification Produced by Transport and Chemical Reaction." University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. (April, 2002)

     
     

    presented seminar during consulting visit.  "Solubilization/Emulsification Mechanism of Detergency." General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, NY. (Feb., 2002)

     
     

    presented talk.  "Spontaneous Emulsification." AIChE National Meeting, New Orleans. (March, 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    presenter.  "Renewed interest in surfactants for enhanced oil recovery: prospects and research challenges." International Conference on Surfactants in Solution, Berlin. (August, 2008) With S. Liu, W. Yan, M. Puerto, G.J. Hirasaki

     
     Lectures
     

    "Presented three lectures on enhanced oil recovery to the surfactant department at Sinopec's laboratory in Shanghai.." (Oct. 13-15, 2014)

     
     

    speaker.  "Separation of water-in-diluted bitumen emulsions containing clay solids: effects of silicate and pH." International Conference on Surfactants in Solution, Berlin. (August, 2008) With T. Jiang, G.J. Hirasaki

     
     

    presented talk.  "Effects of calcium carbonate and calcium soaps on foam stability." AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. (November, 2004) With J.C. Lim, Hui Zhang

     
     

    "Experiments and Modeling of Growth of Myelinic Figures in Aerosol OT/Water System ." AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. (Nov., 2004) With J. Bai

     
     

    made presentation.  "Rates of solubilization of mixed oils in nonionic surfactant solutions." AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. (Nov., 2004) With A. Pe?a, J.C. Lim

     
     Other
     

    Supervised work, presented talk.  "Mechanisms Controlling Solubilization Rates of Mixed Oils." AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco. (November, 2003) With A. Peża, J.C. Lim

     
     

    "Self-emulsification of surfactant/oil mixtures produced by diffusion and chemical reaction." Particles 2001 , Orlando, FL. (Feb. 24-27, 2001) With M.J. Rang, T. Nishimi

     
     

    "Self-emulsification of surfactant/oil mixtures produced by diffusion and chemical reaction." Department of chemical engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. (Nov. 19, 2001) With M.J. Rang, T. Nishimi

     
     

    "Spontaneous emulsification in oil/water/surfactant systems." Chinese Academy of Sciences, Surfactant group, Beijing, China. (May, 2001)

     
     

    "Trends in chemical engineering education in the United States ." Tsinghua University, Department of chemical engineering, Beijing, China. (May, 2001)

     
     

    "Drop Size Evolution in Emulsions of Mixed Oils." ACS National Meeting , San Francisco. (March, 2000)

     
     

    "Phenomena Involving simultaneous Diffusion and Phase Transformation in Oil/Water/Surfactant Systems ." Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (October, 2000)

     
     

    "Rates of Dissolution of Nonionic Surfactants and Their Mixtures." Unilever Research Laboratory, Bangalore, India. (November, 2000) With M.J. Rang, T. Nishimi

     
     

    "Rates of Dissolution of Nonionic Surfactants and Their Mixtures." 10th International Conference on Colloid and Interface Science , Bristol, England. (July, 2000) With B.-H. Chen, P.R. Garrett

     
     

    "Rates of Dissolution of Nonionic Surfactants and Their Mixtures." Unilever Research Laboratory, Bombay, India. (November, 2000)

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification of Surfactant-Oil Mixtures Produced by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction." Symp. for 25th Anniversary of Phys. Chem. at University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany. (September, 2000) With T. Nishimi, M.J. Rang

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification of Surfactant/Oil Mixtures Produced by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction." Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. (November, 2000) With T. Nishimi, M.J. Rang

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification of Surfactant/Oil Mixtures Produced by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction." Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Bombay, India. (November, 2000) With M.J. Rang, T. Nishimi

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification of Surfactant/Oil Mixtures Produced by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction." Society of Cosmetic Chemists Annual meeting, New York. (December, 2000)

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification of Surfactant/Oil Mixtures Produced by Diffusion and Chemical Reaction." Unilever Research Center, Edgewater, NJ. (December, 2000) With T. Nishimi, M.J. Rang

     
     

    "Surfactant/Foam Process for Aquifer Remediation." University of Loughborough, Loughborough, England. (July, 2000) With G.J. Hirasaki and others

     
     

    "Dissolution Rates of Nonionic Surfactants." AIChE Annual Meeting, Dallas. (November, 1999) With B.-H. Chen, P. Garrett

     
     

    "Fundamentals of Micelles and Microemulsions." Workshop on Remediation of Aquifers, Austin. (Dec., 1999)

     
     

    "Solubilization Rates in Micellar Solutions and Microemulsions." Symp. for 70th Birthday of Howard Brenner, Boston. (September, 1999) With B.-H. Chen, P. Garrett

     
     

    "Surfactant/Foam Process for Aquifer Remediation." National Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Boston. (June, 1999) With R. Szafranski, G. Hirasaki, J. Lawson, D. Tanzil and others

     
     

    "Rates of Solubilization in Nonionic Surfactant Systems." Seminar, Univ. of Essen (Germany). (June, 1998)

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification." German Colloid Society Conference (invited lecture), Julich, Germany. (June, 1998) With M.J. Rang

     
     

    "Self-Emulsification." National Colloid and Interface Symposium (invited lecture), Penn State Univ.. (June, 1998) With M.J. Rang

     
     

    "Spontaneous Emulsification." Fine Particle Soc. Ann. Mtg., Dallas. (March, 1998)

     
     

    "Spontaneous Emulsification of Oil Drops Containing Surfactants and Alcohols." AIChE Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, FL. (Nov., 1998) With M.J. Rang

     
     

    "Surfactant Processes for Aquifer Remediation." Gordon Conference on Permeable Media (invited lecture), New Hampshire. (August, 1998)

     
     

    "Surfactant/Foam Process for Aquifer Remediation." Southern Conference on Environmental Progress, Biloxi, MS. (Sept., 1998) With G.J. Hirasaki and others

     
     

    "Surfactant/Foam Process for Aquifer Remediation." Seminar, LSU, Baton Rouge, Chem. Eng. Dept.. (Feb., 1998)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    speaker.  "Surfactant processes for enhanced oil recovery." Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. (November10, 2010)

     
     

    met various faculty, gave seminar.  "Alkaline-surfactant processes for enhanced oil recovery." University of Manchester, Dept. Chemical Engineering, Manchester, England. (August, 2008)

     
     

    "Alkali-Surfactant Processes for Enhanced Oil Recovery." Texas Tech, Dept. Chem. Eng., Lubbock, TX. (Sept. 21, 2007)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editorial Board, Colloids and Surfaces A. Elsevier. (2000 - 2000)

     Editorial Board, Colloids and Surfaces. Elsevier. (1999 - 1999)

     Editorial Board, Colloids and Surfaces A. Elsevier. (2001 - 2001)

     Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science. Elsevier. (2001 - 2001)

     Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science. Elsevier. (2000 - 2000)

     Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science. Elsevier. (1999 - 1999)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Jinhua Bai, PhD Dissolution Rates of Surfactants and Granules. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Alejandro Peża, PhD Dynamic Aspects of Emulsion Stability. (2003) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Hui Zhang, PhD Effect of Oils, Soap and Hardness on the Stability of Foams. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Vikram Bhide, PhD Stability of Foams with Polymeric Surfactants. (2004) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Shunhua Liu, PhD Alkaline Surfactant Polymer Enhanced Oil Recovery Process. (2007) (Thesis Co-Director)