NatureWorks Expert Hour -- Degradable Ingeo PLA diverters for increasing well production at downhole temperatures from 120°F to 300°F


The use of Ingeo™ polylactide (PLA) biopolymers for fluid diversion and other downhole fluid management applications for increasing well productivity is longstanding. New developments in these degradable biopolymers introduce faster degradation rates appropriate for low temperature wells down to 120°F. This webinar will cover PLA’s hydrolysis behavior and explain in detail how the rate of degradation can be tuned for applications requiring fast degradation at low temperatures (120-140°F) thru applications desiring slow degradation at high temperatures (~300°F). We’ll also review how different degradable biopolymer shapes including particulates, film, fiber, and molded articles lead to a wide range of end uses and performance attributes downhole.

Dr. Jim Valentine

Technical Fellow, NatureWorks

Dr. Valentine currently leads R&D and new product development projects for NatureWorks. He joined Cargill Dow LLC as Technical Director of Analytical Chemistry in 2000 after serving as Research Associate at Dupont for 10 years. Jim served as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT from 1989 to 1991 and received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1989. Jim also received an MBA from the University of Delaware.


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03/28/2019 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
03/28/2019 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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