Applications of photothermal displacement spectroscopy to the study of asphaltenes adsorption

J. Castillo, S. Goncalves, A. Fernández, V. Mujica

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We have developed an application of photothermal surface deformation (PTD) to study asphaltenes adsorption on inorganic surfaces. Using an appropriate ratio of the probe and excitation beam spot size at the sample surface we have been able to measure the magnitude of the PTD using a single photodiode detector. The magnitude of the PTD signal is shown to be related to the amount of adsorbed asphaltene. This technique offers a direct non-perturbing and completely contactless detection of adsorbed asphaltenes. Solute-solid adsorption isotherms (SSA) of asphaltenes from two Venezuelan extra-heavy oil (Jobo and Hamaca) were measured using a glass thin plate as adsorbent. The results obtained are in good agreement with those reported using conventional indirect techniques but better precision is achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption studies
  • Asphaltenes
  • Photothermal displacement spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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